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iPad mini Release Date Set for December?

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News of a tiny iPad has cropped-up once more. The iPad mini, which reportedly has a screen between seven and eight inches in size, is rumoured to go on sale this December following an October launch.

According to Bloomberg, which claims to have talked to two people with "knowledge of the plans", writes that the iPad mini is real and will be unveiled this October, to go on sale before the end of the year. Often dismissed as a myth, iPad mini rumours have been reignited by the recent unveiling of the Google Nexus 7 tablet.

The story's sources offer few specifics on what the small tablet will offer, but do say that it will offer the same resolution and the first and second generation iPads - 1,024 x 768. In a 7in screen, this would offer pixel density of 183 pixels per inch. That's arguably not enough to earn the Retina badge, and is less than the Google Nexus 7 offers, but would nevertheless provide a very sharp image. And, more importantly, would make the smaller iPad plug into the App Store easily.

Analyst Shawn Wu of Sterne Agee & Leach Inc claims that the iPad mini will cost around £160, mimicking the price of the Google Nexus 7.

With several of Apple's main tablet rivals putting a renewed focus in the 7in form - Amazon reportedly has a new Kindle Fire in the works - an iPad mini may seem like a dead cert. However, former Apple CEO Steve Jobs claimed in the past that tablets this size are just too small to offer a good experience. And while Tim Cook has been at Apple's helm for almost a year, you can bet any Apple product due for launch within the next couple of month will have been worked on by Jobs.

Via Bloomberg

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July 4, 2012, 5:55 pm

How's that full Nexus 7 review coming along?

iPad Mini - I'm sure Apple can eat a little humble pie over this one, they will sell gazillions if they price a 16-32GB version at around £160. Personally, I can't see that price actually being anywhere near that, rather around £259 for an 8GB and £299 for a 16GB.

At least we'll be able to transfer photos onto the iPad mini from an SD card, (albeit with a silly dongle) unlike an unrooted Nexus 7. Tut, tut, tut.

I ate my own words and pre-ordered the 16GB N7 after reading the USB OTG would be possible in root. Adding an extra 32GB of accessible memory makes the N7 very appealing, even via a cable and adapter. :)


July 5, 2012, 12:08 am

We don't have one yet but... soon!


July 5, 2012, 3:44 am

@ElectricSheep Apple already regularly sell a refurb (like new, with full warranty) iPad 2 16GB for £259, so I think they'll go a lot lower with this. Even a completely new iPad 2 16GB is £329, Apple wouldn't confuse the market for only a £30 savings..

I really think the price will be much closer to £200.

I also ordered a Nexus myself mainly to hack around with it (I code for Android too...)

I read that the USB OTG storage is working for rooted Nexus (which may mean lost warranty?), but for some yet unknown reason you can't read files directly off external storage, you have to copy the files to the device first. But I guess hackers will eventually get around this either via a patch or a new ROM.


July 5, 2012, 5:31 pm

@GK.pm Same here, got the N7 to hack it - i'm sure it'll have a long shelf life with all the fantastic support on the usual forums. You can always unroot it if you need to make a warranty claim, but I doubt any potential claims will have much to do with the software and more hardware failures.

Apple: Who knows?! If Google are struggling to make any profit margin with their plastic / rubber construction, priced at £159/£200 then I'm struggling to see where Apple's required & legendarily huge profit margins will come from. (Even taking into account their massive economies of scale in production). Especially when they will be using more expensive materials in the form of metals over plastic.

Paul N

July 6, 2012, 6:34 pm

I've been waiting years for a computer of significantpower that would fit conveniently into a man's inside jacket pocket, so roll on the iPad mini, but preferably with 128GB available.

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