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    Retina iPad mini leak points to upgraded processor and cameras



    Apple is expected to debut a new iPhone, iPad and iPad mini tablet later this year. Earlier rumors have suggested that the company’s popular 7.9-inch tablet would see a variety of improvements over the previous model. According to MobiLeaks, the second-generation iPad mini will be equipped with an improved Retina display with 2048 x 1536 resolution that works out to 324 pixels per inch, and it will feature Apple’s dual-core A6X processor as well. The device’s camera will reportedly be upgraded with an 8-megapixel sensor on the back and a 2-megapixel sensor on the front. The thickness of the next iPad mini is also said to be increasing from 7.2mm to 7.5mm, likely to make room for a larger battery. Apple is expected to release the second-generation iPad mini sometime this fall.


    5-16-13

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    The iPad Mini 2 Could Cost $249 [Rumor]



    At $329, the iPad mini is Apple’s cheapest iPad by far… but compared to $199 and $249 Android tablets, it’s still pricy in the 7-inch markets.

    That might change, though. A new rumor suggests that Apple will release the iPad mini 2 for the low, low price of $249.

    The report comes from Citi Research, who don’t seem to have a lot of evidence to go by. CNET reports:

    “Supply chain checks by Citi’s Asia-Pac Technology Team suggest a mix shift surprisingly toward Apple’s older iPhone4/4S,” he wrote.

    Then added. “And with our expectation of a low-end iPhone slated for September launch, followed by a sub-$250 iPad Mini, we expect this trend to persist…

    The Citi note mentions a comment by Apple Chief Operating Officer Peter Oppenheimer to back up the expected shift to cheaper devices, including the Mini. “We are managing the business for the long term and are willing to trade off short-term profits where we see long-term potential,” Oppenheimer said during the most recent earnings conference call.

    I don’t buy it. The iPad mini, even at $329, is still the best-selling iPad out there. Apple’s making gobs of money on the iPad mini 2, and they aren’t going to cut their profit margins to sell it at $249, especially with an iPad mini with Retina Display in the pipeline, which will only cost more to make.

    I could see the price of the original iPad mini sinking to $249 or even $199 after the iPad mini with Retina Display debuts, but no way does Apple drop the price of the mini across the board. What do you think?


    5-29-13

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    With the iPad Mini at that price there's no reason to keep the iPod Touch in the lineup then. Why not make my iPad Micro? That would fill the void? :lol:
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    New iPad To Launch In Q3, But You’ll Have To Wait Longer For New iPad Mini [Rumor]



    Apple is expected to refresh its iPad lineup this fall, but its next-generation tablets may not arrive together. According to supply chain sources in Taiwan, the fifth-generation iPad will enter production as early as next month in time for a launch during the third quarter, but we might have to wait longer for a new iPad mini.

    The rumor comes from sources for DigiTimes, so it’s best we don’t read too much into it for now. But here’s what they have to say:

    Volume production of a new-generation 9.7-inch iPad will begin in July-August with shipments in the third quarter estimated at five million units. Meanwhile, a second-generation iPad mini may see its volume production postponed from September to November, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

    The sources also claim that the new iPad will adopt a “thin-film-type touch panel solution to reduce its weight by 20-30%,” as well as a slim bezel design to increase the display area.

    We’re not quite sure what they mean by the latter, because Apple’s not going to increase the size of the display. Instead it’s expected to make the iPad’s bezels narrower simply to make the device a little smaller than its predecessor.

    We’re expecting the new iPad to look almost identical to the iPad mini, only bigger.

    As for the new iPad mini, it’s unclear when that will launch if indeed its production has been delayed. Again, we’re not going to read too much into this because of where it comes from, but either way, we can’t imagine the new iPad mini won’t come before the holiday season.

    DigiTimes reports that the device has been postponed to prevent the new iPad mini from damaging sales of the new iPad, but those who want the smaller device are unlikely to change their mind due to a delay — they’ll just wait longer for it.


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    Rumor: Apple to start next-gen iPad production in July, iPad mini in November



    A new report out of East Asia claims Apple will begin mass production of the fifth-generation iPad in July or August ahead of a third quarter launch, while the ramp-up for the next iPad mini has been pushed back to November.

    Citing sources at Apple's partner suppliers in Taiwan, DigiTimes reports the redesigned 9.7-inch iPad will see a production window between July and August, with initial shipments reaching 5 million units by the end of September.

    The publication notes Apple's flagship tablet will see an expected design change, with thinner bezels and a slimmer profile bringing it more in line with the current iPad mini.

    As for the next-gen mini, these sources say production has been pushed back one month to November, though the reason for the delay is unclear. Market watchers speculate that Apple may be staggering the two product introductions as the mini negatively impacted sales of the full-size iPad last year. Another theory is that the supply chain simply can't meet the original build schedule.

    With the delay, the total number of iPads shipped during 2013 could be lower than earlier forecasts of 80 to 100 million units, with shipment weighting at 65 percent for the 9.7-inch iPad and 35 percent for the mini.

    There has been a glut of rumors regarding the upcoming next-generation iPads, though most point to to major changes in design for the 9.7-inch version, while the 7.9-inch iPad mini will receive a high-resolution Retina display.




    KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has been reliable in predicting Apple's product moves, believes both tablets will be launched in the third quarter, though the fifth-generation iPad will see a slightly earlier release as the "iPad mini 2" has hit development issues.


    6-4-13

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    Samsung Is Making The Retina iPad Mini’s Display [Rumor]



    If Apple is going to update the iPad mini with a Retina Display a year after it’s debut, they need to get cracking on sourcing the 2,048 x 1,536 resolution, 7.9-inch displays that will drive them. Now a new rumor suggests that Apple has contracted good ol’ frenemy Samsung to make them for them.

    According to a report from Korea’s ETNews, Samsung Display is supplying the 7.9-inch Retina Displays to Apple, along with a new display for use in the iPad 5. The Retina iPad mini displays will be delivered to Apple in the third quarter, or starting next month, while the iPad 5 displays will come in the fourth. Both, presumably, would launch near Christmas.

    That’s an interesting report. It’s possible that if Apple gets them in the third quarter, that they could manufacture enough Retina iPad minis to launch in the fourth quarter. Samsung might be able to deliver iPad 5 displays to Apple on a later timetable, both because the process is largely proven compared to 7.9-inch Retina Displays, and because Apple anticipates demand for the iPad 5 to be less than for the Retina iPad mini, which I think is a safe bet.

    The big question is why Apple is signing orders with Samsung after taking such pains to distance their manfuacturing from them. Previous reports suggested that Apple would begin manufacturing Retina iPad minis this month with displays provided by LG, but ETNews suggests Apple was forced to go back to the arms of Samsung after LG wasn’t able to attain the yields required for a full-scale launch.


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    Latest Retina iPad mini rumor says Apple eyeing early 2014 launch



    Apple's iPad mini may not gain a high-resolution Retina display until early next year, if the latest rumor about the second-generation 7.9-inch tablet proves accurate.

    The claim was published on Friday by China's Economic Daily News, which said that though Apple originally planned to launch a Retina iPad mini this fall, it may be delayed until the first quarter of 2014. As such, the rumor suggests that a second-generation iPad mini will not launch this year.

    It's expected that a Retina display on the iPad mini would follow the same double-resolution approach used by Apple in existing devices like the iPhone and full-size iPad. That would mean the iPad mini's 7.9-inch display would need to pack in the same 3.1 million pixels into a panel nearly two inches smaller in diameter.

    The latest report comes on the heels of a separate rumor out of the Far East from earlier this week which claimed Apple plans to launch a new fifth-generation, full-size iPad in September. That report claimed that the features of a second-generation iPad mini, such as a Retina display, remain in flux at Apple.

    Reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities said in April that Apple was experiencing yield issues in manufacturing high-resolution screens for its next iPad mini. He suggested that production issues would push back the launch of the second-generation tablet, but at the time he believed it would still launch this October.

    The first-generation iPad mini debuted last October with a screen resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels. That matches the resolution of the first-generation iPad and iPad 2, but packs the pixels into a smaller space, giving the display a higher pixel density.

    Still, the iPad mini display squeezes in only 163 pixels per inch — an improvement on the 132 pixels per inch found on the first two iPad releases, but still well below the 264-pixel-per-inch density of the third- and fourth-generation iPads.


    7-12-13

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    The iPad Mini 2: Low-Res Version This Year, Retina Version In 2014? [Rumor]



    The iPad mini is, for my money, the perfect iPad as far as form factor is concerned. But man, that 1024 x 768 display just looks like garbage once you’ve gone Retina. So while I have (and love) my iPad mini as an e-reader, I won’t get rid of my Retina iPad until the iPad mini can match it, pixel for pixel.

    I doubt I’m alone in this, which is why everyone’s eagerly waiting for the iPad mini 2. Apple obviously wants to put a Retina Display in the next-generation tablet, but the question remains: is the technology (and the production yields) there yet to make it a reality? Not in 2013, according to a new report.

    Taiwan’s Economic Daily News says that because there are display panel shortages, Apple won’t be able to release a Retina iPad mini later this year alongside the new, improved iPad 5.

    Instead, what they seem to see Apple doing is releasing a low-res version of the second-gen iPad mini this year, then perhaps beefing it up with a Retina Display during a mid-cycle update in early 2014, similarly to the way the third-gen iPad was replaced withing 6 months with the more powerful, Lightning-equipped iPad 4.

    Sounds plausible to me, which makes the prospect of buying a low-res iPad mini 2 this year even less palatable than it was before. On the other hand, at least there’ll still be some point to the iPad 5 when it’s released, if only for a few months.


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    Report: Upgraded spec, lighter iPad Mini expected later this year, ‘almost bezel-free



    If today’s Digitimes report is to be believed, Apple has a spec-updated iPad Mini due later this year, in time for the holidays. Details are, of course, scant but a slightly updated version of the current iPad mini which is expected to be ‘lighter, thinner and equipped with improved specifications’ is said to be targeted for a 2nd half of 2013 release.
    I’m not sure how much sense it makes to change the size of the iPad Mini at this point but some improved CPU/GPU would be appreciated – almost as much as a $30 price drop, which might make more strategic sense.

    According to the report, the 2048×1536 pixel Retina version of the iPad Mini won’t come until early 2014 with production ramping up at the end of 2013. That’s a change from last months Digitimes’ report which expected the Retina iPad for the holidays.

    Perhaps most interesting here is that Apple is said to be working on a bezel-less design for the Retina Mini which could either make the device smaller or the screen bigger in the same form factor. Apple would also have to increase the battery size and GPU considerably as it did when the iPad 3 went Retina.

    Apple is reportedly aiming to use Retina panel technology equipped with 2,048 by 1,536 resolution in the next generation 7.9-inch iPad mini. Apple is also said to be revising the design of the chassis to give the next-generation iPad mini an almost bezel-free look.

    Additionally, the sources said that Apple’s upcoming fifth-generation iPad is expected to use thin-film touch screen technology, which will be able to reduce the weight of the device by 20-30%. The device will also feature a slimmer bezel design to allow a bigger viewing area.

    Oh and that Septmber iPad 5 that Digitimes reported last week?

    The fifth-generation iPad 5 is expected to start production in small amounts during July 2013 followed by volume shipments of 2-3 million units in August and September. As of October, shipments of the device are expected to increase another 25-30%, the sources believe. Digitimes previously claimed that the new iPad 5 could weigh in at under one pound (for comparison, the iPad mini weighs 0.68 pounds)




    Back in January, we posted photos of shells for the next full-sized iPad, above, making claims of a slimmer, iPad-mini like bezel unsurprising.



    7-15-13

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