The latest gossip about the rumoured iPad Mini
15 October 2012

The latest gossip about the rumoured iPad Mini

Read all the latest gossip surrounding Apple's rumoured miniature

Read all the latest gossip surrounding Apple's rumoured miniature slate

Apple is rumoured to be sending out invites to the launch of the iPad Mini for Wednesday October 12 2012. But radio silence is the general state of affaires.Nothing is landing in anyone's inboxe.

There's still hope, The minature tablet is expected to be announced on October 17.

iPad Mini: When is it out?

Apple is expected to show you under the covers of the iPad Mini in weeks, specifically, on October 17. Why the iPad Mini?--it's strategic to fend of competition from rival firms, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Google, which launched the Google Nexus 7 tablet a few months back.

At first, critics found it difficult to believe that Apple would launch a mini slate-- it would undercut pricing of the standard iPad. A 7-inch iPad would perform extremely well in terms of sales recently, it's believed the Cupertino-based firm may have had a change of heart. We've all been wrong before so this is said with extreme caution. It does however look like it is time. Apple has held off launching a smaller iPad because it would squeeze their profits by giving a cheaper iPad option that is a more relevant form factor for the current market.

The rumours emerged just weeks after Barnes and Noble launched its Nook range of tablets, while online retailer Amazon is gearing up to launch its new Kindle Fire tablets at the end of the month. The iPad Mini is expected to be available in shops from November 2 in time for the pre-Christmas rush.

iPad Mini: How much will it cost?

Chinese sources claim that the miniature iPad will be priced at around $250-$300 USD. Apple devices are notoriously expensive, so the launch of a cheapish tablet is a clear indication that the San Francisco firm is pulling out all the stops to ensure Amazon doesn’t steal its tablet podium gold spot.

Competitive Threats

Some analysts also believe the launch of a mid-sized tablet will fend off competition from the likes of Samsung and Microsoft, both of which have been very active in their pursuits to overtake the world’s biggest company. Analysts claim Apple stands to gain about $100 in profit for each tablet sold. That figure is based on a calculation of its potential components, with the screen costing the most at $49.54 USD.

Samsung has also seen miniature success in the form of the Samsung Galaxy Note, a tablet and mobile phone all-in-one sporting a colour-rich 5.3-inch screen.

The device has sold over 5m units despite only being released a few months ago, and its follow-up, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, is expected to be unveiled at the IFA show in Berlin in August.

Although going miniature seems to be the new fad in tablet design, critics believe that Apple will avoid the trend, according to MacWorld.

The late Apple boss Steve Jobs once famously scoffed at mid-sized slates during an Apple earnings call in October 2010, saying: “The 10in screen size is the minimum size required to create great tablet apps. 7in tablets are tweeners: too big to compete with a smartphone, and too small to compete with an iPad.”

“These are among the reasons that the current crop of 7-inch tablets are going to be DOA -- dead on arrival,” he said.

iPad Mini: What specs will it have?

The controversial motherboard manufacturer Foxconn and the design and electronics manufacturer Pegatron, two of Apple’s most devoted iKit producers, have apparently already been briefed about the iPad Mini. They will, according to reports, be actively involved in the production of the device.

Whether the iPad Mini will function as a mobile phone remains to be seen, however, it will reportedly sport a 7-inch screen – it was originally believed to be a 5-inch screen - supposedly with the same pin-sharp resolution as the new iPad.

How has Apple reacted to Microsoft Surface?

Although we all expected to a full parade of Windows 8 tablets arriving in late 2012,, none of us expected a Microsoft-branded slate. The software giant unveiled the Microsoft Surface tablet earlier this month, although a release date and price point is yet to be allocated.

The Windows 8-toting device measures in at 10-6 inches and sports a rugged Gorilla Glass 2 display. Also in the mix is a stunning 1920x1080p Full HD ClearType screen and a USB 3.0 connector. It will be available in two storage models: 64GB and 128GB.

What will the surprise release of the Surface mean for Apple? We’re yet to hear how the Apple team in Cupertino have reacted to the news.

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