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  • Bloomberg Says 'iPad Mini' is Happening... This Year


    For three years now, we've lived with a persistent, nagging, and - let's face it - relentlessly annoying rumor that Apple would "soon" release a so-called "iPad Mini." Over the last six months, however, the intensity of these rumors picked up pace inside the Apple supply chain. And now... arguably the most credible source of all has weighed in.

    Late Wednesday, Bloomberg reported a headline some of us could never imagine coming from the venerable news and media powerhouse. The iPad mini is, indeed, coming. And it's coming this year. The smaller, cheaper (probably $199) iPad - according to "two people with knowledge of the plans" - will help keep Apple the king of the tablet market as competing heavy-hitters like Google and Microsoft ready lower-priced devices for emerging markets.

    The new model will have a screen thatís 7 inches to 8 inches diagonally, less than the current 9.7-inch version, said the people, who asked not to be identified because Apple hasnít made its plans public. The product, which Apple may announce by October, wonít have the high-definition screen featured on the iPad that was released in March, one of the people said.
    October is shaping up to be a juggernaut month for the iDevice maker. All signs point to October being the launch time for the 6th generation iPhone as well as a new iMac with Retina Display. And if an iPad Mini is tossed into the mix, Apple's 2012 holiday quarter might be the biggest earnings bonanza humanity has ever witnessed.

    Source: Bloomberg
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Bloomberg Says 'iPad Mini' is Happening... This Year started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 27 Comments
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Here we go again....

      Apple-related website/forum; if you don't like it then go elsewhere.

      Windows SUCKS! Sorry...but it's true.

      If you enjoy:

      -waiting for ur computer to boot up for 2-5 min
      -processing multiple tasks slowly
      -consistently slowing down because you store data on it
      -replacing your PC every 3 yrs
      -crash unexpectedly
      -attracting viruses when you simply look up the definition of a word
      -antivirus software that slows down ur machine while charging you a $60 annual fee
      -is outdated by the time you get a new machine home

      Then, by all means, use Windows!!! If you want to say that you don't encounter these problems BUT also claim to be pushing your PC to do abnormal tasks that the 'average/simple-minded' person doesn't do....well, then, you're a liar!!!!

      I used to be a Windows Fanboy and I spent hours - days - (sometimes) weeks of useless time trying to FIX this 'amazing' piece of software just cuz I wanted to try out something new...

      Guess what, though? I push my 'Crapple' products to do things it normally doesn't do but I won't have to waste my time fixing the OS cuz it just works and I don't get the blue screen of death!

      So get off this site just to bash us!!! You have NO place judging where we come from or what our background is!

      FYI...all these businesses that use Windows also have an IT Dept that's CONSTANTLY fixing all the problems that occur everyday! I guess you forgot to point that out... I'm in the medical field and I get called by people to fix their PCs when IT isn't available. THAT'S NOT EVEN MY JOB (im a Surgical X-Ray Tech) but that's how often something Windows-based fails. I wonder how much money could be saved if they simply switched to Apple? :-p

      Hope your PC doesn't freeze up while loading this page...LOL!

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      To the regular MMI members:
      Sorry for the rant! I'm getting sick and tired of the Android/Windows vs Apple war on this website.

      Obviously, they have nothing interesting to talk about on their own forums so they've decided to attack us for enjoying our products while they hate theirs...
    1. ColeTrex's Avatar
      ColeTrex -
      I will never stop being amazed by all the bickering on this website. Apple is clearly better! NO! Android is the best! You both are wrong! The surface will kill the ipad!!!!! Nag nag nag! Cry me a river.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by ColeTrex View Post
      I will never stop being amazed by all the bickering on this website. Apple is clearly better! NO! Android is the best! You both are wrong! The surface will kill the ipad!!!!! Nag nag nag! Cry me a river.
      I agree w/ the first part...it's tiring.

      If the Surface kills the iPad, then great!!! That means Apple will need to step up their game, right?!?? I have the ipad2 and think its just an over-sized iPod touch BUT it still outsells every tablet on the market.

      These people just need to stop coming here to attack us for supporting our stuff...it's a waste...don't u think?
    1. Evan88's Avatar
      Evan88 -
      I have an idea. Instead of arguing over what device is better why not buy what you want and be happy about it? No sense trying to make other people like your opinion. If someone wants a surface they'll buy it. If someone wants an iPad they'll buy it. Plain as that.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by Evan88 View Post
      I have an idea. Instead of arguing over what device is better why not buy what you want and be happy about it? No sense trying to make other people like your opinion. If someone wants a surface they'll buy it. If someone wants an iPad they'll buy it. Plain as that.
      +1
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Lets get the facts correct. Steve Jobs is gone and so is the stigma of staying with the current model. Apple has been making changes since his passing and will continue to do so..its the evolution of a good business. When Steve was around, they never thought to make the iPhone bigger..now they are talking bigger iPhone. When Steve was around, he mocked smaller tablets..now they are talking smaller tablets. When Steve was around, they did not share or give $$ away to investors..they now share the wealth so to speak. Times change and so do demands. If Apple doesn't listen they will lose. Not to mention they OWN the tablet market. Only part of the tablet market that have yet to corner is the "small tablet" market. I believe making a 7" would be smart business. No we don't NEED one but most would purchase it over a fire or even the new Nexus 7 tablet..all about the apps as has been stated throughout this blog. Time will tell i suppose.
    1. PoEtikly's Avatar
      PoEtikly -
      I'm so happy to see this because all of the people in "rumor" threads about the iPad mini never happening, etc... Gets a big wet mess in their face.