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  • New Report Claims iPad Mini to be Wi-Fi Only


    According to a report by The Guardian, the upcoming small form factored iPad, otherwise known as the iPad Mini, will not be offered in a 3G-capable version. This report counters the previously released “leaked” parts that clearly showed the black plastic RF panel in the Apple tablet (which points towards cellular-connectivity). The move is one that is said to be a cost-saving measure since 3G wireless connectivity not only increases the up-front cost of the device but also pushes for a monthly fee for data access.

    Speculation all points towards highly suspecting that Apple would make such a move to deny the “iPad Mini” the option of cellular connectivity, although we still have yet to see how the company plans to market the device. The same sources also mentioned that Apple is likely to release an updated version of the third-generation iPad, which will adopt the iPhone 5’s baseband chip to offer support for additional 4G support. It’s likely we’ll see Apple’s new Lightning connector as well, with people saying that Apple will continue to expand the new plug’s implementation across future mobile device releases.

    Apple’s A6 system on a chip is also rumored to be released as part of the coming refresh of the 9.7-inch iPad as well. It was reported just recently that an unknown iPad running an A6 series processor was found in developer’s access logs. Something like this points towards the possibility of Apple internally testing a refreshed iteration of the iPad.
    We’ll find out soon enough as Apple is said to make an announcement in the month of October.

    Source: The Guardian
    This article was originally published in forum thread: New Report Claims iPad Mini to be Wi-Fi Only started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. Carnage122896's Avatar
      Carnage122896 -
      That's not so bad, it's just like a tablet then!
    1. Janet55's Avatar
      Janet55 -
      I don't believe this rumor. Apple wont launch an iPad like this just to compete with Kindle fire or other 7" tablet, as Steven Jobs' slander of the 7-inch tablet was, in effect, a nice bait-and-switch, I believe if Apple launch an "iPad Mini", it will get us stunned.
    1. Ozzie5374's Avatar
      Ozzie5374 -
      So will this be the first time Apple have copied the others in marketing a 7 inch pad? Use to be that Apple were the innovators not the followers. There's nothing in the iphone 5 that I want that I don't already have in a JB 4. Come back Steve! They're straying from the truth!
    1. nealh's Avatar
      nealh -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ozzie5374 View Post
      So will this be the first time Apple have copied the others in marketing a 7 inch pad? Use to be that Apple were the innovators not the followers. There's nothing in the iphone 5 that I want that I don't already have in a JB 4. Come back Steve! They're straying from the truth!
      You may not want what the iPhone 5 has but many others do. I love the reduced weight and thickness, this alone is a homerun.
      More ram is great as well.
    1. Ozzie5374's Avatar
      Ozzie5374 -
      Quote Originally Posted by nealh View Post
      You may not want what the iPhone 5 has but many others do. I love the reduced weight and thickness, this alone is a homerun.
      More ram is great as well.
      How many grams are we talking about? And a poofteenth of a couple of mm. Where I live there are plenty of rams. I find the ones I've got do a good enough job already.
    1. nealh's Avatar
      nealh -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ozzie5374 View Post
      How many grams are we talking about? And a poofteenth of a couple of mm. Where I live there are plenty of rams. I find the ones I've got do a good enough job already.
      Weight loss is noticeable. My 4S feels very heavy in comparison. Maybe not important to you but it was the reason for me to upgrade.