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10-09-2012, 11:25 PM #1
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
10-09-2012, 11:51 PM #2
I can deal with wifi only. I have new iPad and its only wifi.
10-10-2012, 01:00 AM #3
so it's like an ipod touch just a little bigger? ok
10-10-2012, 01:15 AM #4
So is the kindle Fire. It's also only Wi-Fi only. Some people like a smaller iPad. The Samsung Galaxy Tabs we sell here are only Wi-Fi devices also. I to have a iPad3 Wi-Fi only device; makes sense since we just got LTE here in Alaska so why pay for data when i have unlimited on my iPhone & will Continue to have Unlimited Data for as long as I have service with At&t.It is Not by our Hands that things Change, BUT rather our Interventions that change ourselves.
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10-10-2012, 03:28 AM #5
I have a wifi only iPad2 and always regretted no 3G service option. I think a wifi only iPad mini is a mistake.
Problem is Apple can't charge an extra $130 for the LTE version at the lower price point.
10-10-2012, 03:41 AM #6
10-10-2012, 04:07 AM #7
No it says iPad lol. It's faster and there's a lot of apps that are iPad only.
I hope they put a faster chip in the new iPad. I'm planning on buying one right after they announce it!
10-10-2012, 05:20 AM #8
Typical Apple, 4G will be saved for next years model, the iPad mini 2 with 4G! Wow!
10-10-2012, 05:46 AM #9
10-10-2012, 06:42 AM #10
Maybe the surprise is that its ALSO a phone??? PLEASE....
Still waiting for the BIGGER Screen!
10-10-2012, 07:02 AM #11
10-10-2012, 07:41 AM #12
10-10-2012, 08:24 AM #13
An iPad mini is for people who just want what they can't have. If Apple was to make an iPad mini, you same people would complain about it and then demand something else. It's just how it goes.
Last edited by mustard05; 10-10-2012 at 08:27 AM.
10-10-2012, 09:12 AM #14
Do you think the iPad Mini is a bad idea? If so, why? Do you also think it's a bad idea for TV manufacturers to produce TVs of such vastly different sizes.
10-10-2012, 10:49 AM #15
As for you question.......... An iPad mini is an interesting debate. However is it a good idea? That in all reality can only be answered by surveys and most importantly a cost analysis. Overall it is even more complicated than that.
I have not looked at sales numbers from other company's regarding there smaller tablets. However I do know that iPad is selling at a stellar rate. Even the less expensive iPad 2 is still selling at a great rate. It makes no sense to produce another product that would corrode there own dominance in a specific market. Keep in mind that just because other manufactures are making a smaller more affordable tablet, that does not mean they are profitable. It does not even mean that the market segment is worth the cost. From a business aspect, smaller tablets are just another way competitors are trying to break down Apples market barrier/wall. They are only trying to get your money vs Apple getting it by making a more affordable tablet.Although, it doesn't matter because over time, Apples wall will start to diminish on its own anyway. At some point consumers will all move on to the next best thing and even the all mighty iPad and iPhone will become what is known as "dogs." Obviously at the moment they are "cash cows."
I do eventually expect an iPad mini, but not so soon. I would expect to see it when Apple really starts loosing market share, or the product needs to seriously be updated to capture sales. Hence, we now have iPods available in different colors. I mean do you really think adding colors to the iPod line up needed a serious technological advancement for that to happen?
If they do release one this year I would be surprised and also interested to see how it affects iPad and iPod sales. I do however expect to see one next year. However I am not privy to what there survey's and cost analysis are telling them. In the end we will all find out together.
As for your comment about television sizes, that is irrelevant. The TV market is very saturated and old. It is a very Mature market. It is not a great comparison.
10-10-2012, 11:09 AM #16
I'd have to agree with the notion that it dose not make sense to release an iPad mini "yet" and take away from the sales of the current iPads.
10-10-2012, 01:17 PM #17
I just don't think there is going to be an iPad mini... I wish we would all get a grip.
10-10-2012, 02:10 PM #18
I remember someone saying 7 inch tablets were dead on arrival.
10-10-2012, 02:14 PM #19
10-10-2012, 07:00 PM #20
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