The iPhone 6 may be the hottest device coming from Apple this year, but that doesn’t mean the company has stopped working on some other interesting products. A new report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News says Apple will soon launch an even slimmer iPad mini model, and that it’s still working on a bigger iPad Pro version. More →
We have seen dozens of dummy mockups of Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6 over the past few months, and the odds are very good that we can expect Apple’s actual iPhone 6 to resemble them when it launches sometime this fall. But according to a recent report from Nikkei, which has a very good track record when it comes to Apple’s unreleased devices, these iPhone 6 mockups feature a massive design flaw compared to Apple’s real next-generation smartphone that will completely change the look of the device.
Thankfully, we can now see what Apple’s iPhone 6 might look like without that big flaw, courtesy of one of the best in the business. More →
Has Microsoft finally found the key differentiated functionality that will make its Surface mini tablet a hit? According to earlier reports, Microsoft cancelled plans to unveil its smaller Surface tablet at the last minute this past May when the realization set in that consumers likely would have no reason to purchase the Windows RT slate over the similarly sized iPad mini or Android tablets. According to a new report, however, plans to launch the Surface mini are now back on. More →
The biggest two items on Apple’s fall release schedule are going to be the iPhone 6 and the yet-to-be-seen iWatch, but we shouldn’t forget that the company’s popular tablets are due to get new models as well. MacRumors directs our attention to a new picture published at Taiwanese website Apple.club.tw that shows a mockup of the iPhone 6 sitting on top of what appears to be the next-generation iPad mini and the next-generation iPad Air. MacRumors notes that we really can’t tell very much about the new iPad mini from the leaked picture although it does seemingly show that Apple’s newest mini tablet will indeed have the Touch ID fingerprint scanning system that was first unveiled with the iPhone 5s. More →
Apple may be working on a few wild prototypes, Jefferies analyst Peter Misek wrote in a research note to investors, including a 4-inch OLED iPhone that transforms into an iPad mini. Apparently, Misek got wind of various Apple prototypes from Asian suppliers, although MacRumors suggests the company might keep such prototypes close to the chest, producing them in-house or in very small quantities by certain partners. More →
Xiaomi on Thursday unveiled it’s first tablet ever, the Mi Pad, which looks like an iPad mini clone dressed in iPhone 5c colors, and which will be more than affordable when it launches in China later this year. The tablet will cost 1,499 yuan (about $240) or 1,699 yuan (about $270) depending on built-in storage, which is significantly lower than the iPad mini, whose price starts at $399. More →
Many reports have detailed Microsoft’s plans to release a smaller Surface mini Windows tablet that would compete directly against the iPad mini and similarly sized Android tablets, but the company has taken its time to actually bring the product to market. However, Microsoft may soon launch the Surface mini, as it has scheduled a “small” press event for May 20 in New York City, where it’s supposed to talk about its Surface tablet line, according to The Next Web. More →
If you’ve been holding out for a discount on the latest line of iPads, you’re in luck. 9to5Mac noticed on Thursday that refurbished Retina iPad minis are now available on Apple’s website, starting at $339 for a 16GB, Wi-Fi-only model in silver and space gray. 32GB Wi-Fi models are listed at $419 and 64GB models will run you $509. Each of these prices represents between a 15-16% discount off of the standard price for a new device. More →
Despite the fact that we have seen nothing new from Apple through the first two and a half months of 2014, the company reportedly has a huge year planned that will include the launches of a number of new products beginning late in the second quarter. The third quarter is apparently when the action will really start though, and a new report from one of the most reputable sources in the business seemingly reveals key details about Apple’s next-generation iPad Air and iPad mini tablets. More →
Alleged iPhone 6 design drawings that were leaked back in March have already inspired one designer to come up with a set of iPhone 6 renders that imagine what the new smartphone might look like. However, MacRumors has come up with its own set of renders based on the drawings, commissioning designer Ferry Passchier to render the 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch iPhone 6 models based on those design sketches and to compare them with current devices. More →
Apple executives may hate Samsung and its “poorly made objects” with every fiber of their being but that doesn’t matter: Samsung is still a first-rate component supplier and Apple still needs it to help manufacture products to the scale it wants. AppleInsider directs our attention to a new report from Korea’s ETNews that claims Apple has decided to go with Samsung as its top supplier for displays for its iPad mini tablets. More →
New research from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) shows that the iPad Air and the Retina iPad mini accounted for 57% of the total number of iPads sold in the U.S. during the holiday quarter, eclipsing other iPad models available from Apple. The iPad Air and Retina iPad mini, which launched only on November 1st, accounted for 41% and 16% of total iPad sales, respectively. The fourth-generation iPad that was available in stores until the iPad Air was launched accounted for 13% of sales, while first-generation iPad mini sales made up 25%. Only 5% of sales were iPad 2 units, a number significantly lower than the 27% registered in the December quarter back in 2012. More →
Apple finally added a Retina display to its popular iPad mini tablet this past November, but severely constrained supply may have left a substantial number of consumers Retinaless this holiday season. According to a new report from Digitimes, however, there will be more than enough to go around next quarter. The site points to data from its own research arm in stating that Apple’s iPad lineup was the best-selling tablet line in the world heading into the holidays, thanks in large part to aggressive Black Friday promotions from a number of retailers. The iPad mini with Retina display, however, wasn’t even available from some retailers. According to Digitimes, any manufacturing issues Apple’s partners were having appear to have been resolved and iPad mini with Retina display shipments are expected to reach between 5 million and 6 million in Q1 2014. The site’s sources believe demand from Asia will heat up during the Lunar New Year holiday and pent-up demand elsewhere will also likely see Apple continue to sell the new iPad mini as quickly as its partners can build it.