Apple’s sub-$300 ‘iPad mini’ to launch in Q3, report claims

By on April 16, 2012 at 9:40 AM.

Apple’s sub-$300 ‘iPad mini’ to launch in Q3, report claims

Apple plans to launch a new entry-level iPad tablet in the third quarter that will aim to draw attention away from the impending onslaught of Windows 8 tablets, a recent report claims. Chinese-language news site NetEase on Monday claimed that Apple’s “iPad mini” will be introduced during the third quarter this year. While details were limited, the report stated that Apple will have as many as 6 million units ready for launch, all of which it will likely need if the rumored price point of between $249 and $299 pans out, as NetEase claimed. Apple has been rumored on multiple occasions to be working on a smaller version of its wildly popular iPad tablet, and a third-quarter launch lines up with recent reports. With Apple’s rivals currently looking to compete by slashing prices, some speculate that a lower-cost iPad could be a serious blow from which their tablet efforts may not recover. More →

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Apple reportedly testing 7.85-inch iPad prototype

By on April 5, 2012 at 9:05 AM.

Apple reportedly testing 7.85-inch iPad prototype

Apple is reportedly “noodling with” a smaller 7.85-inch iPad model in its labs, according to John Gruber of Daring Fireball. Gruber revealed the information on an episode of The Talk Show after host Dan Benjamin asked if Apple was going to come out with a smaller tablet. “Well, I don’t know. What I do know is that they have one in the lab…a 7.85 inch iPad that runs at 1024×768… it’s just like the regular iPad shrunk down a bit,” Gruber said. “I’ve heard from multiple people that this is something that they’re kind of noodling with.” He went on to say that he has not heard anything regarding Apple’s plans to release the smaller model, and it is unclear if it will ever make it to market. Gruber speculated that Apple may have prepared the prototype in response to the Kindle Fire. He also suggested that it could possibly be unveiled at the Cupertino-based company’s Worldwide Developers Conference, since it’s unlikely that Apple will unveil a new iPhone at the event. We have seen numerous rumors regarding a smaller 7.85-inch iPad in the past. The slate is expected to be priced in the $249 to $299 range and could launch in the third quarter of 2012. More →

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Samsung again tips ‘iPad mini,’ says Apple will buy $11B in Samsung parts this year

By on March 13, 2012 at 1:50 PM.

Samsung again tips ‘iPad mini,’ says Apple will buy $11B in Samsung parts this year

Apple plans to launch a smaller version of its popular iPad tablet later this year according to an unnamed official at Samsung. While speaking with The Korea Times, the anonymous Samsung official said that Apple will likely spend a record $11 billion on Samsung-sourced parts for its various devices in 2012. “The amount of the current contract is around $9.7 billion,” The Korea Times was told. The site’s source continued, “The contract is expected to rise to $11 billion by the end of this year as Apple is planning to release a smaller iPad, probably with a 7.85-inch screen, and to sell more of its MacBook Air PCs using Samsung’s faster solid state drive (SSD) storage.” Apple’s 7.85-inch iPad has been rumored on a number of occasions, and Samsung Securities mentioned the unconfirmed tablet recently in a confidential report. Samsung currently supplies a variety of parts for Apple’s PCs and mobile devices, and the company is reportedly the sole supplier of Retina Displays for Apple’s new iPad, which goes on sale Friday, March 16th. More →

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iPad mini with ‘slim bezel display’ may cost between $249 and $299

By on March 12, 2012 at 8:05 PM.

iPad mini with ‘slim bezel display’ may cost between $249 and $299

Apple’s often rumored “iPad mini” could feature a slim bezel display, allowing the screen to occupy a larger portion of the tablet’s face than it does on current iPad models. DigiTimes on Monday cited sources within Apple’s supply chain in claiming the new smaller iPad will utilize 7.85-inch IPS/FFS display panels built by LG Display and possibly AU Optronics as well. While the original iPad, iPad 2 and new iPad features a design that includes a fairly substantial bezel surrounding the screen, Apple’s iPad mini will reduce the size of the bezel, thus allowing Apple to create a smaller overall footprint. DigiTimes also reports that the new 7.85-inch iPad will likely be priced between $249 and $299 when it launches later this year. More →

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Apple’s 7.85-inch ‘iPad mini’ due later this year, report claims

By on March 1, 2012 at 8:40 AM.

Apple’s 7.85-inch ‘iPad mini’ due later this year, report claims

Apple is reportedly planning to launch a smaller version of its popular iPad tablet that will enter production during the third quarter this year at the earliest. DigiTimes on Thursday reported that Apple’s scaled-down iPad is already being assembled by the company’s manufacturing partners. Samples are currently being delivered to Apple for verification and volume production is rumored to begin in the third quarter. The new tablet will feature a 7.85-inch display to compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet, and pricing is expected to fall in the $249 to $299 range according to DigiTimes’s sources. The site had previously reported that Apple’s “iPad mini,” as some have called it, could launch as soon as the third quarter of 2012. More →

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Apple is prepping an 8-inch iPad, WSJ says

By on February 14, 2012 at 7:10 AM.

Apple is prepping an 8-inch iPad, WSJ says

Apple is currently working with suppliers on a smaller version of the iPad, The Wall Street Journal reports. Citing unnamed sources from within Apple’s supply chain, the report claims that the Cupertino-based company is currently showing off designs for a new iPad that packs the same resolution as the iPad 2 into a display that measures around 8-inches diagonally. This new report is in line with earlier reports claiming Apple is planning a 7.85-inch iPad with the same display resolution as the iPad 2, though The Journal’s report indicates that Apple is not as far along in the build process as had been previously indicated. The Wall Street Journal also notes that Apple “works with suppliers to test new designs all the time” and could drop its plans to build the new iPad. More →

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