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One of Apple's hesitations in releasing a small size tablet was that it would cannibalize it's 9.7-inch iPad sales, but was that an unfounded concerned? Not according to at least one analyst, who lowered his iPad shipment forecast after seeing the 7.9-inch iPad mini jump out to a fast start. The iPad mini has been selling so well that Apple is having a rough time keeping up with demand. "iPad mini demand remains strong, but shipments appeared limited by supply constraints," Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu wrote in a research note, according to ZDNet. "On the other hand, build plans for iPad appear to have been reduced likely due to some cannibalization by iPad mini." In light of all that, Wu lowered... Read more...
Is there any stopping the iPad from tablet dominance? Give it time and Android is likely to skip ahead in market share simply by sheer volume and the number of partners pumping out devices based on Google's open source operating system, but it won't happen next week, next month, or even next year. The iPad is still incredibly popular, and if Apple can get a grip on panel production, DisplaySearch believes it might ship as many as 100 million tablets next year. "When Apple unveiled the iPad mini in October many criticized it’s $329 price as too expensive for a 7-inch segment tablet PC, given competition from other 7-inch tablet PCs, including Amazon Kindle Fire, Google Nexus, Asus, and many... Read more...
Good news for those of you who pre-ordered the Wi-Fi + Cellular version of the iPad mini. The waiting game is almost over, as Apple has begun notifying customers that the 4G LTE-equipped tablet will start shipping out in the next five days. Despite carrying a pricing premium over competing (and slightly smaller) 7-inch tablets like the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD, Apple's iPad mini is off to a fast start. Apple almost immediately sold out of its initial batch of Wi-Fi models, and just recently announced that it sold 3 million iPad mini and 4th generation iPad tablets combined over the first three-day weekend of sales, a figure that only included Wi-Fi models. Apple is still short on stock. New... Read more...
In the fiercely competitive 7-inch tablet category, it's not unusual for companies to sell their slates at cost or even at a slight loss. The idea is to get the hardware into consumers' hands, and then flip a profit on content consumption sales, like ebooks, music downloads, apps, and so forth. A recent teardown analysis of the iPad mini reveals that Apple may be taking a different approach. The folks at All Things D got their hands on a teardown report by research firm IHS iSuppli, and according to the part-by-part analysis, the cost of components in the 16GB iPad mini model comes to $188. That's $141 less than the $329 retail price tag it carries, though it's important to note that the Bill... Read more...
You might as well go find a pile of sand to pound if you were hoping to be the first person on the planet to install an iPad mini into a car dash. It's already been done, just hours after Apple's newest tablet went on sale, by the folks at Soundwaves of Tampa, and they have a handful of pictures and a 3-minute YouTube video (embedded below) to prove it. The iPad mini is arguably a better option for car dashes than the regular iPad, both because of its smaller size and also due to the fact that it's the least expensive iPad model you can buy, save for refurbished units. A couple of fabricators at Soundwaves of Tampa rigged a custom dash in a 2012 Toyota Corolla before the iPad mini was released.... Read more...
Hurricane Sandy left a path of destruction in its wake after wreaking havoc on the East Coast, but one thing it didn't do is dampen demand for Apple's iPad mini, at least not by as much as you might think. Long lines reportedly formed at Apple's 5th Avenue store in New York this morning in anticipation of the 7.85-inch tablet's launch, which was slightly delayed to 10:00 AM (Eastern), likely because of Sandy's lingering effects. Several hundred people stood in line at the 5th Avenue location, somewhere between 500 and 600 in all, according to reports, and they were all hoping to go home with an iPad mini device. Apple began taking pre-orders online on October 26, and it didn't take long to sell... Read more...
Mobile devices like smartphones and tablets aren't exactly known for being user friendly when it comes to do-it-yourself (DIY) repairs, but Apple appears to have gone below the call of doodie, if you will. The fine folks at iFixIt got their mittens on Apple's new iPad mini tablet, tore it open, and rated the device on its Repairability scale, which awards devices higher scores for being easier to service. The lower the score, the harder it is to repair a device. So, what did the iPad mini receive? A 2 out of 10, which is the exact same score iFixIt gave the recently introduced 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. In this case, the iPad mini was dinged points for having "teeny-tiny" screws... Read more...
We don't know if this will end up going viral or not, but a new YouTube video mocking the recent iPad mini launch offers up a pretty funny reflection of the marketing genius Apple possesses. Heavy on sarcasm, the video, which was produced by John Elerick, who is "probably the smartest person you know, probably," according to his Twitter account, pokes fun of everything the iPad mini lacks, and how Apple is able to spin a negative into a positive. "With all of the mini advances, you probably expect to pay more than double the price of the full-size iPad. But this amazing device is $170 cheaper on every level. Yes, you heard correct. You get more for less, minus the Retina Display and faster processor,"... Read more...
Trying to decide between a Kindle Fire HD or an iPad mini? Amazon is all too happy to assist. Marking what might be the beginning of a tiny tablet war, Amazon over the weekend posted a giant advert on the top of its main website comparing the two devices, and you can guess which one came out on top. Preceding the ad's side-by-side comparison of the two devices is a quote from Gizmodo that pretty much sums up Amazon's feeling about the iPad Mini. "Your 7.9-inch tablet has far fewer pixels than competing 7-inch tablets! You're cramming a worse screen in there, charging more, and accusing others of compromise? Ballsy," the quote reads. Source: Amazon The ad doesn't reveal anything that tech savvy... Read more...
Steve Jobs wanted nothing to do with a 7-inch tablet, calling such devices "tweener" gadgets that sit uncomfortably between a smartphone and larger size slate. He was wrong, of course, and Apple eventually came to the conclusion that it too needed a tweener device to compete with the popular Kindle Fire HD (best selling product on Amazon) and Nexus 7. Thus the iPad Mini was born. Game, set, match, right? Not so fast. The problem with Apple's strategy is that the iPad Mini is a full $130 more than either of the above mentioned Android-based alternatives. There's no doubt the iPad Mini will sell, but will it dominate the category? "Apple had an opportunity to step on the throat of Amazon and Google,... Read more...
Apple on Tuesday formally introduced the iPad Mini, a miniature sized iPad tablet with a 7.9-inch display rather than the 9.7-inch found on the full size iPad. Pricing for the iPad Mini starts at $329, quite a bit higher than the entry-level Kindle Fire HD (Amazon) and Nexus 7 (Google) devices, both of which begin at $199. Apple's quick to point out that the iPad Mini is the most affordable iPad device ever, but even if the market ultimately agrees, will there be enough stock to satisfy demand? "As is typical, we expect the iPads to be supply constrained initially, especially the iPad Mini with its $329 price. The new low price point is expected to appeal to a wider audience and drive up demand.... Read more...
The good news for Amazon is that its Kindle Fire HD devices are apparently selling like gangbusters. Since going on sale a little over a month ago, Amazon reports the Kindle Fire HD is the best selling product on the company's entire site, which is saying something when you consider the number of items Amazon sells. So what's the bad news? Well, Apple has scheduled a press event for later today, and unless all the rumors and speculation have been way off base (highly unlikely), the Cupertino company is going to make a bid for the smaller size tablet market by introducing the iPad Mini. Based on early reports, the iPad Mini is likely to launch with a 7.85-inch display. Rather than quibble over... Read more...
Apple is expected to announce the oft-rumored iPad Mini at a press event next week, which will likely then go on sale on or around November 2nd, well in time for the holiday shopping season. That time frame has analysts wearing out their calculators as they crunch numbers trying to determine how many iPad Mini devices are likely to be sold in the coming months, and what effect it will have on Apple's full size iPad. Their conclusion? "We believe that the smaller iPad could cannibalize one million regular iPad units in December at a rate of cannibalization at 20 percent. For every five million smaller iPads, you lose one million standard iPads," Gene Munster, an analyst with Piper Jaffray, relayed... Read more...
There have been more iPad Mini rumors lately than you can shake an Apple tree at, but rest assured, it will all soon be over. No, Apple hasn't confirmed the existence of a shrunken iPad tablet, however the Cupertino company is reportedly holding a press event on October 23rd, where it will almost assuredly launch the device. The invitation-only event is curiously timed to fall on a Tuesday when traditionally Apple holds such things on a Wednesday. Apple's rumored event also falls just 72 hours before Windows 8 launches to the general public and, by extension, Microsoft's Surface tablet hits the street running. There's a ton of hype surrounding Windows 8, so it's not likely an iPad Mini event... Read more...
Will there or won't there be an iPad Mini? And if Apple is planning to launch a smaller size tablet, when will it launch? Those are both good questions, and unfortunately all we have to go on are rumors and speculation. One thing we can tell you, however, is that original iPad owners are the most likely to purchase an iPad Mini device, while Kindle Fire owners are the least likely. So says newly released results from an August survey by deals site TechBargains.com, which went out and pinged over 1,300 respondents. Surprisingly, only 18 percent of those surveyed said they're interested in purchasing the iPad Mini, and half of all respondents said flat out they have no plans to pick one up. Nearly... Read more...
Today kicks off another work week, and that inevitably means another round of iPad Mini rumors, a common occurrence the past month or so. The latest unofficial chatter relates to the iPad Mini's production and launch date, which is expected to be available to purchase in early November. Indications up to this point suggest Apple will hold a press event unveiling the device later this month. There's a lot at stake here for Apple, and the Cupertino company expects nothing less than stellar sales in what's becoming a crowded market. The iPad already dominates sales in the large size tablet arena, but when it comes to smaller devices in the 7-inch to 8.9-inch range, competition is decidedly stiffer.... Read more...
Will there or won't there be an iPad Mini device in Apple's future? That's the million dollar question that no one seems to know for sure, except for all those unnamed sources who all claim to have the inside scoop, some of which are now saying the iPad Mini will be unveiled this month. Take this with a grain of salt, but CNN Money says a "major Apple investor" it spoke with (and who asked not to be named, of course) has heard from multiple sources that Apple will begin mailing out iPad Mini press event invitations to the press on October 10. Assuming Apple doesn't deviate from its usual time frame with such things, that would mean the press event and iPad Mini unveiling would take place a week... Read more...
For months we've been hearing rumors about an iPhone 5 and iPad Mini device from Apple, but could it be possible that they're actually one and the same? It sounds far fetched, but only if you're not familiar with "rubber-band electronics," which is a nifty technology that allows you to stretch out your hardware similar to how pinch-to-zoom works. Check it out. Obviously the above video is just a farce and we're having some weekend fun here on HotHardware, but guess what? Rubber-band electronics is a real technology, just not to the extent shown in the video above. "Researchers at the McCormick School of Engineering, working with a team of scientists from the United States and abroad, have recently... Read more...
The iPad Mini is coming, that much is almost certain. What we don't know is how much it will cost and how well it can compete with the 7-inch Android crowd that consists primarily of the Kindle Fire (Google) and Nexus 7 (Google). In the absence of that information, we're left to speculate on both accounts, which is what one analyst recently did. How low Apple goes depends on how motivated the company is to "crush the competition," IHS iSuppli analyst Rhoda Alexander told CNet. According to Alexander, Apple could go swing as low as $249 for an entry-level iPad Mini device, and at that price point, the company would make it awfully tough on the competition. On the other side of the pricing spectrum,... Read more...
Popular tablets like Amazon's Kindle Fire and Google's Nexus 7 built by Asus seem to prove that the late Steve Jobs was dead wrong in saying 7-inch "tweener" devices have no place in the market, but maybe what he meant to say is that Apple users aren't interested in such things. If that is what he meant to say, then a new survey backs his claim and shows he was right to avoid the tweener category. A coupon site pinged nearly 1,900 people on how they felt about the upcoming iPhone 5 and oft rumored iPad mini device. Surprisingly, almost 8 out 10 -- or 78 percent, to be precise -- of respondents said they're rather own an iPhone 5. Why so? Well, 46 percent said the iPad mini was "pointless," while... Read more...
The late Steve Jobs was never a fan of so-called tweener devices, otherwise known as 7-inch tablets, a category he felt strongly was dead in the water. He was wrong. Amazon's 7-inch Kindle Fire is the second best selling tablet in the world, behind only to the mighty iPad. That's pretty impressive when you consider the number of Android slates that came before it, and it might also serve as motivation for Apple CEO Tim Cook to approve the construction of an iPad Mini. In fact, there's no shortage of rumors that suggest Apple is already working on an iPad Mini, and if that's the case, do you wonder what it might look like? Designer Justin Quinn did, and he took his vision of how he thought an... Read more...
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