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The long-rumoured Apple iPad media tablet with 7.85" screen may be released by October, 2012, in a bid to compete against low-cost slates with 7" or 8" displays by Amazon, Google and others. Although Apple has not confirmed plans to release tablets in smaller form-factors than the current iPad, some analysts already call the gadgets as "the worst nightmare" for Apple's rivals.

Although Steve Jobs has criticized media tablets with 7" screens heavily, the time had shown clearly that there is a market for such devices as they do provide a number of advantages compared to Apple iPad with 9.7" screens. They weigh considerably less, they can fit into some pockets and they are more convenient to use for electronic books reading. Many market rumours indicated that Apple has been working on smaller iPad with 7.85" display and a fresh report from Bloomberg news-agency claims that the product will be released by October, 2012.

Not a lot is known about the Apple iPad mini, but it is logical to expect it to have 4:3 screen with 1024*768 resolution as well as Apple A5 processor made using 32nm process technology to run applications designed for the original iPad and iPad 2 without any modifications. Thanks to the fact that there are hundreds of thousands of apps designed for the iPad, the product promises to be rather successful.

As Amazon, Asustek Computer, Google, Samsung Electronics and others are trying to gain success on the market of Android-based tablets by making them more affordable, Apple will unlikely price the iPad mini at $399, the price-point at which it sells the cheapest iPad 2 without WWAN support. In the $199 - $299 price-range the iPad mini has all chances to be very successful, thanks to large portfolio of applications and the overall popularity of the brand nowadays.

"It would be the competitors’ worst nightmare. The ball is in Apple’s court," said Shaw Wu, an analyst at Sterne Agee & Leach.

Tags: Apple, iPad, iOS, ARM, Cortex, Android, Google, ASUS, Amazon, Kindle, Nexus

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It is not going to be cheap. Apple will never be like other companies selling cheap hardware. They have made a name of expensive and excellent quality hardware and they are not going to spoil this image. I am expecting the 7'' at $349 - $399 price-range because Apple products are selling more like high-tech jewels than high-tech devices.
0 2 [Posted by: john_gre  | Date: 07/04/12 01:32:19 AM]
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at the handhelt market they make quality and hightech products but when you go and look at the laptop and desktop market then you see that this isn't good at all they made a new pro book where the ram is soldered to the motherboard the laptop can't be opened and the ssd in it has a proprietary connection. so no custom upgrading. after 2 years you just have to buy a new computer. and they use the same hardware as laptops at half the price. they only ask more money for a thinner design.
2 0 [Posted by: massau  | Date: 07/04/12 05:40:53 AM]
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True! Thank you for adding that. Apple is Neoliberal, they have succeeded through aggressive marketing and hostile company takeovers. I never buy any product from Apple. Try something legit like Asus.
1 0 [Posted by: TeemuMilto  | Date: 07/08/12 01:55:16 AM]
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Why would a larger screen be Amazon or Google's worst nightmare? Really? What kind of fail logic is that? iPad and iPhone specs are already extremely abysmal in comparison to Android tablets and smartphones, and if you want a big screen, why don't you buy a laptop with a 17-19 inch screen with significantly more power and be done with it like the rest of the sensible world?
0 1 [Posted by: mmstick  | Date: 07/04/12 06:35:40 PM]
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iHype
0 0 [Posted by: user99  | Date: 07/10/12 12:15:18 PM]
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