Apple unveils iPad Mini
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Apple will expand its iPad line next month and for the first time launch a version of the hit tablet with a 7-inch screen, the company said Tuesday (US time).
New Zealand is among the first countries where the new device will be available for sale on November 2, with customers able to pre-order from this Friday.
The iPad Mini has a 7.9-inch screen and gives Apple a foothold in a new sector of the tablet market - that of 7-inch-class machines that are a step between a cellphone and full-size tablet. Competitors, including Samsung and Amazon, already offer such devices.
Getting a head start on the inevitable comparisons between the iPad Mini and the Nexus 7, Apple marketing executive Phil Schiller showed comparisons of the two products side-by-side.
"There is a gigantic difference in these products," he said, highlighting a mode that provides greater screen space for Web browsing with the iPad Mini once all the bells and whistles around the screen are hidden.
The comparison between the iPad Mini and Samsung's tablet was particularly apt given the location of the Apple event. The two companies are locked in a legal battle over patents for phones and tablets that has been playing out in a federal courthouse just steps away from the San Jose theatre where the Apple event took place.
The iPad Mini is based on a dual-core A5 processor and has the new Lightning connector, LTE compatibility and 802.11n wi-fi.
In New Zealand, iPad mini with wi-fi models will be available on November 2 in black and white with prices starting at NZ $479 for the 16GB model.
The iPad mini with wi-fi plus cellular will start shipping two weeks after the wi-fi iPad mini models. Prices start from NZ $680 for the 16GB model.
Apple will also launch an updated version of its full-size iPad. The fourth-generation model will be based on a new processor called the A6X, which Schiller said is twice as fast as the A5X chip used in the current iPad tablets. Battery life remains unchanged at 10 hours. It will feature the new Lightning accessory connector that debuted with the iPhone 5.
The fourth-generation iPad model will ship in mid-November along with the cellular version of the iPad mini, with prices starting from NZ $929 for the 16GB model,
The announcement comes just over seven months since Apple launched the third model in the full-size iPad lineup.
Apple has been phenomenally successful in selling tablets. The company sold its 100 millionth iPad two weeks ago - about two-and-a-half years after it first went on sale - and iPad sales in its most recent quarter surpassed PC sales of any of its competitors, according to Schiller, who didn't detail sales figures.
Late Apple CEO Steve Jobs had originally dismissed the idea of a 7-inch tablet, but that was in October 2010 - an eternity in the technology industry and long before the tablet market had grown to the size it is today.
Jeff Kagan was among the first industry analysts to weigh in on the iPad Mini, saying in an email commentary that it "looks like another big Apple success story" that will open up new market segments for the company.
While it will cannibalise some iPad sales, taking a longer view of the company's strategy, "you can see how it will increase the size of the Apple customer base. Those customers [who purchase an iPad Mini] will get sucked into the Apple cloud" and buy other products from the company.
"The lower-priced Apple will woo the young and they will fall under the Apple spell becoming customers for life," he wrote. Forsaking some sales of the larger iPad "is a small price to pay" for all of the new customers who will be lured to Apple products, Kagan said.
(Jason Snell and Dan Moren of Macworld contributed to this report.)
Most smart Phones have a 3-4" display and then the greatest range of Tablets have 10-11' displays..
Apple, it will likely be made well and out of robust materials and not plastic so there is one plus point..
Posted by SNMP at 7:47:56 on October 25, 2012
Posted by Anonymous at 14:44:56 on October 26, 2012
Posted by Anonymous at 16:45:06 on October 24, 2012
Especially when you STILL HAVE IT WRONG!!! The article no longer directly claims that Samsung make the Nexus 7, but you DO still have the following paragraph, which *implies* it:
"The comparison between the iPad Mini and Samsung's tablet was particularly apt given the location of the Apple event. The two companies are locked in a legal battle over patents for phones and tablets that has been playing out in a federal courthouse just steps away from the San Jose theatre where the Apple event took place."
I'd have thought that if you wanted to be the pre-eminent technology news source for the country (that *is* what you want, isn't it??) then you'd check BASIC facts like this prior to publishing.
Posted by Mark L at 13:49:17 on October 24, 2012
Apple magic pixie dust strikes again..
Posted by Graham at 12:41:07 on October 24, 2012
Posted by Anonymous at 17:17:30 on October 24, 2012
Posted by Anonymous at 12:48:13 on October 24, 2012
for future comments (Android owners?) alas haters gotta hate ...
Posted by Anonymous at 10:27:37 on October 24, 2012
Posted by Anonymous at 12:48:56 on October 24, 2012
Ever wondered why there isn't an "iOS for dummies" book? Kind of obvious isn't it?
Posted by Anonymous at 13:56:14 on October 24, 2012