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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 1:31 pm    Post subject: Apple Intros iPad mini Reply with quote

Apple Intros iPad mini
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
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Apple today introduced iPad mini, a completely new iPad design that is 23 percent thinner and 53 percent lighter than the third generation iPad. It also features a stunning 7.9-inch Multi-Touch display, FaceTime HD and iSight cameras, ultrafast wireless performance and 10 hours of battery life.

"iPad mini is every inch an iPad. With its gorgeous 7.9-inch display, iPad mini features the same number of pixels as the original iPad and iPad 2, so you can run more than 275,000 apps designed specifically for iPad," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "iPad mini is as thin as a pencil and as light as a pad of paper, yet packs a fast A5 chip, FaceTime HD and 5 megapixel iSight cameras and ultrafast wireless - all while delivering up to 10 hours of battery life."

Pad mini with Wi-Fi models will be available in black & slate or white & silver on Friday, November 2, for a suggested retail price of $329 for the 16GB model, $429 for the 32GB model and $529 for the 64GB model.

iPad mini with Wi-Fi + Cellular and fourth generation iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular will start shipping a couple of weeks after the Wi-Fi models, beginning in the US on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. iPad mini with Wi-Fi + Cellular will be offered for a suggested retail price of $459 for the 16GB model, $559 for the 32GB model and $659 for the 64GB model.

It should also be noted that Apple released the 4th-generation iPad today. It comes with a faster A6X chip, FaceTime HD camera, and integrated Lightning connector.



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Will wait for the 2nd generation iPad mini with retina. Until then, it's just a big iPod touch. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well the rumors were correct about it's appearance at the Big Event, but not about the rumored price. I was poised to order one when it was speculated that the price would be in the mid-200 dollar range. Not now. Shocked

Their asking price may stop others as well that were sitting on the fence. It was a great chance that Apple blew to reach across a broader consumer base that could afford a cheaply priced tablet.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure that Apple blew it (they will still sell a ton of them), but I agree with what you are saying DonCarlos. I mean, it could have been game, set, match at a lower price. I think my biggest disappointment is with the specs. Especially with the lackluster 163ppi screen and reported battery life.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I knew a 4th generation iPad had to be coming soon with the Lightning connector. The old one was EOL the day the iPhone 5 came out. So it looks like my patience will be rewarded Bandit. I'm getting one! Wink

I really have no interest in the iPad mini. My wife probably thinks otherwise though. She loves the smaller form factor of her Kindle Fire.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

devo wrote:
I knew a 4th generation iPad had to be coming soon with the Lightning connector. The old one was EOL the day the iPhone 5 came out. So it looks like my patience will be rewarded Bandit. I'm getting one! Wink

I really have no interest in the iPad mini. My wife probably thinks otherwise though. She loves the smaller form factor of her Kindle Fire.


Excellent for you. Smile

I discussed your point with a few co-workers and overall, I had to agree with your comments.

I have the iPad 3 and for me the 30 pin connector is more valuable than the new chip etc. We have too many devices kicking around that use the 30 pin dock. That being said a $30 adapter will solve the problem. The majority of todays customers would rather have the lightning adapter. Businesses perhaps not, but the average consumer, yes.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bandit Bill wrote:
Excellent for you. Smile

I discussed your point with a few co-workers and overall, I had to agree with your comments.

I have the iPad 3 and for me the 30 pin connector is more valuable than the new chip etc. We have too many devices kicking around that use the 30 pin dock. That being said a $30 adapter will solve the problem. The majority of todays customers would rather have the lightning adapter. Businesses perhaps not, but the average consumer, yes.

Well, I just lucked out for once. I really thought that something new would be coming sooner than most people imagined though.

I wonder what other improvements the new model brings? I know it has a faster chip and better front camera, but what about the charging issues that some people complained about with the last generation or anything else? Do you have any insight on this Bandit? You're way more up on this stuff than me.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know products come and go, but I'm kinda mad at Apple over releasing a new iPad. Why you may ask? I just bought one a couple weeks ago. Mad
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

devo wrote:
I wonder what other improvements the new model brings? I know it has a faster chip and better front camera, but what about the charging issues that some people complained about with the last generation or anything else? Do you have any insight on this Bandit? You're way more up on this stuff than me.


The charging has yet to be seen. I haven't heard of any improvements with charging the iPhone, so I imagine the iPad will likely remain unchanged.

I'm a little surprised though. I would have thought that with the bigger pins on the lightning connector, that they could increase the current. Perhaps the new iPad will have an updated power supply, but I doubt it. It will still likely be 5.1V @ 2.1 Amps = 10.71 Watts.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bandit Bill wrote:
I'm a little surprised though. I would have thought that with the bigger pins on the lightning connector, that they could increase the current. Perhaps the new iPad will have an updated power supply, but I doubt it. It will still likely be 5V @ 2.1 Amps = 10.5 Watts.

I believe the new iPad has a power supply rated at 12 watts. So, it should help in speeding up the process. At least that's what people are speculating.

http://store.apple.com/us/product/MD836LL/A/apple-12w-usb-power-adapter
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Texark wrote:
Bandit Bill wrote:
I'm a little surprised though. I would have thought that with the bigger pins on the lightning connector, that they could increase the current. Perhaps the new iPad will have an updated power supply, but I doubt it. It will still likely be 5V @ 2.1 Amps = 10.5 Watts.

I believe the new iPad has a power supply rated at 12 watts. So, it should help in speeding up the process. At least that's what people are speculating.

http://store.apple.com/us/product/MD836LL/A/apple-12w-usb-power-adapter


That's cool and really good to know.

In our store, we have special Apple security / 30 pin cables to charge the iPads. They are about 6 feet long, therefore they have higher resistance than a standard 3' cable. We had no issue charging the iPad 2 with them, but with the Retina display we need to shut them down for a few hours and let them charge or they would not make it though a day, even while plugged in.

This tells you, we are really pushing the charging to the limit on the existing 30 pin technology. It's great that we will be getting a more powerful charger.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder if that new 12 watt adapter would help speed up charging for the 3rd gen iPad? I can't even use mine and charge it at the same time with the 10 watt charger. It pretty much remains flat at 2-5% percent charged. Even while just checking email and surfing the web. You can forget about playing games or watching movies. You know, I think the 3rd gen iPad might actually have fatal flaw with charging.
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