It's pretty crazy how many publications are reporting predictions today for tomorrow's big iPad event, which starts on October 22nd at 10AM PST. Over the past year there have been rumors in regards to the new iPad Mini 2 and iPad 5 that have got most of us puzzled and wondering what Apple's final call will be for these devices.
Acclaimed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has an accurate and trustworthy record in Apple predictions for the most part. In his final note before the big event, the KGI Securities analyst has some predicted specifications for the new iPads.
We've been hearing that the iPad Mini 2 and the iPad 5 will both acquire the Touch ID sensor, which would become a standard for all Apple mobile devices. With Kuo's recent report this is not the case, claiming the company will be limiting supplies to the iPhone 5S. Touch ID is not the only thing Apple will be limiting, but also the gold color option, which will still be an exclusive for the 5S. Good news is that the analyst predicts the iPad Mini 2 will have a Retina display, but unfortunately both devices will be tough to find around the launch date.
Source: Apple's Media Event Predicted to See Retina iPad Mini and Thinner iPad, but No Touch ID or Gold Option - Mac Rumors
We’ve previously seen reports that Apple’s upcoming iPad Mini 2 could be hard to find at launch because of supply constraints, caused by the slow Retina Display panels production. However, Apple’s production of the upcoming fifth-generation iPad was plagued with the same issue - panel supply constraints.
According to a research note obtained by ChinaPost, Apple seems to have worked out the supply issues with the iPad 5 by adding a new supplier. Analyst Skye Chen said the following:
No details regarding the production of the next-gen iPad Mini have been shared, but if Apple releases the tablet tomorrow, then this means the bottlenecks have been solved.
“We believe the panel supply issues will ease this month due to LG Display's improving yield rates and new supply from Samsung.”
Tomorrow is the big day for Apple and iPad fans, where the company is expect to unveil two new mobile devices; the iPad Mini 2nd generation and the iPad 5th generation. Tons of rumors have been tossed around for the past year and tomorrow is when we'll all find out what secrets Apple has been keeping. In before the lock, the Wall Street Journal today posts its final predictions for what will be shown at the October 22nd event.
The publication notes that the iPad 5 will be releasing with a complete redesign as well as a few hardware changes. The device is expected to be sporting an A7X processor, which is an upgraded iPhone 5S chip with support of faster graphics for the larger screen. The 5th generation tablet is predicted to as have an 8 megapixel camera but lack the Touch ID sensor that was previously speculated before. The Journal also notes that the iPad Mini will lack Touch ID as well. However the device will hold an A7 chip, Retina display, and the same 8 megapixel camera as the iPad 5.
Apple is now readying a revamped iPad Mini with a high-resolution “retina” display. It’s also working on a thinner, lighter version of its standard 9.7-inch iPad, using a thin film instead of the glass found in existing models, based on information from the company’s parts suppliers.
Tomorrow is the big day when Apple is finally expected to unveil the iPad 5 and the iPad Mini 2, which could come packed with the Retina Display. As we get ready to welcome the next-generation iPads, some journalists, such as Philip Elmer-DeWitt with CNN Money’s Fortune publication, are wondering how many iPad units has Apple managed to sell in the last, fourth quarter.
To get an average estimate, Philip has collected Q4 estimates from thirty Apple analysts, 17 of them being professionals and 19 amateurs. Among the analysts there are names that we have written about, such as Brian White from Cantor Fitzgerald, Horace Dediu of Asymco, Peter Misek of Jefferies, Gene Munster with Piper Jaffray and many others. Of course, there are only a few analysts that agree, with sales estimates ranging from as high as 18 million to only 11.5 million.
Philip summarized the results in the attached bar graph that you can see above and came up with an average sales number - 13.72 million. Compared to last year’s official iPad sales number we can see that the results are almost identical, as Apple registered 14 million combined iPad sales. Philip said the following:
Obviously, after Apple releases the new iPads, sales of the older models will seriously decrease, unless Apple decides to keep the original iPad Mini around at a cheaper price.
”Last year's iPads started off fiscal 2013 with a bang, selling nearly 23 million units in the holiday quarter. But sales fell off sharply in fiscal Q2 and Q3 -- the first spring/summer without a new iPad -- and we'll find out how well they did in Q4 on Oct. 28, a week from Monday.”
Source: CNN Fortune
Most of the iOS users probably thank Apple for their automatic over-the-air iOS update mechanism as this feature makes it easier to update to Apple's mobile operating system. But not everybody seems to share that opinion. Mark David Menacher, resident of Poway, California has decided to take Apple CEO Tim Cook to court, asking for the removal of the iOS 7 install file as well as $50.
Talking to Cnet, Menacher said the following:
To remind you, the over-the-air iOS updates are automatically downloaded when your iOS device is plugged and connected to WiFi, but it will still require permission to install the new software. It might be annoying, though, as it will ask you do this everytime you restart your iOS device.
"Apple's disregard for customer preferences in relation to iOS7 is corporate thuggery. Steve Jobs was reportedly rough on company employees in pursuit of happy customers, but Tim Cook apparently cultivates a culture of contempt for customer satisfaction in pursuit of corporate profits. It is a policy that will eventually fail."
The issue that Menacher invokes is that the automatically downloaded installation file cannot be removed by the user. And they take up more than one gigabyte which could potentially decrease the device’s available memory by up to 15%.
Menacher seems to be serious about this and he said he is even considering elevating the issue to a higher court. Policeman from the New York Police Department have a different opinion about iOS 7, as they were encouraging iPhone/iPad owners back in Septmeber to download the software update as soon as it was made available.
What do you think about this small-claims complaint?
At the October 22 event on Tuesday, Apple is widely expected to introduce the iPad 5 and the Retina-packed iPad Mini 2. While some of us are hoping for a price discount on the original iPad Mini, many are definitely saving some money to buy the improved iPad Mini 2. If Apple will indeed launch the next-generation iPad Mini with a Retina display, then this means it will be very hard to get one because of supply constraints. Some analysts were suggesting that this could even make Apple delay the launch to Q1 of 2014.
Now, according to Barron's publication which cites Jefferies & Co's analyst Peter Misek, Apple will still probably release the iPad mini by the end of this year:
Could this mean that we will see again huge queues forming in front of Apple's Stores? We can be sure of one thing, if there is going to be a gold iPad Mini 2, there will be many customers looking to buy one.
“Yields for Retina film based display for mini remain terrible, which is why there was speculation… that the launch could be pushed out to [the first quarter of 2014]. We think initial launch supplies could be constrained to as few units as 2 million to 5 million.”
We are just two days before Apple finally unveils the new iPads at its special Yerba Buena event (which is already decorated), but the rumor and leaks mill doesn’t stop just yet. A snapshot of Apple's indirect channel inventory was caught by the AppleInsider publication and it brings precious information regarding the inventory of the new Retina MacBook Pros, 9.7-inch fifth-gen iPads, the redesigned Mac Pro and the original iPad Mini units.
What was really curious in the channel inventory was the fact that there was a large stock of original iPad mini and Apple TV units. Besides Apple TVs, which have a “very high inventory” next to them, the iPad Mini is the single product, as you can see in the above image, that has a “high inventory”. A sane assumption is that Apple could be keeping some non-Retina iPad mini models on the market and make them available at a cheaper price, just like it did with the previous iPad versions.
What do you think about this, is this a smart move from Apple?
Oct 18, 2013 - 2:37 PM - by Maura
Following claims from a company called QuarkLab on Thursday that Apple, or the NSA, is able to read your iMessages, BGR reports that Apple has moved swiftly to address the issue via a statement issued today.
“iMessage is not architected to allow Apple to read messages,” Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller told AllThingsD’s John Paczkowski via a statement today. “The research discussed theoretical vulnerabilities that would require Apple to re-engineer the iMessage system to exploit it, and Apple has no plans or intentions to do so.”
Pretty unequivocal, then, with Apple basically just reiterating what it has previously stated on the issue in response to previous accusations, when it said that its iMessage end-to-end encryption is so strong that even Apple can’t decrypt it.
However, not everyone is convinced by Apple’s protestations, with independent security researcher Ashkan Soltani telling Paczkowski, “We’ve recently seen indication of companies like Skype or Lavabit being forced to enable interception capabilities in their system, so it would be naïve to think that Apple wasn’t at least approached by the government at some point.”
Source: Apple iMessage Security: Apple insists it cannot read iMessages | BGR
Apple Disputes Research Saying iMessage is Not Secure - John Paczkowski - News - AllThingsD
Oct 18, 2013 - 1:24 PM - by dgstorm
One of Apple's greatest skills in the mobile world is developing an aesthetically pleasing product. With clean lines and a fluid, organic design, the iPad has always been a sublime device. The other notable thing about their devices is that they are among the thinnest and lightest around. In fact, you could easily argue they specialize in thin and light and pioneered the industry in that regard. The new iPad 5 promises to be their thinnest yet and a new leaked measurement confirms that. According to the leaked pic above, the iPad 5 will measure in at only 7.35mm thin/thick!
This measurement ranks the device as the third thinnest overall. It is only beat out by it's cousin in second place, the iPad Mini at 7.2mm, and the Sony Xperia Tablet Z in first place at 6.9mm. Keep in mind that Apple has achieved this with an aluminum frame, unlike their competitors who primarily use plastic. For additional comparison's sake, the current iPad 4 measures at 9.4mm! Apple keeps achieving amazing feats of engineering.
You already know that the next iPads are probably going to be launched on October 22, which is on Tuesday, next week. After we have reported so many rumors and leaks related to the upcoming iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2, we will finally get to see what the real deal is all about.
With only five more days to go before the event kickstarts, Apple has already begun dressing the San Francisco Yerba Buena Center for the Arts where the next iPads are going to be showcased for the very first time. We can already see the colorful decorations on the Buena Center building which match the invitations that Apple sent out to press earlier this week.
The graphics are composed by what seem to be multicolored apple "leaves" scattered in the background. The Yerba Buena Center is Apple's preferred venues for its iPad launches, the company having hosted here the original 2010 iPad introduction event.
To do a quick recap of the most rumored featured, the redesigned iPad 5 is expected to sport a thinner build and narrower bezels while the iPad Mini 2 should come equipped with Retina display. Apple could launch both tablets in the new gold and space gray colors which were introduced in September with the launch of the iPhone 5s. Besides launching the new iPads, Apple could also unveil the next-generation Mac Pro desktop and the OS X Mavericks operating system.
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