Oct 15, 2013 - 3:26 PM - by dgstorm
Apple just officially confirmed the October 22nd full press event we heard rumors about previously. They even have an intriguing title to their event. It's called, "We still have a lot to cover." This is both vague and provocative at the same time. The event will begin 10am PST at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.
There are a few new rumors suggesting the iPad Mini 2 will not yet have the Retina Display and that a different version will be coming next year with that feature. We will keep digging into it to see if we can find any confirmation or denial. Regardless, Apple's big event is just a week away, so we should know everything for sure at that time.
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Oct 15, 2013 - 2:22 PM - by dgstorm
For some time we have known that Apple's planned press event to officially reveal the iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 will be on October 22nd. We even have learned the newest Mac Pros and MacBook Pros will be revealed that same day. However, we have some new leaked intel which suggests the actual retail launch date of these devices will not be the same day as the unveiling. According to this new report we have a few different final retail store availability dates for several new Apple devices.
Here's the info:
We don't have any additional corroboration for this info, so we will categorize it as a rumor for now. Most of the time, Apple likes to launch their devices on or around the same day as the unveiling, but that hasn't always been the case, so there is precedent for this rumor to be true. We will keep you updated if/when we find out anything new.
- New MacBook Pros on 24th or 25th October
- iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 on 30th or 31st October
- Mac Pro on 15th November
Some of us are still hoping that Apple would release a MacBook-iPad hybrid device, to combine the versatility of a touchscreen and the productivity of a keyboard. When asked about this, during Apple's second quarter earnings call back in 2012, Apple CEO Tim Cook knocked the idea, saying the following:
Now, more than one year later, things have changed and perhaps a hybrid iPad could be indeed on the cards behind closed door at Cupertino. The biggest concern for Apple comes from Mac sales, as the company saw a sharp drop (11%) as global PC shipments fell again in the third quarter, according to IDC. This means that consumers are increasingly looking toward tablets to replace personal computers and while Apple might benefit from this with the iPad, it is losing with the Mac. Thus, a beefed-up, hybrid iPad could be the right solution.
"Anything can be forced to converge, but the problem is that products are about tradeoffs, and you begin to make tradeoffs to the point where what you have left doesn't please anyone. You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those things are probably not going be pleasing to the user.”
Besides this reason, Michael Endler with InformationWeek has 7 more signs that suggest one such device is on the way, or at least, it makes sense to have on in the market.
What do you think about this? Does a hybrid iPad makes sense to you?
- Apple has filed many patents related to an eventual laptop-tablet convergence
- Reliable sources have claimed a 13-inch iPad is in the works
- Apple is reportedly working on a new power adapter for mobile device that will be placed between iPads and MacBooks
- The A7 processor and 64-bit architecture will bring desktop-class power to the iPad; allowing for PC-style apps to work flawlessly
- The revamped iWork suite is actually meant for a productivity-minded iPad
- There is a market for an iPad hybrid as information workers are interested in using tablets with keyboards
Every Apple user is eagerly awaiting for Apple to unveil the next iPad on October 22. Most of the rumors and leaks we’ve seen suggest that the fifth generation iPad is going to adopt the form factor of the iPad Mini, which means it will be thinner. So if you’ll try to put the old Smart Cover on a new iPad 5, it won’t work.
That’s why this new report makes sense. A Monday research note from Cantor Fitzgerald's Brian J. White suggests that Apple's next full-sized iPad is going to be between one-half and three-quarters of an inch narrower than the iPad 4, which means it will only work with a redesigned Smart Cover. White said:
The current average price of a Smart Cover for the iPad is $50, so if the iPad 5 comes with a serious redesign, it means you’ll have to sell your old one and go for the updated model. We don’t know if the new Smart Cover will come equipped with some innovative functionalities, which would definitely help Apple sell more.
”Given this change in size, we believe this will provide Apple with an excuse to unveil a new Smart Cover and drive an upgrade cycle for this line of cases (also an upgrade cycle for non-Apple branded iPad cases), which we believe is an attractive margin product for Apple. Essentially, if you own a case for prior versions of the iPad, you will need to buy a new case for the iPad 5."
White also informs that Apple's installed base of iPad owners is ready to update, stimulated by the fact that very few changes were found on the previous two models. This is concordant with Gazelle’s recent report, the buy-back service seeing the volumes of iPad trade-ins skyrocketing after the October 22 media event date was leaked. Will you be buying a new Smart Cover?
Apple is expected to hold its big iPad press conference on October 22nd, though it is only a rumored date, we already know most of the products that will be unveiled. Alongside the new Mac Pro, Haswell MacBooks, and iPad Mini 2, Apple will be showing of its new flagship iPad 5.
The iPad 5 has been in the news for some months now, with leaks of a complete redesign to make the device similar to the iPad Mini 1st generation. Most agree that the iPad 5 will be sporting an upgraded A7X processor, improved 8MP iSight camera, and thinner side bezels. However, what has stumped the blogosphere is whether or not Apple will choose to add the iPhone 5S Touch ID sensor to the device.
Normally Apple likes to keep flagship iPhone features exclusive for a few months until passing them onto another device. That's not the case over at Chinese blog CTechnology, where a user has submitted a photo of an alleged iPad 5 sporting the Touch ID sensor. This photo leaves us to question if only the iPad 5 will be receiving Touch ID, or will it become a standard feature for all devices.
Recent rumors point to October 22nd as the date Apple will unveil the iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2. As leaks have shown us in the past, the iPad 5 will take on the iPad Mini design, while the iPad Mini 2 will receive a Retina display update.
According to Brian White, a Cantor Fitzgerald analyst, the iPad 5 will indeed be unveiled with all of the rumored specs next week. However, White believes that Apple will unveil an iPad Mini 2 without a Retina display, holding off until Q1 of 2014 to offer such a device. The analyst claims next week's rumor event will focus mainly on the iPad "largey" and the iPad Mini 2 will receive minor hardware upgrades.
Apple fans shouldn't worry too much according to several reports from AllThingsD and other publications claiming the iPad Mini 2 will indeed sport a Retina display. The rumored date for Apple's iPad Event a little of over a week away, we should be seeing invite go out sometime this week.
“Interestingly enough, the accessories for a potential new iPad mini were not updated at the trade shows we attended, and the data points around a new iPad mini during our discussions were few,” White wrote in a note to clients on Monday morning. “Some of our contacts at the trade shows believe that minor changes (e.g., faster processor, etc.) will be made on the next iteration of the iPad mini for the Special Event on October 22 but that a major upgrade with Retina Display will not occur until 1Q:14. As such, we expect Apple’s October 22 Special Event to be more important for the larger iPad family, with the iPad 5 enjoying a meaningful overhaul, but we anticipate only a modest upgrade to the iPad mini and without the Retina Display.”
We all expect the second-generation iPad Mini to come equipped with Retina Display, but how could that affect other aspects of the device? According to accessory manufacturers present at a major Hong Kong electronics trade show, the iPad Mini 2 could be a fraction of a millimeter thicker as it would have to feature a larger battery need to power the energy-hungry Retina display.
Some iPad case makers were interviewed by Japanese website Macotakara at the China Sourcing Fair 2013 in Hong Kong who say that the second-generation iPad mini have a thickness of 7.5 millimeters, up from the original iPad Mini’s 7.2 millimeters. The Retina iPad Mini will also gain 0.2 millimeters in width.
This isn’t the first time Apple has to increase the thickness of its device, with the iPad 3 gaining 0.6 millimeters over the iPad 2, as well, caused by the inclusion of the Retina Display panel. However, the extra thickness and width won’t be noticeable to the human eye and you won’t feel too much of a difference when holding the tablet in your hand, either.
To remind you, Apple could release a slimmer, lighter full-sized iPad and a Retina display iPad mini at its rumored October 22 media event. Both iPads could come with iPhone-quality 8-megapixel rear cameras.
Do you mind the minuscule increase in the girth and width of the iPad Mini or as long as it behaves well, it doesn't really matter?
It's almost mid-way through October and we have yet to hear any official word from Apple regarding the next big iPad event. Apple is set to unveil two new iPads this year; the iPad 5 and the iPad Mini 2nd generation. The iPad 5 is rumored to acquire the iPad Mini design, on a larger scale, removing the side bezels, and removing some extra weight and bulk. All of this while the iPad Mini 2nd generation is expected to adopt the Retina display, which has left consumers wanting to hold off on buying the original iPad Mini. Both devices are expected to sport an A7X processor, 8MP iSight camera from the iPhone 5, and possibly the iPhone 5S's Touch ID Home Button.
Chinese blog CTechnology, which previously posted numerous leaks of the iPhone 5C prior to launch, has just posted photos of alleged iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2nd generation rear shells. We've seen alleged leaks of both rear shells before, but this time the parts are in the famous gold color. The photos show the shells of the two devices side-by-side, along with a photo of the part vendor ZH. Although Apple has yet to send out invites to the iPad event, many blogs, including AllThingsD, expect the company to hold the unveiling on October 22.
You’ve probably heard about Gazelle, nation’s largest electronics buy-back service. According to its recent data, current iPad owners are flocking to Gazelle in order to sell their gadgets, getting ready for the iPad 5 release. Compared to the last week, there has been a whopping 321% increase in iPad trade-ins. The company shared on its website the following:
One of the reasons why Gazelle is so popular is perhaps the good prices they are offering consumers. For example, you will get for a 16-gigabyte Wi-Fi iPad mini around $175, which is about half the price the new model is expected to have - $329. One might obtain a better deal through such service as eBay but it would definitely take up much more time.
”We can start by looking at what transpired one year ago around the event. When you compare this to the reactions from last year, Gazelle is seeing a year-over-year volume increase of 5x, as well as a higher percentage of newer generation iPads traded in. The shift towards newer models shows both 4th generation owners and iPad mini owners are ready for an upgrade. Take a look at the chart below to see just how the mix shifted right after the media event was leaked.”
The amount of money you get obviously depends on the condition of your iPad, which can be “broken”, “good”, or “flawless”. What about you, have you ever used a buy-back service?
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