Category Archives: iPad Mini

new iPad 5 in iPad mini style design?

Apple accessory manufacturer MiniSuit has already created a case for the upcoming fifth-generation iPad, based on data and specifications received from what the site claims is a reliable source. The site sent MacRumors photos of the case this evening.

Case manufacturers often obtain case specs ahead of product releases to get a jump on manufacturing. Creating a case based on measurements can be a gamble, but an early case release can be financially beneficial.

new iPad 5 Back Cover

The iPad 5 case is slimmer than the fourth-generation iPad case, which supports rumors that the next iPad will share design similarities with the iPad mini, most notably featuring smaller side bezels.

The back of the case depicts an extra hole, which is for the microphone. The current fourth-generation iPad’s microphone is located at the top of the device, but Apple has relocated the microphone to the back of the iPad 5, as noted in leaked photos of the rear shell of the device.

In addition to slimmer bezels and a smaller size, the iPad 5 is said to be significantly thinner than the iPad 4, featuring the chamfered edges of the iPad mini, which is apparent in the less angled design of the iPad 5 case.? We recently posted a mockup of what the fifth-generation iPad might look like, based on the current rumors and the leaked rear shell.

An iPad 5 with a reduced size would likely necessitate a redesign of the interior of the tablet as well, incorporating smaller chip components and a thinner display panel.

Several different release dates for the fifth-generation iPad have been suggested, ranging from March to mid-year to October, with most rumors settling on a fall release. According to MiniSuit, Apple’s iPad 5 will be released in June.

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2nd Gen iPad Mini Back Cover?

The photos show a shell very similar to that of the current iPad mini, although from some angles it does appear to be slightly thicker. It is difficult to tell, however, whether the apparent increased thickness is a genuine design change needed to add a Retina display and accompanying battery improvements to the device or if it is simply a bit of an optical illusion due to the fact that the edges of the shell have not yet been chamfered as they are in the final product.

ipad mini 2 back cover

The photos also show a bright blue Apple logo and “iPad” text on the rear shell, but it is possible that this is simply part of the process used to create the mirrored logo and text as seen on the current product. Alternatively, it may be an effort to add additional color to the iPad mini as Apple did with the iPod touch last September and has been rumored to be using for an upcoming lower-cost iPhone.

Perhaps notably, the forum user who posted the images had posted back in December [Google translation] sharing images of what he said was the initial machining process for the iPad mini rear shell. Their legitimacy is, however, unconfirmed.

Nowhereelse.fr has taken a close look at the two photo sets from December and this week, noting in both sets the presence of boxes labeled “Catcher”, which is indeed one of Apple’s primary casing suppliers. The site believes, however, that the latest batch of photos is of the current iPad mini rather than a second-generation model.

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New Rumor – Next Gen iPad & iPad Mini will be Released this March

Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White today released a new report highlighting some of his observations from this week’s CES in Las Vegas, noting that “checks” at the show suggest that Apple is looking to launch the next-generation versions of the iPad and iPad mini in March.
Our checks at CES indicate Apple will release the iPad 5 and the second-generation iPad mini this March. The iPad 5 is expected to be lighter and thinner than the iPad 4 that was released in October, while the form factor of the iPad mini should be similar to the first generation iPad mini that debuted in October.
White’s comments are in line with a previous report from Japanese blog Macotakara which claimed that a thinner and lighter fifth-generation iPad will be launching in March. RBC analyst Doug Freedman had also claimed that Apple was accelerating its plans for the second-generation iPad mini.

Apple has historically stuck to roughly year-long update cycles for its iOS devices, but the company surprised many observers by launching the fourth-generation iPad in October, just seven months after the debut of the third-generation model. It is unclear whether that shorter interval is the start of a trend for Apple, as it may simply have been a one-time event due to Apple’s move to the new Lightning connector.

There have, however, been growing rumors of shorter update cycles being part of a new strategy for Apple as it seeks to remain competitive in the fast-moving mobile device market and smooth out its sales somewhat throughout the year.

Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White today released a new report highlighting some of his observations from this week’s CES in Las Vegas, noting that “checks” at the show suggest that Apple is looking to launch the next-generation versions of the iPad and iPad mini in March.

Our checks at CES indicate Apple will release the iPad 5 and the second-generation iPad mini this March. The iPad 5 is expected to be lighter and thinner than the iPad 4 that was released in October, while the form factor of the iPad mini should be similar to the first generation iPad mini that debuted in October.

White’s comments are in line with a previous report from Japanese blog Macotakara which claimed that a thinner and lighter fifth-generation iPad will be launching in March. RBC analyst Doug Freedman had also claimed that Apple was accelerating its plans for the second-generation iPad mini.

Apple has historically stuck to roughly year-long update cycles for its iOS devices, but the company surprised many observers by launching the fourth-generation iPad in October, just seven months after the debut of the third-generation model. It is unclear whether that shorter interval is the start of a trend for Apple, as it may simply have been a one-time event due to Apple’s move to the new Lightning connector.

There have, however, been growing rumors of shorter update cycles being part of a new strategy for Apple as it seeks to remain competitive in the fast-moving mobile device market and smooth out its sales somewhat throughout the year.

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3 million iPad Mini & iPad 4 Sold within 3 Days

Apple announced today that it sold three million iPads in three days. This figure includes sales of both the WiFi-only iPad mini and the WiFi-only iPad fourth generation. Apple points out that this figure doubles the number of WiFi third generation iPads it sold in the tablet’s opening weekend back in March.

iPad Mini

CEO Tim Cook said in a press release that “customers around the world love the new iPad mini and fourth generation iPad.” He added, “we set a new launch weekend record and practically sold out of iPad minis. We’re working hard to build more quickly to meet the incredible demand.”

These numbers are expected to increase in the coming weeks when Apple starts selling the cellular versions of the iPad mini and the fourth generation iPad.

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iPad mini vs iPad

Even though iPad mini may come in a smaller package, it still packs a lot of screen real estate into its form factor with its 7.9″ display compared to iPad’s 9.7″. In fact, the display-to-size ratio is significantly better on iPad mini. For the trade-off in dimensions, iPad mini provides a superior screen real estate that will not feel all that cramped for regular iPad users. Exactly how much of the display does iPad mini, with its absolutely immense reduction in size and weight, pack compared to iPad? Read on for the specifics.

iPad 2 and iPad mini

Calculating the area of strictly the display of both tablets provides a more intricate, reliable comparison than simply the diagonal sizes of 9.7″ and 7.9″. The iPad’s display area is slightly over 45 square inches while iPad mini sizes in at 29.6, representing a 34% difference between the tablets’ displays. If we compare the entire surface area of each, iPad mini comes in at a reasonably-tiny 41.7 squares inches as iPad comes at the 40% sizable price of 69.5 square inches.

There is simply no comparison between iPad and iPad mini’s size when we take what very well may be a tablet’s most perturbing issue into account: weight. A 52% reduction makes iPad figuratively feel like holding a full computer while the mini could be considered just a few pieces of paper. Factor in how iPad mini fits a similar tablet design inside a 23% thinner chassis, and iPad mini feels like the future of tablets. If only its internals were not so painfully outdated.

Nonetheless, iPad mini will display the same exact amount of content as its older counterpart since it sports a proportionate 1024×768 resolution. So if your iPad can fit twelve items or images on the display at a time in a certain app, then the app will appear with twelve items/images on the mini as long as developers do not decide to scale up artwork and text (which is unlikely); i.e. such as how a 15″ display with a 1080p resolution will be able to fit the amount of content as a 60″ TV with a 1080p resolution. Despite having a miniaturized display, iPad mini will not display less than iPad by default.

With 66% of iPad’s display, iPad mini manages to not only boast 40% smaller surface dimensions but also maintains a 23% thinner profile and most importantly: a 52% reduction in weight. Dropping down to a 7.9″ display (even though it is an antique; a fairly standard screen lacking Retina that we desperately hope is upgraded in the next iteration) may not seem like such a terribly big difference, now does it?

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