Apple to unveil mini iPad in October: report

Aug 26, 2012
New York journalist Noah Rosenberg works on his iPad at local coffee shop Smooch in Brooklyn earlier this month. Apple will unveil a new, smaller version of its wildly popular iPad in October after the release of the latest version of its iPhone next month, the All Things Digital website reported Sunday.

Apple will unveil a new, smaller version of its wildly popular iPad in October after the release of the latest version of its iPhone next month, the All Things Digital website reported Sunday.

"First comes the latest iteration of the tech giant's hugely popular smartphone, which will be unveiled at an as yet unannounced event on September 12," the website said.

"Only after the next-generation is out the door and on sale will Apple announce the smaller it's been working on," it said.

"That device, which is expected to have a display of less than eight inches (20 centimeters), will be uncrated at a second special event, which sources say is currently scheduled for October."

The 10-inch iPad has long dominated the , but faces a growing challenge from smaller models like Amazon's Kindle Fire, the Nexus 7 and the Samsung Galaxy.

Apple is expected to launch the miniature iPad later this year, with analysts saying it could allow the California-based company to again best its global rivals despite the death last year of visionary founder Steve Jobs.

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malapropism
5 / 5 (5) Aug 26, 2012
Well, hadn't Apple better be careful that the new smaller iPad doesn't look quite a lot like a 7-inch Galaxy Tab or they might find themselves on the end of a copy-cat patent dispute? After all, if one can patent a rectangle with rounded corners surely the other can patent a 7-inch rectangle?
chromosome2
5 / 5 (3) Aug 27, 2012
Looks like Apple suddenly had a crisis of design and is preparing to go on a copying binge. Don't they know that since someone else did this first, they're not allowed to do it ever? Isn't that how it should work? Make your own products apple. The nexus 7 already exists.
SatanLover
5 / 5 (2) Aug 27, 2012
iPhone - big ipod, iPad - big iphone, small ipad = iphone??

mindfucked.
TehDog
not rated yet Aug 27, 2012
They're a bit late to the 7 inch party, Amazon and Google sell their products at very close to cost. There's a new Kindle Fire due September, and the Nexus 7 will possibly sell 6 million or more units before year end. I can't see Apple competing on price, about the only folks I can imagine buying an iPad Mini would be those already locked into the iWorld.
Myself, I have an android phone and 3 android tablets including a Nexus 7, so I may be a tad biased :)