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Rumored iPad Mini is Coming Later This Year

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Amid a tad of rumors about a possible iPad Mini, Bloomberg reported yesterday that Apple is planning to launch a smaller tablet by the end of this year. Citing two unnamed sources, the news site claims that the company will be releasing a 7- or 8-inch tablet. This would enable Apple to maintain its market dominance, now that there is a heated competition between Microsoft Surface and Google Nexus 7.

There were claims that an announcement will be made this October, the same month when Apple is said to reveal its next-generation iPhone. The company’s iOS 6 is also expected to arrive on Apple devices sometime this fall. On the other hand, there were rumors that the alleged iPad Mini is less likely to feature Retina Display.

Nevertheless, Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu said that a more affordable iPad could undermine would-be competitors that offers cheap tablet in hopes of taking Apple’s market share. The cheapest iPad as of the moment is the 16 GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi that costs $399.

The iPad Mini’s Would-be Competitors

Last year, the online retailer Amazon took the wraps off its Kindle Fire. The device had a good start, but recent data shows that its sales have slowed.

Microsoft also announced its Windows 8-equipped Surface tablet earlier last month. Set to be released this fall, the 10.6-inch tablet has a multi-touch system. It also features a magnesium enclosure called “VaporMg,” built-in stand, dual MIMO arrays, and Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2 display. It will come in two models: The Surface for Windows 8 Pro and Surface for Windows RT.

The Surface for Windows Pro will run on Ivy Bridge i5 processor and features 1920 x 1080-pixel ClearType Full HD display, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, and microSDXC card readers. The Surface for Windows RT, on the other hand, boasts 1280 x 720-pixel screen, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, and microSD slot. It also has a “perimeter venting” to handle the heat coming from the Intel chip.

Last June, Google also announced its new Nexus 7 tablet that it has created in partnership with ASUS. Set to be released this July, the tablet features Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 1280 x 800-pixel display, NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset, quad-core CPU, and 12-core graphics processor. It also has a front-facing camera, built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Near Field Communications.

 

When it comes to iPad Mini, nothing is set to stone yet. Regardless, this could pose a major dilemma to table manufacturers once it materializes and hits the market.

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