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  1. Michael Essany's Avatar


    This is the million - make that billion - dollar question: if Apple, as rumored for two years, actually moves forward with a so-called "iPad Mini," who exactly will purchase it?

    According to a report published Tuesday in Digitimes, Apple will use "G/F2" thin-film touch technology for its 7.85-inch iPad, which industry sources claim will be released before the end of 2012.

    The smaller version of Apple's new iPad, rumored to be called iPad Mini, is said to feature the G/F2 technology, with Nitto supplying the key thin-film materials, and Nissha Printing and TPK producing the touch screens, the sources said.
    Apple is said to be prepping this compact and lower-priced tablet as a means of entry into emerging markets and business segments that may not have the cash to blow on a high-end traditional iPad. For example, some are predicting that schools will be big buyers of the iPad Mini.

    But mobile gamers of all ages could ultimately become the device's most enthusiastic users, particular for those who view the iPod touch too small for traditional handheld gaming and the standard iPad too big.

    With Amazon's $199 Kindle Fire still eating into the iPad's market share (though minimally), any share loss is too much for Apple. And the iDevice maker may just release this long-rumored product as a way to drive the nails into the Kindle Fire's coffin once and for all.

    Source: Digitimes"]Digitimes[/URL]
    2012-05-15 11:10 PM
  2. iPod's Avatar
    If its around the 200 price tag then I will probably buy it. But then again, I'd probably end up getting an Android tablet because of the customization. That new cheap Samsung tablet sounds appealing. Better than the kindle fire IMO. Or just wait til the cheap, powerful asus tablet comes out. That will knock the kindle fire out of the water

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    2012-05-15 11:15 PM
  3. PokemonDesigner's Avatar
    If it was less then a Windows 8 tablet, maybe I'd buy it. MAYBE. I hate the iPad to begin with so I'd probably just end up buying the Windows 8 tablet anyway.
    2012-05-15 11:23 PM
  4. iPod's Avatar
    lol good one

    I'm probably going to poop after posting this, but I might pee, then again I don't need to do either one. I wonder what is on the cafeteria menu... damn actually I think they closed for lunch already. I'll just have to wait for them to open for dinner or I could go across the street to eat.
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    2012-05-15 11:24 PM
  5. Norb's Avatar
    lol good one



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    OK, I'm glad you can take a joke.
    2012-05-15 11:27 PM
  6. iPod's Avatar
    OK, I'm glad you can take a joke.
    At first I was confused, then I read it again and caught on. I guess I need to rethink my wording in my posts. Haha

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    2012-05-15 11:28 PM
  7. unison999's Avatar
    This is going after low price point sales.
    Apple should have left this category alone, I see iPad mini eating away iPad sales more than anything else.
    2012-05-15 11:35 PM
  8. NakedFaerie's Avatar
    I just got a galaxy tab 7.7 and I like it way more than the iPad. The size is great. If the iPad came in a 7 inch I'll probably chose it over the 10 inch one. Thats when it could be jailbroken. Thats why I haven't upgraded my iPad 1 as the iPad 3 cant be jailbroken yet.
    2012-05-15 11:36 PM
  9. JedixJarf's Avatar
    I would def. buy it. I have an 8" xoom 2 because my ipad 2 was too big to be as portable as I wanted.
    2012-05-15 11:38 PM
  10. ikesmasher's Avatar
    if the price was 250 or less, maybe.
    2012-05-15 11:41 PM
  11. romeo_herman's Avatar
    If jailbreakable I will buy it....
    2012-05-15 11:57 PM
  12. iPod's Avatar
    This is going after low price point sales.
    Apple should have left this category alone, I see iPad mini eating away iPad sales more than anything else.
    That's a very good point

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    2012-05-16 12:08 AM
  13. satointl's Avatar
    If it'll exist, I'd have to guess it'd be around the 300 dollar price range. An iPod touch is around 200 dollars and if it were closer to 200, most people would take the iPad Mini... Unless they drop iPod touch to 150, but I think that's quite unlikely.
    2012-05-16 12:26 AM
  14. madrich's Avatar
    Although I do not need it, I would buy it for $199.99.
    Last edited by madrich; 2012-05-16 at 01:04 AM.
    2012-05-16 12:57 AM
  15. Tully Mars's Avatar
    i would guess that a lot of people in the medical profession would use this (a huge market). the ipad is a little too large to carry in the pocket of a white coat. i've found myself wanting something just a little bit smaller many times. definitely would buy for less than $350 or so.
    2012-05-16 01:02 AM
  16. Nintendo Tim's Avatar
    If it literally is the low-end, 16 GB iPad 3, but a smaller size at $200, then yes.
    2012-05-16 01:08 AM
  17. jaybeans821's Avatar
    [QUOTE=satointl;6529082]If it'll exist, I'd have to guess it'd be around the 300 dollar price range. An iPod touch is around 200 dollars and if it were closer to 200, most people would take the iPad Mini... Unless they drop iPod touch to 150, but I think that's quite unlikely.[/QUOTE



    This is going after low price point sales.
    Apple should have left this category alone, I see iPad mini eating away iPad sales more than anything else.
    it is a great point, but in my opinion i think there just trying to hit the people that cant afford the new ipad starting at 499. even ipad 2 is still starting at 399. but i can see the 7 inch in an 8 gb starting at 249. with a 16gb 349. and that can definitely target those people that have been buying these other lesser name brand 7 inch tablets that always wanted an apple prod. without hurting there reg. ipad sales..just my 2cents...
    Last edited by jaybeans821; 2012-05-16 at 01:15 AM.
    2012-05-16 01:09 AM
  18. saleen_GT's Avatar
    Arround $200.00 Canadian I will go for it, but of its have sell option then iPad then will think about it
    2012-05-16 01:21 AM
  19. sLi's Avatar
    The iPad mini would be a huge mistake,

    Developers need to support a new resolution - which will end up being iphone apps with a little more room, or apps which are really crowded

    It is unlikely to beat out other similar sized tablets (won't be significantly cheaper)

    Most of its sales will be from people who otherwise would have waited a little longer - and brought an iPad

    apple shouldn't spend it's money on this (or past tense depending on if it comes to fruition or not) it would be the start of a slippery slope back towards a company that doesn't know what it does. (too many products which essentially do the same thing, see SJ BIO for more info)
    2012-05-16 01:49 AM
  20. trialnterror's Avatar
    199.99? SOLD! I want it! Simply put!
    2012-05-16 02:06 AM
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