All iPads Big Bang in iPads next year

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Jeans89, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. Jeans89 macrumors regular

    Oct 1, 2012
    Helsinki, Finland
    It is going to be tremendous, when the too heavy and thick iPad4 gets a lighter and thinner design and the underpowered and low resolution iPad mini gets a decent screen and a powerful chip. Which one you will get at that time? :cool:
  2. cardfan macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2012
    I don't see the Mini getting a retina screen next year. I'm sure the processor will be bumped.

    Here's what retina for the Mini involves: Much faster processor, bigger battery, more weight, thicker design, more expensive screen. It'd cost more to build this than the ipad 4.

    Perhaps the tech will arrive that enables Apple to do this. But even if it does, would they? What differentiates a retina Mini from the bigger ipads then? Size? That's not enough. In fact, the Mini would have a better quality screen.

    I think Apple is content on having the Mini be the "ipad Air" of the lineup. It's goal will be thin and light. Entry level pricing. And very much non-retina.
  3. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
    I highly doubt Apple wants to be known for lower screen resolution on IPad mini vs the competition for longer than the first generation.
  4. cardfan macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2012
    Perhaps, but it's either that or overkill (2048-by-1536 resolution on a 7.85" screen or 326ppi). Your Nexus 7 or 7" Kindle doesn't exactly have anything near that. The bigger ipad isn't anywhere near that (263ppi).

    Do you really see Apple charging 329 for one that would also require their most current processor to run it and be more expensive to build than their 499 ipad?

    That's not the Apple we know.
  5. bigboar macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2012
    I see them having a base mini and a Mini(r) at a premium price offering
  6. urkel, Nov 10, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2012

    urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    The Apple we know also doesnt come late to the party by responding to competition and user demand. Yet here is the iPad Mini.

    There's nothing overkill about putting a retina screen on a product that is meant to be read. And as for all this worrying about Apple's profit margins, manufacturing costs etc. These are all (unfounded) justifications for why an iPad Mini with Retina doesnt exist TODAY. But the topic subject is what people expect NEXT YEAR.

    The technology for better screens is already here. The processors are already here. Apple has made heavy investments into Sharp. So this idea that Apple won't give a Retina NEXT YEAR just doesnt make sense because, more than ever, Apple needs to prove its still the best and using recycled parts in a fancy shell doesnt work two times in a row.

    Anyway, my predictions:
    $229 - iPad Mini (Current non-retina version)
    $329 - iPad Mini (A6, Retina, NFC)
    $399 - iPad4 (Current version)
    $499 - iPad5 (New design, NFC)

    I feel Apple is in a transition stage now but now that all the products are lined up then things will all sort out and feel normal again. They'll have the $200 cheapo model (that I'd buy my mother) and the high end model with a new redesign (to shift focus back on their flagship iPad).
  7. Zcott macrumors 68020

    Oct 18, 2009
    Belfast, Ireland
    I think what needs to happen next year is the full size iPad adopts the almost-edge-to-edge screen on the iPad mini. Whether they'll keep the same resolution or shrink the size of the device, I'm not sure but it would look fantastic with almost nothing but screen.

    I'm expecting to see the Mini go retina at some point, just because of Apple's incessant drive towards all their products being retina.
  8. cardfan, Nov 10, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2012

    cardfan macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2012
    What do you mean it doesn't work 2 years in a row? It's worked for the Macbook Air. That product has stayed the same besides getting faster. I expect the same for the Mini for the next few generations. If anything they'll lower the price as scale drives cost down.

    Again, explain how they'll sell bigger ipads at their current prices while at the same time selling a just as fast Mini with a better quality screen that costs more to make?

    I don't see Apple going with a premium ipad mini while keeping a basic version which is what you're assuming.
  9. noteple macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2011
    Cost reduced manufacturing
    Honor price points
    Longer battery life
    Smaller screen bezels
    Minimum of HD resolution across all product moving toward 4k
  10. cardfan macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2012
    That's cute and all but not next year cute.
  11. rowspaxe macrumors 68000


    Jan 29, 2010
    teh mini is already a hit and apple will commit to the new size by blessing a new ipad resolution--this will pain developers, but only slightly as the istore pie continues to grow. So yes to some form of retina next year for the mini. Also, a good bet mini outsells the larger ipad in 2013. I neither like nor understand the mini appeal, but this size is taking off
  12. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Those sound like reasonable predictions to me.
  13. tann macrumors 68000

    Apr 15, 2010
    Nottingham, England
    If apple ever shift the iPad to 16x9 they'll do it in 2014 (I believe) and that would bring a 300+ ppi 9.7" iPad. Either way I think we'll see an even higher res iPad screen in the next 2 years. I don't see the point, but I think we will...

    I still don't see them improving battery/screen tech enough by next year to fit a retina screen into something as small as a mini, but boy i hope I'm wrong.
  14. yegon macrumors 68030

    Oct 20, 2007
    I'm optimistic Apple will never do this. 16:9 is a bad ratio on large tablets. Good for one thing only, video. Everything else, unwieldy in portrait, proportionally too wide in landscape for almost everything.

    You could argue 16:9 is better for games, but I think that only really matters on pc's and consoles. On a tablet, meh, 4:3 is fine for games.

    I still believe the only reason the iPhone 5 is 16:9 is that its too early* for 1920x1280 4"ish screens, and it kept apps easily compliant.

    *1920x1080 small screens do exist, but they're hardly ready for prime time and the volume Apple would need.
  15. Defender2010 macrumors 68030


    Jun 6, 2010
    If the Mini update is the same time as this years release we will see retina on it. The cost of A6 will also be less due to the large amount being manufactured for iPhone 5 and 4th Gen iPad. iPad should get a remodel based on the Mini looks.
  16. applefanDrew macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2010
    I think battery life while not making the mini thicker and heavier is more of the problem. For the retina screen, all they would have to due is cut out a bigger iPhone 4/4S/5 screen. Just like right now, they cut out a bigger iPhone 3GS screen. So economy of scales, I don't think it will cost as much as we think. Thee real challenge is they can't afford to make it heavier in the 2nd gen.They did with big iPad but I just don't they can get away with it with the Mini, otherwise it defeats the purpose of having a Mini.
  17. noteple macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2011
    You can mix and match features.
  18. nuckinfutz macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2002
    Middle Earth
    You really are flying blind if you make statements to the negative of Retina without knowing what hardware will be available.

    Battery requirements are influenced by the sum consumption of parts and next year should see a further reduction in semiconductor geometries and more integration.

    In many ways I think the $329 is being done to give Apple some pricing flexibility when the inevitable more expensive panels start being cut. If you've conditioned consumers to think that the mini is $330 then adding retina can be done at the same price or, if the economies of scale favor, a drop to sub $300.
  19. Awakener macrumors 6502

    Mar 28, 2011
    iPad Mini was priced high out of the gate to prepare for the eventual addition of retina display. This means little or no additional cost for retina version.
  20. lianlua macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2008
    The iPad mini is not priced high. It is priced just as all other Apple products are priced. There is no "spare" margin for higher-cost retina displays, and their initial margin is lower than the corporate average.

    They are hoping that cost reductions, namely in the touch sensor, will drop over the lifetime of the product to return the mini to normal margins. But there is absolutely no padding for a retina display built in.

    They will cross the pricing bridge once the components exist in volume. But any increase in parts cost will correspond to a decrease of an already compromised margin, which is not particularly likely. It is much more likely that a retina iPad mini will be launched as an upgrade to the line, just like the LTE models, if they ultimately go with a 326ppi display.
  21. Noctilux.95 macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2010
    Apple, please drop the damn iPad 2 and bring a high end Mini with Retina and A6 processor for $399.
    This is what I would offer at the entry level price.

    iPad Mini $299
    iPad Mini Retina/A6 $399
    iPad 4 Retina $499
  22. reputationZed macrumors 65816

    Mar 9, 2011
    34°55′42″N 80°44′41″W (34.
    So a retina mini may be dependent on building the SoC (A6rev 2?) on TSMC's 20nm process? Moving from the current 32nm to 20nm could reduce SoC power consumption to the point that the additional power required by the retina screen becomes a wash. I believe the latest rumor is that 20nm SoC's could be in production by late 2013.
  23. Buckeyestar macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2011
    Throw an IGZO display in there too and you'll really have some power savings, maybe making it even thinner and/or lighter.
  24. shenan1982 macrumors 68040


    Nov 23, 2011
    And I bet the year after they'll be better, and the year after even better. Wow, we have a psychic in our midst to have all this foresight, hehe
  25. knucklehead macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2003
    Originally Posted by reputationZed
    So a retina mini may be dependent on building the SoC (A6rev 2?) on TSMC's 20nm process? Moving from the current 32nm to 20nm could reduce SoC power consumption to the point that the additional power required by the retina screen becomes a wash. I believe the latest rumor is that 20nm SoC's could be in production by late 2013.

    This is what I'm hoping for ... and hopefully a further reduction in bezel size.

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