Bummer: only iPad mini, nothing else (or so they say...)

Discussion in 'iPad' started by blackbelter, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. blackbelter macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2012
    A very trusted source close to Apple's media event on Tuesday reports that the company is only revealing the iPad Mini -- nothing else. The 7.85-inch tablet is also slated to go on sale next Friday, followed by the iPad 4 in the Spring.

    According to the source, Apple's not spilling the details until the actual event -- Apple PR likes to "keep its cards close to its proverbial chest." Previous reports indicated that the company plans to unload 12 models in two colors and possibly three connectivity options (Wi-Fi only, 3G and 4G), totaling 24 units.

    Of course, we've heard lots of different rumors about what Apple plans to showcase tomorrow in addition to the iPad Mini, spanning an updated iPad 3 to a Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro. But what we DO know is that Apple is officially launching an attack on the 7-inch tablet market starting tomorrow, and Google plans to fire right back in the 10-inch market on Monday. Kapow.

    The battle begins tomorrow at 10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT.

    Source: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/iPad-Mini-Tuesday-iOS-Nexus-10-MacBook,18631.html


    MO: Concerning the full sized iPad, either as claimed in the above news, i.e. there will be no refreshment, or a complete refreshment. The little refreshment on only the connector makes no sense whatsoever.
  2. AzN1337c0d3r macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2010
    This makes no sense. 3 connectivity options? WHY would they make their production lines and purchasing decision more complex by splitting it into separate 3G/4G models?

    More likely that it is 2 connectivity options, 2 colors, 3 capacities and the iPad is getting refreshed.
  3. Scott2345, Oct 22, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 23, 2012

    Scott2345 macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2012

    I sure hope your source is right about the mini going on sale next Friday!
  4. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    i'm going to try to bump this thread after the keynote ;)
  5. lulla01 macrumors 68020


    Jul 13, 2007
  6. mhilferty108 macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2012
    Exact thought came to my mind as well.
  7. blackbelter thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2012
    It's about right, since now we are in the POST PC ERA (or so Jobs said).

    Anyway, Tom's hardware is a website for tech, especially those concerning desktop computers, journalism. As far as I have seen, it's a pretty well established website.
  8. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    Its been around a lot longer than MR.
  9. MattInOz macrumors 68030


    Jan 19, 2006
    If the starting price is closer to $299 or higher then I think they should have world 3G chipset in that base model. Not bother with the WIFI only base model. Sure it might be a cheap 3G chip that might not do the fastest 3G specs but basic mobile should be close to standard feature on a tablet. In much the same way WIFI went from optional to standard over a couple of generations. Cellular should be making the same transition.

    Refresh the main iPad to the same connectivity options of base cellular and advanced cellular.
  10. aka777 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2012
    I'm calling it myself. Where has anyone seen any updates for the ipad 4 that are actually confirmed?

    We had leaked iphone 5 photos coming in months ahead of schedule. All while have seen nothing apart from 1 and now 2 vague photos, that look cropped.

    These rumors and gut-feelings about an ipad 4 are the iphone 4s type rumors all over again. Then you had everyone crying because they didn't release the hype being circulated prior.
  11. blackbelter, Oct 22, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2012

    blackbelter thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2012
    See the last image

    There you go.
  12. fhall1 macrumors 68040


    Dec 18, 2007
    (Central) NY State of mind
    You have to get around the internet more :) It's a great site.
  13. Jamiednm macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2012
    That was really a silly statement. We're nowhere near a 'post-PC era'. Other than basic activities like web browsing and simple word processing, tablets and mobile phones are useless for any serious work.

    If Apple do release an iPad4 in 2013, then that's just overkill - 5 models of the same device in 4 years?! They really need to stop ignoring the desktop computer market.
  14. Markdek macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2012
    Think of them as updates, not new models; that's why it's called "The iPad". Get w/ the Apple program :)
  15. ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
    If this really would be the case I think I will take two days off from MR .. That would be awful flood of complains.
  16. WilliamLondon macrumors 68000


    Dec 8, 2006
    Thanks, but I don't want to pay for a 3G chip in the model I buy, I want WiFi only, I neither need nor want to pay for cellular connectivity in a device like this.
  17. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    Part of me thinks that there won't be a 3G/4G model for cost-savings and simplicity of product line, but another part of me thinks these are necessary to stay competitive with other products in this size niche.
  18. aka777 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2012
    I found the WIFi version completely useless after owning a cellular data enabled tablet. The whole point of a tablet in the first place is portability.

    Going back to a wifi only was like going back to dialup or getting rid of a DVR.
  19. WilliamLondon macrumors 68000


    Dec 8, 2006
    My Kindle is WiFi only, my first iPad was WiFi only (and my next tablet will be WiFi only) - they are all fully functioning and great. For those times I need (which admittedly used to be rare and now is completely non-existent) connectivity and I'm not in a location that has WiFi, MiFi does the trick and allows me to connect more than just my Kindle or iPad, but also my laptop. For me cellular connectivity in these devices is a feature that is not necessary and adds to the expense of the device up front, and on an ongoing basis (per device) which I just can't justify, but then again I haven't submitted to the telco's thought reforming & reorientation programme they have launched world-wide where they convince average people that every single device *needs* connectivity and that paying for a monthly data contract for each device is morally good.<wry grin>
  20. RenoG macrumors 65816

    Oct 7, 2010

    My phone is enough, I have enough bills sucking money out of my wallet as it is.
  21. bidoof01 macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2011
  22. Korican100 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 9, 2012
    horrible source for the rest of eternity! who's with me!?
  23. SR45 macrumors 65832


    Aug 17, 2011
    "A very trusted source close to Apple's media event....."

    :D I really, really love these so called source close to Apple's, etc threads :p
  24. ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
    I found the WIFi version completely sufficient after owning a cellular data enabled tablet.

    Going back to a wifi only was possible after getting a mobile wifi router. One data plan for multiple devices.

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