'iPad Mini' Design Change Halts Production by Case Manufacturers?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Over the past several months, numerous cases and physical mockups for Apple's rumored "iPad mini" have leaked, offering what many have believed will be a good approximation of what the device will actually look like. But according to a brief report from Mac Otakara, those case manufacturers may now need to shift gears as one company has reported that it has halted production on its iPad mini cases due to an unspecified design change.
    Case designs have historically been quite accurate in predicting the overall design of Apple's products, with the major exception of 2011's tapered "iPhone 5" design that never came to pass as Apple ultimately released the iPhone 4S with essentially the same design as the iPhone 4.

    It is unclear, however, exactly what may have changed with the iPad mini's design. Alleged part photos showing the rear shell and front panel have surfaced looking very much like the design generated by case manufacturers, but it is unknown whether those parts are actual production parts or perhaps older ones from prior to the design change. Even so, the design change may simply be a small tweak that may not be immediately obvious in low-resolution parts photos but significant enough to cause problems for case manufacturers trying to get a head start on the iPad mini launch.

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  2. macmastersam, Oct 9, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2012

    macmastersam macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2011
    Essex, england
    fools rush in where angels fear to tread...

    EDIT: spell check :D
  3. george-brooks macrumors 6502a


    Oct 31, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    I think this tells us that all of the iPad Mini mockups we have been looking at for the past few months have been fake.
  4. Junipr macrumors regular


    May 4, 2011
    If the big iPad is $499, and the iPod Touch is $299..

    Will the iPad mini be $399?!?!?!??!?!!!??!?!?!

  5. Dwalls90 macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
    New Trend: IT DOES NOT EXIST.

    Kidding, but that would be funny.
  6. Mums Suspended


    Oct 4, 2011
    iPad iPad iPad iPad iPad iPad iPad iPad iPad iPad iPad iPad iPad
    iPhone iPhone iPhone iPhone iPhone iPhone iPhone iPhone iPhone
    iPad iPad iPad iPad iPad iPad iPad iPad iPad iPad iPad iPad iPad
    MacBook MacBook MacBook

    Are desktops really dead??
  7. GenesisJLS macrumors regular


    Apr 21, 2009
  8. ALMF macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2012
    what does this have to do with cases?
  9. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    No, $299 for either the iPod or the iPad Mini.

    iPod gives you retina and more drive space.
    iPad Mini gives you more room to work but less resolution and less storage space.

    Your choice, same price.
  10. D.T. macrumors G3


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    The new rumored name iPad Hexagon probably freaked them out...
  11. Virtualball macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2006
    This is the dumbest logic. One is a personal media player and one is a tablet. I'm not going to strap my Nexus 7 onto my arm and go for a jog, will I? It's like you're saying, "Why buy a $299 bike when I can buy an iPod for that price!" Different devices have different use and functions.
  12. ladymacintosh macrumors member


    Jan 25, 2011
    I hate it when angles fear to tread. :D
  13. Nosrettap macrumors member

    Dec 22, 2010
  14. george-brooks macrumors 6502a


    Oct 31, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
  15. Zunjine macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2009
    I think the frequency of stories probably nicely reflects the relative popularity of these devices.

    iPhones outsell iPads. iPads outsell iPods. iPods outsell Macbook. Macbooks outsell iMacs. Nobody buys Macbook Pros... OK - not nobody, but compared to iPhones and iPads they're a niche product.

    It's been years since notebooks started to outsell desktops. I believe smartphones now sell more than all PCs. Tablets and smartphones are the only growth areas of computing these days... that goes a long way to explaining the fact that no one is really talking or writing about desktops anymore.

    And, on a more practical note, we're likely to be getting to the point where a powerful laptop attached to an external monitory is good for 99.9% of tasks that anyone used to use desktops for. Already laptops, basic ones, are more than powerful enough for most people. The only ones left who need desktop computers are the 0.01% who do heavy work with movies, sound and graphics, maybe CAD. I mean, other then them... who needs a desktop now?
  16. Head macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2000
    ...or spell check!:rolleyes:
  17. Schmitty11 macrumors 6502

    May 21, 2011
    I'd like to go one day without hearing about an imaginary device
  18. MrX8503 macrumors 68020

    Sep 19, 2010
    People need to seriously stop crying about PC updates. PCs are on a slower update cycle compared to mobile, accept it.

    That's not even taking into account that Apple's biggest profits come from mobile.
  19. LotusLord macrumors 6502a


    Apr 28, 2008
    The Capital of the Land of Cheese and Beer
    I cry, when angles deserve to die :D
  20. D.T. macrumors G3


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    Yeah, my friend Mr. Snuffleupagus just said the same thing to me.
  21. iZac macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2003
    Good -people just need to take care of their things and at most put it in a little sleeve when it gets stuffed in a bag.

    Don't get me wrong, I know there are plenty of reasons for people wanting a case - using it while travelling a lot, kids that mis-treat it etc, but it's not the absolute necessity that many assume.

    Plus they all look awful. I bet Scott Forstall uses an Otter Box clipped onto his belt and we all know what his taste is like!
  22. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    Can't they just save what they made and use them for the Samsung tablets that will come out after the iPad mini?

    (see - I can have a sense of humor about Apple v Samsung)
  23. reckless2k2 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 10, 2008
    Can I have your password so I can edit this comment? *sarcasm*
  24. iSee macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2004
    Um, nothing has changed about the iPad mini's design. There is no iPad Mini in the first place, so there's no design to change.

    Perhaps you meant to say that case manufacturers' best guess of the design of an unreleased and unconfirmed product we call the iPad Mini, all based on sketchy parts leaks, has changed.


    :confused: No, of course not. I use desktops all the time.

    That's where I put my iPhone dock and sometimes I plug my MBA into an external monitor, keyboard & mouse and put all of them on a desktop. Shoot, my iPad is resting on my desktop right now.

    Nope, desktops are here to stay.
  25. ctachme macrumors member


    Dec 22, 2003
    no, its actually a pun: "angles" as opposed to rounded corners!

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