If that's the iPad Mini (and I know a lot of people think it is) I speculate a ho-hum response at best (journalists, however will rip Apple a new one) - you can get better specs in other products for a lot cheaper.Post your predictions.
8 hrs battery life
No 3G, no 4g
Front facing camera only
I think the battery will be the same as the normal ipad since the screen is smaller.I don't see the problem with having a screen resolution that is different from the original iPads. Old apps can be remade to that resolution, and new apps will adapt to it. 2048x1536 is too much for a 7.85 screen and 1024x768 is not enough to be called a Retina display.
My bet is:
Retina Display: 1440x1920 (305.73ppi at 7.85")
A5 (32nm) 512MB RAM
VGA front and 720p back cameras
16GB 32GB 64GB
WiFi+3G (+GPS) model (no 4G)
16GB Wifi $249
32GB Wifi $349
64GB Wifi $449
16GB 3G $349
32GB 3G $449
64GB 3G $549
You're crazy if you expect a ho-hum response from a $299.00 iPad Mini. Apple will sell every one they can make for months at that price. I'm sure tech "journalists" will crap all over it but most people won't give a **** and will buy it. The majority of people don't want a tablet. They want an iPad.If that's the iPad Mini (and I know a lot of people think it is) I speculate a ho-hum response at best (journalists, however will rip Apple a new one) - you can get better specs in other products for a lot cheaper.
That sounds spot on. The only wild cards are:A5
FaceTime HD camera
16GB and 32GB
No cellular data
I agree with all of this except the storage. I really don't see Apple releasing an 8GB iPad Mini.iPad mini - available in black/slate & white/silver
A5X - 512mb RAM
7.85" Retina Display w/ 2048 x 1536 @ 326ppi & IPS technology
Facetime HD Camera
5mp iSight Camera & 720p Video Capture
8hr Battery Life
Wi-Fi ONLY (802.11a/b/g/n)
Anodized 6000 series Aluminum Casing
Shipping Oct. 26th
8GB - $249
16GB - $299
32GB - $349
Now here's my reasoning. Apple MUST distinguish the 'mini' apart from the current 'new iPad'. The question is how are they going to be able to do so, without taking a step backwards towards earlier Generations of iPad. Now, put your iPod mini era caps on. Cause Apple will do the same thing.
Expect a current A5X processor built in, but with only 512mb RAM. This is required for Retina Display. I don't see Apple NOT going with Retina as it is pretty much their display 'standard' now-a-days and are currently pushing all non-retina devices to this standard. 512mb of RAM will have to do as Apple will be marketing and pushing this toward the light/average consumer, along with children and the Education side of things. Housewives and Children do not need 1GB of RAM to run memory hogging apps such as Photoshop Express, iMovie, and top tier editing apps.
Retina or Non-Retina. I'd have to say Retina. If there was one spec I was not 100% sure of, I would say this one. Like I said above, I don't see Apple NOT going with Retina as it is pretty much their display 'standard' now-a-days. And to highlight this, they are pushing all non-retina devices to this standard. Retina is huge, and makes a product have that 'wow' factor. I hope and pray they include it, as it would really come up short if they did not. Now, to look at it from the other side, remember again the target audience. Do they really need a retina display? Can Apple get away with 1024x768? People say that the exclusion of Retina display will keep the cost down. But I believe a different exclusion will allow this, read on!
Expect a HD FaceTime camera as it is almost a necessity for FaceTiming, as with the VGA camera you could hardly tell what or who you were talking to. FaceTime will be included as it is a neat feature for tablets and I do not see Apple withholding it. Also, 30fps seems feasible.
A 5mp iSight camera seems like a perfect fit, I don't see Apple downgrading picture quality, even though it is on a 'mini' type product. But I wouldn't be surprised if Apple snuck 720p HD Video Capture past us. I personally do not see the need to pack it with full blown HD recording. Again, the light consumer and children are the targeted market here.
I see 8 hours of battery life being plausible. You give and take here. Remember, the battery size itself will be slightly smaller due to the smaller design of the product itself, but will make up with the inclusion of the Lightning connector. Also, with the lack of LTE/3G Cellular connectivity and a slightly smaller Retina Display, I see this battery performing just fine.
Here's the shocker: Wi-Fi models only. In order to keep cost down and to be able to distinguish the 'mini' product from it's older, bigger parent, I see Apple leaving out LTE/3G Connectivity. Remember the targeted audience here. The iPad mini will perform just fine indoors, as that is where it will be meant to be used. This is where Apple will be able to hit that low price tag they are shooting for.
Expect capacities to be moderate. I see an entry level 8GB version coming in under the coveted <$200 price tag. This will be just fine for young children and the education side of things. I see Apple providing two other capacities, 16GB and 32GB for the light consumer. With each increase in capacity, I hope to see a price increase of $50 per jump.
Time will tell.
exactly. another thing to look at is that they killed off 16GB in the new ipod touch.I agree with all of this except the storage. I really don't see Apple releasing an 8GB iPad Mini.
We'll see, but I think you ignore the response from Amazon and Google and B&N, who all have superior specs on their 7" vs. some of the rumours suggesting the iPad Mini is a shrunken iPad 2. Imagine they all lower their price, so Apple is now inferior in specs and double the price (or triple) - think it's going to sell so many still? Do you really think people are that blind? Jeez, I hope they aren't, it kills my faith in people to imagine them so stupid. Don't get me wrong, I love Apple, but I love Apple because it builds superior products, and this particular iPad Mini rumour will leave me hugely disappointed, and I'll just look elsewhere for what I want, and feel serious concern for those that find paying more money for less a good thing.You're crazy if you expect a ho-hum response from a $299.00 iPad Mini. Apple will sell every one they can make for months at that price. I'm sure tech "journalists" will crap all over it but most people won't give a **** and will buy it. The majority of people don't want a tablet. They want an iPad.
The majority of people buying a tablet don't care how much ram and what kind of processor it is running. They want to know it will run the apps they want and run them well. Apple has never been about competing with specs; they provide the best user experience with the hardware they use.We'll see, but I think you ignore the response from Amazon and Google and B&N, who all have superior specs on their 7" vs. some of the rumours suggesting the iPad Mini is a shrunken iPad 2.