There's really no need for that much RAM, the new iPad only needs it for the higher rez textures and whatnot. RAM actually does eat away at the battery at all times.I wouldn't rule out 768mb or 1024mb memory as the easiest way to improve responsiveness and compatibility with growth applications and usages.
Otherwise, yes. Essentially a big screen iPod Touch. As for the only two styles, my Verizon iPhone has integrated GSM capability only limited by carrier rules. It would be trivial for the cell version to support both GSM and CDMA and even do so on a multi-homing basis in favor of the best local network, buying buckets of data on both to be used as "needed".
It would also be trivial to add LTE to that mix.
I doubt Apple would be that forward leaning or that carriers would let them, but we are totally there technically.
Ditto. My biggest concern was Apple might choose to cripple this somehow out of concern regarding differentiation versus its big brother. The likely sighting of a GSM Mini allays those fears somewhat - now let's see how much memory they'll let you have!Makes sense to me, though I am just happy to see that a gsm / potentially LTE model will be available!
Nexus 7 doesn't have a rear camera, nor does it come in a GSM version. It supposedly does have GPS, which the wi-fi iPad doesn't (only the GSM version does).How does the ipad 2 compare to the nexus 7 hardware wise?
Took the words right out of the mouth. Oppenheimer alluded to a Fall product transition and this might one of them. Get rid of iPad 2 and you have iPad Mini and iPad (Retina).Wifi models...
LTE models add $130 to the price same as the other iPad.
Eliminate the iPad 2 and the lineup is set.
The amount of ram also allows for better, more robust apps. Personally, I'd happily sacrifice an hour of battery life for access to full on Photoshop on an 4GB iPad.There's really no need for that much RAM, the new iPad only needs it for the higher rez textures and whatnot. RAM actually does eat away at the battery at all times.
So you don't want mini iPad because it only has a hundred pixels less than Nexus 7 and you don't care about much more productivities (much more apps)? Really? Sometimes I'm at a loss at people's rationale.I will see. if they will rise resolution, I doubt that I will buy (I like google next 7 table resolution 1280x800). but I don't expect retina display because it will make ipad mini cost highly. by the way, I highly doubt that apple will take NO.1 in 7 inch tablet market. entire situation has been changed in this time. I don't think so. I hope that Google nexus 7 will live a long life.
Then buy iPad 3. Problem solved.I know Apple probably doesn't care, but if it's more than 149,00 and 199,00 I won't buy ! I know there's a lot of people that will love to spend +200,00 to get the mini Ipad, but knowing iPad 3 and how much better it is, I would feel dumb to pay too much for a smaller non retina device !
It will be the best 7" tablet. I agree about low end product however I disagree that we judge a device on only CPU & RAM & a number of pixels on the screen.So much for only creating the 'best products' possible. This iPad already feels so cheap and cheerful... Since when was Apple actively interested in the low end of the market?
LTE (4G) makes no sense in a iPad mini, because 3G supports already 42 MBit/s via HSDPA:You want a 7.85" iPad with a higher than 1024x768 resolution, so retina screen and you want LTE, all for $199?
Yep, and the dock is changing too: 2.5 & 2.6 could just be 'new dock' iPad 2's.What's to say 2,5 and 2,6 aren't just a die struck GSM iPad 2, and die shrunk CDMA iPad 2? After all, 2,4 was only a die shrunk WiFi model, so the GSM and CDMA models are still using the old A5.