Will Apple release new ipad with existing size?

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by everythingfun, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. everythingfun macrumors member

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    Or all future models will be size of ipad mini?

    thanks if anyone know.
     
  2. HazyCloud macrumors 68030

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    No one here knows for sure, but I'd bet the iPad isn't going anywhere. If anything, it'll always be a spec ahead of the Mini.
     
  3. irDigital0l Guest

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    Why would Apple discontinue the 9.7'' iPad?

    In fact it'll probably have better specs than the Mini.
     
  4. n8236 macrumors 65816

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    It might be too early, but my hunch would be that everyone wants the hardware specs of an ipad with the form factor of the mini.

    If I were Apple and knew this, I would keep them separate just like I do now with the Macbook Pro line with and w/o retina.

    You're essentially carving out a niche from that niche. The tablet niche carved itself out with the ipad and now the mini carved itself another niche from that.

    From a profit POV, I would imagine companies using the ipad while home users playing w/ the mini. Just like a Macbook Air for personal use and a Lenovo Thinkpad for work.

    By keeping the hardware specs ahead of the mini, it will capture and cater to those more pro/powerful (such as designers, engineers, academics and such). The mini would be for more casual use and cater to hungry readers etc.

    I believe the profit margins for keeping them split is greater, but it also presents itself w/ a lot of other challenges, inside and out. App developers, managing functions/features across multiple hardware devices, etc.

    Bottom line is, I think Apple is waiting to see if the whole power/casual user theory will pan out. If it does, they will keep the two pads. If the mini crosses a threshold of cannibalizing the iPad into extinction, then it's obvious.
     
  5. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    Your hunch is wrong. I'm happy with a full size iPad and an iPhone. I see the iPad mini as a compromise product. Not small enough to be portable like an iPhone, but not big enough to be as user friendly as a full size iPad.
    Even if the specs were exactly the same I would choose the iPad over the mini. It's not what everybody wants.
     
  6. n8236 macrumors 65816

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    Let me retract the "everyone" and say "mostly."

    I am willing to bet a poll with the Mini w/ ipad specs would definitely be a clear winner. There will always be a small amount of folks buying the iPad for their own reasons, but given the larger audience, the Mini w/ iPad equal specs will be that " more ideal" product.

    I'm certain, by the time the Mini has reached iPad 3 specs, the iPad would then have become lighter, thinner, faster, better hardware and other features the Mini won't have.

    The only real way I can see the ipad dying is if it's clearly being eaten by the Mini. But I don't see that happening as long as they keep the Mini specs one step behind the iPad's. I also don't believe the pure number of iPad users will be enough for Apple to keep it around for those niched uses if the specs were to be equal.
     

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