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Report: Apple to Launch 24 New iPads on October 23

By - Source: AppleInsider | B 24 comments

Why have one when you can have 12 models in two different colors?

With rumors of iPad mini reaching fever pitch, Apple finally revealed yesterday plans to hold a media event next Tuesday, October 23. However, it seems Apple might be unveiling more than one iPad next week. The lasted scuttlebutt has the company releasing 24.

According to AppleInsider, Apple plans to release 12 iPads, each in two colors (likely black and white), next week. The site just this week got its hands on what it claims is the full list of presumed iPad mini product SKUs. It shows a total of 24 varieties spread over models labeled as P101, P103, P105 and P107. AppleInsider cites a source familar with the inventory as saying these likely represent different storage capacities (such as 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB). Products are also labeled with "GOOD," "BETTER," and "BEST," which AI reckons could be indicative of connectivity (Wi-Fi-only, 3G, and 4G LTE models).

The current iPad is only available in three capacities, 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB. However, the iPad mini, as it's name suggests, features a small form factor, as well as a rumored smaller price tag. Who's to say it won't also feature less storage (or at least the option for less storage), too? 

Aside from 24 iPads, Apple is expected to announce a new Mac mini as well as a 13-inch Retina display MacBook. Looks like next week might be a big one for Cupertino. Stay tuned!

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    Soulmachiklamo , October 17, 2012 4:05 PM
    Is it just me or am I not the only one with the feeling that Apple's products decrease in quality since Jobs died?
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    nieur , October 17, 2012 4:04 PM
    how different colour is considered as different model?
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    Gasek , October 17, 2012 4:16 PM
    I had to comment on this:
    Products are also labeled with "GOOD," "BETTER," and "BEST,"

    Hey dude, which Ipad you've got? I've got the Best and you? I've got the Good Ipad. Think I should have gone for the Better Ipad instead?
    Sorry what?
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  • 21 Hide
    nieur , October 17, 2012 4:04 PM
    how different colour is considered as different model?
  • 23 Hide
    Soulmachiklamo , October 17, 2012 4:05 PM
    Is it just me or am I not the only one with the feeling that Apple's products decrease in quality since Jobs died?
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    Anonymous , October 17, 2012 4:05 PM
    I already have a mini ipad, its called a Galaxy Note.
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    ddpruitt , October 17, 2012 4:06 PM
    I seriously doubt Apple would come out with that many models. Especially when there have been less than 24 models to date. They have a history of keeping things simple, maybe 3 models in in 3 capacities with a few colors apiece. Apple understands how keeping things simple helps them win consumers.
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    Gasek , October 17, 2012 4:09 PM
    I am really happy Apple finally decided to do what they've said they wouldn't, a 7 inch Ipod, err... Ipad. I've been waiting to buy a Nexus 7.
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    LightningStryk17 , October 17, 2012 4:13 PM
    Man this title is extremely misleading. really awful journalism right here.
  • 20 Hide
    Gasek , October 17, 2012 4:16 PM
    I had to comment on this:
    Products are also labeled with "GOOD," "BETTER," and "BEST,"

    Hey dude, which Ipad you've got? I've got the Best and you? I've got the Good Ipad. Think I should have gone for the Better Ipad instead?
    Sorry what?
  • 3 Hide
    Au_equus , October 17, 2012 4:21 PM
    What? This is what TH considers news now?
    Is TH going to start reporting when Tim Cook goes to the bathroom?
  • 5 Hide
    EDVINASM , October 17, 2012 4:26 PM
    Clearly being iPad is not attractive enough, funky colors coming into mix. Interesting.. Still not buying btw, not now not ever :-)
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    Anonymous , October 17, 2012 4:27 PM
    labelling Good Better and Best is only an internal Apple thing...not meant to tell customers
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    ojas , October 17, 2012 4:42 PM
    12? 12???? lol that's a very different approach to apple's usual policy.

    I wonder if this is to undermine the surface RT?
  • 8 Hide
    nao1120 , October 17, 2012 4:45 PM
    Wait wait wait....... So, What is stopping google and samsung/amazon and BB from sueing apple for a 7 inch model, since clearly they only ever designed and made a 9 inch version and made it clear they did not want to make one to begin with. Isn't that as apple stated "blatent" copying? Should they not be awarded 1 billion in damages?
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    dalethepcman , October 17, 2012 5:04 PM
    Apple trying the android approach? When a single device doesn't do, flood the market!
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    restatement3dofted , October 17, 2012 5:10 PM
    nieurhow different colour is considered as different model?


    Different color = different model number = different model.

    It's a minor point, but nevertheless technically correct (the BEST KIND of correct!).
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    house70 , October 17, 2012 5:18 PM
    nao1120Wait wait wait....... So, What is stopping google and samsung/amazon and BB from sueing apple for a 7 inch model, since clearly they only ever designed and made a 9 inch version and made it clear they did not want to make one to begin with. Isn't that as apple stated "blatent" copying? Should they not be awarded 1 billion in damages?

    What's stopping them? Common sense and decency. They have it.
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    killerclick , October 17, 2012 5:40 PM
    restatement3doftedbut nevertheless technically correct (the BEST KIND of correct!).


    Yeah, mon
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    jn77 , October 17, 2012 6:17 PM
    Does it look anything like the Nexus 7? Time for Google and Samsung to make a few billion dollars back.
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    ven1ger , October 17, 2012 7:41 PM
    GasekI had to comment on this:p roducts are also labeled with "GOOD," "BETTER," and "BEST,"Hey dude, which Ipad you've got? I've got the Best and you? I've got the Good Ipad. Think I should have gone for the Better Ipad instead?Sorry what?


    In any discussion, I don't like to disparage the opposite side with derogatory remarks. But, considering that sort of labeling of their new line as "Good", "Better" and "Best", I can't help to wonder if Apple thinks of their customers as others have been calling them and think their customers have to be led and can't make logical decisions themselves...sigh...


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    tuffjuff , October 17, 2012 7:46 PM
    house70What's stopping them? Common sense and decency. They have it


    That, and Apple is releasing a device with a proven (and patented - by themselves) design with a proven (and patented - again, by themselves) OS with it's own look, available mass-market to the general public years before Android's OS, and all they're changing is the screen size.

    This is not the same as taking a device you're releasing, having it intentionally designed to look like a popular, competing phone, set it up with a nearly identical UI and mislead people into buying it when they probably were after something else. That's what cost Samsung $1B+ in the lawsuit they lost against Apple.

    Anyway, sorry. Continue your Android fanboyism.
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    wiyosaya , October 17, 2012 9:26 PM
    Hmmm...why blitz the market? Perhaps something is wrong?
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