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iPad Mini May Only Be a WiFi-only Device

By - Source: Guardian | B 19 comments

Word on the street is that the much-rumored iPad Mini may not have 3G or 4G connectivity.

Apple's iPad Mini may only be available in a Wi-Fi version, according to industry sources that spoke to the Guardian newspaper.

The Guardian cites unnamed industry sources that say will be Wi-Fi only. These are the same sources that talked about a revised 4G LTE iPad for the UK's Everything Everywhere network. Though it may seem like an odd decision, the omission of 3G or 4G makes sense if Apple is seriously considering launching a device into the more affordable segment of the tablet market. After all, Google's Nexus 7 was launched as a cheap-as-chips competitor to Amazon's Kindle Fire, and it was WiFi-only, too.

October 17 is the alleged date the iPad Mini will be announced, with the device's production commencing in preparation for a fourth quarter release.

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    UVB076 , October 10, 2012 8:36 PM
    Don't we already have that? Isn't it called a "iPod Touch"?
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    UVB076 , October 10, 2012 8:36 PM
    Don't we already have that? Isn't it called a "iPod Touch"?
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    kawininjazx , October 10, 2012 8:47 PM
    UVB076Don't we already have that? Isn't it called a "iPod Touch"?


    It's an iPod Touch XL
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    guess who , October 10, 2012 8:47 PM
    Does not make sense at all. More portable but worse connectivity? Should be the other way around.
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    rebel1280 , October 10, 2012 8:56 PM
    hmm not sure how i feel about this... on a side note, any news on W8 7 or 8 inch tablet?
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    rebel1280 , October 10, 2012 8:57 PM
    kawininjazxIt's an iPod Touch XL

    hey iPod Touch XL's need love too /sarcasm :p 
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    teh_chem , October 10, 2012 9:08 PM
    I wouldn't be surprised if this were a wifi-only device. I think a lot of people are turned off of "large" tablets, but are okay sacrificing if they get a data connection. Offering a "fully loaded" mini ipad could potentially cannibalize their standard (and more pricey) ipad sales.

    I'm sincerely interested in how this (alleged) device is going to fit into Apple's device and price-point logistics. Joking aside, this does sound just like a large ipod touch. But being that the large ipads start at $499, and the ipod touch starts at $299 (and capping out at $399), there doesn't seem to be a huge price-point gap in their lineup where the 7" ipad makes a whole lot of sense.
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    extremepcs , October 10, 2012 9:21 PM
    iPod - Magnum
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    jcurry23 , October 10, 2012 9:59 PM
    apple is stupid
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    memadmax , October 10, 2012 11:17 PM
    If you build it, the iSheeple will come....
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    UVB076 , October 10, 2012 11:20 PM
    To be honest, they should do it like the original iPad, a wifi only model and a 4G model.
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    ushyperion , October 10, 2012 11:35 PM
    Now i'm sure, ima call this website APPLEShardware.com from now.
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    Anonymous , October 10, 2012 11:40 PM
    Wifi only does not surprise me as much as the 7sh size. 8" would have made more sense, smaller than the IPad but different from the growing competition and avoids the price issue complexity. I guess Apple is counting on consumers who will just buy Apple and do not do any comparative research. It is clear that much of the tech sites have a Apple bias.
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    ttg_Avenged , October 11, 2012 1:20 AM
    WTF.. why is 1/3 of the reviews and topics in the so-called "news" section crApple?
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    bllue , October 11, 2012 2:31 AM
    ttg_avengedWTF.. why is 1/3 of the reviews and topics in the so-called "news" section crApple?

    Nerdbaiting the iHaters and iSheep :p 
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    tanjo , October 11, 2012 3:45 AM
    iPad Touch!
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    Anonymous , October 11, 2012 7:38 AM
    So first there's the regular ipad with wifi and 3G and 4G. Then there's the ipad mini with wifi only. What's next? phones with internet disabled alltogether?
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    neon871 , October 11, 2012 10:25 AM
    They have to save something for iPad Mini Gen. 2..........DuH! :p 
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    bloc97 , October 12, 2012 1:43 AM
    Will it blend?
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    bloc97 , October 12, 2012 1:43 AM
    Will it blend?