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iPad Mini May Be iPad 2 Spinoff, Claims Dev

By - Source: Computerworld | B 26 comments

Marco Arment, the creator of Instapaper, recently speculated in his blog that the rumored 7-inch iPad Mini may be a spinoff of the iPad 2, using the same components found in the more recent 2nd-generation Apple tablet that was re-released earlier this year. However he does note that it's just a prediction: he currently has no clue what will be underneath the 7-inch tablet's hood.

"I saw two curious entries in Instapaper’s device stats today: one iPad2,5 and one iPad2,6," he writes. "These device models, as reported by the OS, could be faked by a jailbreaker with enough free time. But I’ve never had a device show up there that didn’t end up being a real, about-to-be-released Apple device."

He also found a few references to iPhone5.1 devices, confirming rumors that Apple is gearing up to launch the iPhone 5 next month. But as for the iPad2,5 and iPad2,6 references, he explains that it's clearly not the iPad 2 re-release which made its debut alongside the iPad 3 earlier this year.

"iPad2,4 is the 32-nm die-shrunk update that quietly replaced the 16 GB Wi-Fi iPad 2 when the iPad 3 was released, yielding better battery life and lower cost, and probably partly responsible for the iPad 2’s price drop to $399," he writes. "As far as I know, this was the first time Apple invested in a die shrink mid-cycle for any of the iOS devices. They haven’t even done it for the still-sold iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4. The decision to revise the iPad 2 internals, therefore, seemed a bit odd at the time, but makes a lot more sense now."

He theorizes that the iPad2,5 and iPad 2,6 could be "boring GSM and CDMA versions" of the die-shrunk iPad 2 so that it's not only available in a Wi-Fi model, bringing lower costs to the other iPad 2 configurations that are still for sale. Yet introducing these models so late in the game would be a really strange move on Apple's part. Instead, the entries likely refer to Wi-Fi and GSM versions of the iPad Mini. Even more, the CDMA version will likely be iPad2,7 if and when it's introduced.

That said, the iPad Mini may be a 7-inch version of the iPad 2, sporting an A5 SoC with 512 MB of RAM and enough GPU juice to drive the Gruber Display, but not the spiffier Retina Display. "It’s a textbook Tim Cook supply-chain move: selling the last generation’s hardware at a lower price point to expand marketshare," he adds.

So how much will this 7-inch iPad 2 retail? The gadget is currently classified as rumor, but there's indication it will cost around the $250 USD price point.


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    A Bad Day , September 1, 2012 10:25 PM
    $250? That's not Apple's style!
  • 18 Hide
    jn77 , September 1, 2012 11:17 PM
    So now Samsug can sue apple for 2 billion dollars for coping tablets that are smaller than 10 inches in size and violating patent rules? It would be nice to see apples products banned in the country their headquarters is in :-)
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    Anonymous , September 1, 2012 10:16 PM
    If this is true, the Google Nexus 7 will wipe the floor with this technologically sub-par 7" tablet from Apple.
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  • 19 Hide
    A Bad Day , September 1, 2012 10:25 PM
    $250? That's not Apple's style!
  • 18 Hide
    jn77 , September 1, 2012 11:17 PM
    So now Samsug can sue apple for 2 billion dollars for coping tablets that are smaller than 10 inches in size and violating patent rules? It would be nice to see apples products banned in the country their headquarters is in :-)
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    vkg1 , September 1, 2012 11:25 PM
    If this is true then the iPad Mini will wipe the floor with android tablets that cost twice as much: http://www.anandtech.com/show/6126/glbenchmark-25-performance-on-ios-and-android-devices
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    darkchazz , September 2, 2012 12:02 AM
    RITEMAN33If this is true, the Google Nexus 7 will wipe the floor with this technologically sub-par 7" tablet from Apple.

    at least the A5 chip contains a decent gpu, unlike tegra 3... more cores are useless when no apps are optimized for them. a good gpu is more important.
    It's sad to see the almighty nvidia being put to shame by ImgTec in the mobile graphics sector.
    seriously, nvidia's tegra 3 is a sub-par chip with a big marketing machine behind it.

    I'm glad samsung is making its own chips and using ARM's Mali GPUs instead of relying on nvidia's crap like HTC and Sony.
  • 4 Hide
    amuffin , September 2, 2012 12:09 AM
    It's funny that the A5/A6 chips are fabricated by Samsung :p 
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    clubsaucekiller , September 2, 2012 12:50 AM
    RITEMAN33If this is true, the Google Nexus 7 will wipe the floor with this technologically sub-par 7" tablet from Apple.

    The iPad 2 already wipes the floor with the Nexus 7 and most other Android tablets. It will be the same thing except smaller, so I don't know why you expect that.
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    livebriand , September 2, 2012 12:55 AM
    A Bad Day$250? That's not Apple's style!

    With the iPod Touch at $200 and the 2nd gen iPad at $400, I think $300 is reasonable.
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    Anonymous , September 2, 2012 1:06 AM
    otacon72Do you really think people buy Apple products for their performance? If it comes in at the $249 price point it will be the one wiping the floor. The iPod touch's days are numbered also. I personally think tablets are useless without a real OS on them.



    Who voted this down? 249 SRP + iOS = some mighty clean floors in the android community.
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    hp79 , September 2, 2012 1:21 AM
    jn77So now Samsug can sue apple for 2 billion dollars for coping tablets that are smaller than 10 inches in size and violating patent rules? It would be nice to see apples products banned in the country their headquarters is in :-)

    Apple products will never get banned, at least in U.S. it won't.
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    bryonhowley , September 2, 2012 2:58 AM
    So it will be the same shit that Apple pushes but in a smaller size and so overpriced it is not even funny. Apple has not released a real innovative cool product in years. What in the world were they thinking in releasing a laptop that you could not even expand the memory in? Having the memory solder to the mainboard is the most stupid idea I have ever heard of short of actually buying a Apple product.
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    aznshinobi , September 2, 2012 5:20 AM
    Asus/Google should sue Apple for copying the Nexus 7 design just about now (7 inch platform) and HTC should sue Apple for copying the One S design of elongating the screen/phone length
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    hannibal , September 2, 2012 7:12 AM
    bryonhowleySo it will be the same *** that Apple pushes but in a smaller size and so overpriced it is not even funny. Apple has not released a real innovative cool product in years. What in the world were they thinking in releasing a laptop that you could not even expand the memory in? Having the memory solder to the mainboard is the most stupid idea I have ever heard of short of actually buying a Apple product.


    They don't have to. They allready sell so many devices that any upgrade option would just reduce their future sales. Those who are more likely to want upgrades are not going to buy Apple in anyway and those who don't, don't care...
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    ojas , September 2, 2012 8:55 AM
    Quote:
    iPad Mini May Be iPad 2 Spinoff

    You don't say.
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    DjEaZy , September 2, 2012 9:03 AM
    iPad Mini May Be iPad 2 Spinoff, Claims Dev? And why not? the same resolution in a smaller formfactor, but the app already for it by the 100tousents?
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    Vladislaus , September 2, 2012 9:23 AM
    darkchazzat least the A5 chip contains a decent gpu, unlike tegra 3... more cores are useless when no apps are optimized for them. a good gpu is more important.It's sad to see the almighty nvidia being put to shame by ImgTec in the mobile graphics sector.seriously, nvidia's tegra 3 is a sub-par chip with a big marketing machine behind it.I'm glad samsung is making its own chips and using ARM's Mali GPUs instead of relying on nvidia's crap like HTC and Sony.

    Actually the problem with the GPU on the Tegra 3 is that most software is not optimized for it. Nvidia took a gamble on parallel processing, something that still hasn't paid off. Perhaps as the market share of Tegra devices increase we will see a jump in performance from the software..
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    del35 , September 2, 2012 11:50 AM
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    Apple products will never get banned, at least in U.S. it won't.


    That is ample proof that the US court system is totally corrupt.
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    NightLight , September 2, 2012 2:18 PM
    apple is going to sue th... themselves?
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    halcyon , September 2, 2012 3:42 PM
    I really like everything about my gen 3 iPad except its lack of Flash. That's annoying me more every day.
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    freggo , September 2, 2012 4:19 PM
    M1n3KraftWho voted this down? 249 SRP + iOS = some mighty clean floors in the android community.


    If it was $19.95 we'd not buy one on principle.
    We do not wish to be associated with a company that uses excessively abusive market practices.
    Same Reason we do not do business with Bank of America, Nike, American Airlines or AT&T.

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