Apple is set to unveil a new product and word on the street is that it could be the new Mini iPad. Experts in the gadget industry have received invites for 23rd October, from the computer giant for an event that promises ‘a little more’. The official invites are for a special unveiling in San Jose and say ‘We’ve got a little more to show you’. By sending out these invites, Apple are pre-empting any sales competition by Microsoft, who are launching their Surface tablet three days later, and one day before Amazon’s Kindle fire tablet launches in the UK.
Apple supposedly sent out invites to journalists, analysts and others, and although rumours are gearing up for the release of the new iPad, it could even see a new Macbook computer or a new Mac Mini computer. If the new Mini iPad is revealed on 23rd October, then the device could go on sale weeks later. Online talk regarding the new mini gadget has been rife over the last few weeks, as photographs and invoices have been revealed, showing a prototype and details of a pricing structure. It is thought that if the Mini iPad is launched, it will have a 7.85inch screen, compared to the 9.7 inch screen of the current iPad.
The new Mini iPad will be in direct competition to Microsoft’s Surface tablet, and Amazon’s Kindle fire tablet. The new Kindle Fire, which also has a seven inch screen, will be selling for £129 and is available from 25th October, but the new device from Apple will be able to run many more apps. Speculation is that the price for a new fully loaded Mini iPad could be as much as £520, as a pricing invoice has been released by the website Mobile Geeks last week appears to show the cost and details of eight different iPad mini models. The picture looks like a photograph of an inventory system used by Media Market / Saturn, which is a retail group with employees in Europe and Asia.
It looks as if there are eight separate mini devices for 8, 16, 32, and 64 GB models that come with Wi-Fi, then a separate version of each model that has with integrated cellular radios for connection to mobile networks. Apple unveiled the new iPhone5 at the San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts, and those who have been invited to the 23rd October launch, believe it will be a similar event.
It is thought that the new Mini iPad will feature a 7.85in liquid-crystal display and a Lightning connector. There does not seem to be an integrated camera on the device. It is known that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was dead set against manufacturing a smaller iPad, but emails shown after his death show that he had changed his mind and was tempted into making the smaller device. Apple vice president Eddy Cue said: “Having used a Samsung Galaxy Tab [a seven-inch Android tablet], I tend to agree with many of the comments below…’I believe there will be a seven-inch market and we should do one. I expressed this to Steve several times since Thanksgiving and he seemed very receptive the last time.”
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