Well, my prediction early last month that the iPad Air line would be retired was half right. The name is now gone, but I thought at the time that Apple would shift to an all Pro iPad lineup this Spring. However, thanks in part to the comments of several users of non-Pro iPads, I came to see how short-sighted that opinion was, and how many potential users it would leave behind.
Thankfully, Apple is a lot smarter than I am. As such, a lower-cost tablet still endures, just with a different name and a little different shape. However, this wasn’t all that went down yesterday. Apple made a few interesting, if low key moves, and changing up the Air 2 was just one of them. Here are a few of the highlights and interesting details from yesterday’s news.
Apple will be live streaming their special event today where they’ll announce new iPads and plenty of other fun stuff by the sound of things.
The live stream will be available on the web and on Apple TV starting at 1:00PM Eastern today. Here’s the link to use in a web browser to tune into the live stream:
And here are the system requirements:
Live Streaming video requires Safari 4 or later on OS X v10.6 or later; Safari on iOS 4.2 or later. Streaming via Apple TV requires second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 5.0.2 or later.
It’s been a long year waiting on new iPad announcements, and now the waiting is almost over.
Well, tomorrow is the big day – the day when Apple is going to announce new iPads. After almost a full year of new new iPad release tomorrow’s special event is expected to include the unveiling of a new iPad 5 and a new iPad mini 2, or whatever names Apple decides to give them.
Once again this year the Apple Rumor Mill appears to have taken a lot of suspense out of these announcements and uncovered major details on how both the big and small models will change in their next generation.
The consensus on the iPad 5 is that it will be ‘minified’, as Apple Insider reports via The Wall Street Journal:
As for the full-size iPad, the WSJ reiterated claims from an August report that said the fifth-gen tablet will employ GF2 thin-film screen technology to make the device slimmer and lighter than its predecessors. The larger iPad is also said to feature a redesign with thinner bezels and rounded corners, bringing it more in line with the current iPad mini.
As far as the iPad mini 2, there’s been a whole lot of back and forth as to whether Apple could manage to upgrade it to a Retina display this year – but all the latest reports (again including the WSJ) now indicate this will happen.
So of course I’ve got my own little wish list for the new iPads we’ll be introduced to tomorrow – but it is a very short one this year.
As expected, Apple has confirmed it will be holding a special media event next Tuesday, October 22. Invites went out yesterday to lucky media members and of course it’s widely expected that Apple will be unveiling new iPads at this event.
The event will start at 1PM Eastern on October 22 and Apple has not yet announced whether they’ll be doing a live stream during it.
The general consensus of rumors leading up to the announcement is that we’ll see a new slimmer, lighter iPad 5 and an iPad mini 2 with Retina display. Apple has not been able to keep too many secrets over the course of their last few big new product announcements, so I’d imagine these latest rumors won’t be very far off at all.
Other news that is likely or possible at the event may include word on new MacBook Pros and /or Mac Pro, OS X Mavericks, and possibly an update for Apple TV.
It’s Hurry Up and Wait time of year for iPad fans.
As the expected new iPads announcement event looms just a week away now, the rumors and leaks about the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2nd gen continue to spread.
A couple that have caught my eye this week relate to slight changes in size for both the iPad 5th gen and the iPad mini 2. The iPad 5 is expected to adopt a more ‘minified’ style and becom slightly slimmer and lighter. Along with this slimming down, Apple Insider reports that Apple will offer a new iPad Smart Cover to fit the new iPad 5.
While the iPad 5 gets trimmer, the iPad mini 2 is expected to get bigger – though only by a tiny bit – to be able to support a Retina display. MacRumors outlines how very small the iPad mini 2 size increase may be:
Some Chinese case-makers expect the new iPad mini to be roughly 0.3mm thicker than the current model, going from 7.2mm to 7.5mm, according to a report from Mac Otakara. The cases also indicate the device will be 0.2mm wider, growing from 134.7mm to some 134.9mm.
A number of iPad mini backplates, supposedly from the new device, have leaked over the past few months, with no hint that the size of the new mini will be different from the old one. However, given the small size changes in the new report — only 0.3mm difference in thickness — it would likely take a micrometer to notice any change.
Both of these latest rumors make good sense to me. A new Smart Cover seems a no-brainer as they’ve been popular and effective cases several generations of the iPad and iPad mini already. And the iPad mini being a little bit larger to handle Retina display would follow the precedent set when the iPad 3 went Retina.
iPad 5 render image above courtesy of Martin Hajek
It looks like October 22 can certainly be penciled in, or even inked in lightly, as the date for Apple’s new iPad event for this year. It’s been widely expected that an iPad event would be held over the next couple of weeks, and following a report listing 10/22 as the date for it we now have The Bearded Unofficial But Damn Near Official confirmation from Jim Dalrymple at The Loop. Otherwise know as The Yep:
The current consensus – which may well change numerous times between now and October 22 – is that we’ll see a new iPad 5th gen that will borrow heavily from the iPad mini, a new iPad mini with Retina display (but possibly in very short supply initially), and Apple’s new 64-bit supporting chip A7 chip in one or both new iPad lines.
I was hoping we might see this event next week, but I can settle for October 22.
** iPad mini 2 render image by Martin Hajek
Boy, the rumors about whether or not we’ll see an iPad mini with Retina display in 2013 have been flying round all year long. One minute it’s a sure thing we will see the Retina iPad min this year; the next it’s a definite no-go due to supply chain issues or the complexity of the manufacturing process for it.
This week’s latest reports on the subject, like this one from Reuters, cite ‘people who work in the company’s (Apple’s) supply chain’ and sum things up like so:
Apple’s supply chain is only now gearing up to make retina displays for the iPad Mini, which means the gadgets could be available in only limited quantities this year, if at all, and the company may miss the chance to cash in on the year-end holiday shopping season …
This is one iPad rumor I’m not fond of, of course. I hope it’s inaccurate because I’d hate to see Apple miss out on the 2013 holiday season with the new Retina iPad mini – which is bound to be a big hit. I also hope this report is wrong for purely personal reasons. My iPad usage now skews something like 80-20 in favor of the iPad mini. My iPad 3 is still a powerful and beautiful device, but the lightness and the form factor of the iPad mini have made it the tablet I use the most since the first week I owned it.
So here’s hoping this latest Retina iPad mini report is not on the money, and that Apple announces its iPad event very soon so we can get the real answers on new iPads.
Image Source: Martin Hajek
I know, I know – new iPad rumors already – when we just saw the release of two new iPads a couple of months ago. Crazy, right? Well, maybe not so much. Today MacRumors and others are reporting on Wall Street analyst Brian White’s prediction that we’ll see 2 more new iPads released in March:
Our checks at CES indicate Apple will release the iPad 5 and the second-generation iPad mini this March. The iPad 5 is expected to be lighter and thinner than the iPad 4 that was released in October, while the form factor of the iPad mini should be similar to the first generation iPad mini that debuted in October.
Even more interesting is that over recent weeks Horace Dediu of Asymco discussed the possibility of Apple switching to a twice a year release schedule for at least some of its star products – and put forward some solid reasons why this is plausible. Then Graham Spencer at MacStories did some further research and analysis around Dediu’s case and posted his thoughts this week. He weighs up a number of factors to do with release schedules, international rollouts timing, spreading out demand peaks and troughs better over the course of the year and ends up saying his guess is that Apple will move to a twice a year release schedule for the iPad and iPhone in 2013, while pointing out that it’s a tough call and a very tough thing to pull off for Apple.