Why might Apple choose to bring a smaller iPad--an idea Steve Jobs hated--to market? The growing spate of smaller tablets from the likes of Amazon might force the decision.
iPhone 5 Predictions: The Best And Worst
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iPhone and iPad reports are numerous and often contradictory, but lately they have begun to agree on one important thing: when the devices might arrive. Though analysts have used the shotgun approach with respect to iPhone 5 and iPad Mini timing, more and more reports suggest that September is the intended target.
The latest report comes from Brian White, with Topeka Capital Markets, who is visiting with component suppliers at the Computex show in Taipei this week. According to White's supply-side contacts, Apple is going to have an "exciting" September thanks to its next-generation mobile devices.
Details provided to White about the potential iPhone 5 are more or less in line with what we've heard all year. It will feature a new design with more aluminum and less glass, and it will have a larger display (probably 4 inches). White's sources were skeptical that the iPhone 5 would use liquidmetal, which was hypothesized earlier this year thanks to Apple's licensing agreement with Liquidmetal Technologies.
The scuttlebutt regarding the iPad Mini is somewhat more interesting.
The device would feature a 7.85-inch display with the same 1024 x 768 resolution featured on the original iPad and iPad 2. Adopting the same resolution would make it easier on developers to modify their apps for the iPad Mini, which would have a higher pixel density than the original iPad and iPad 2. The pixel density would be just enough that Apple might market it as a Retina Display, says AppleInsider.
Why might Apple choose to bring a smaller iPad--something CEO Steve Jobs abhorred--to market? Possibly to compete with the growing spate of smaller tablets from the likes of Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and others. While Apple is in no immediate danger of losing its dominant position in the tablet market, it could suffer death from a thousand cuts if cheaper, capable devices like a possible Nexus tablet undercut it in price.
Last up in today's smorgasbord of Apple reports comes news that iOS 6 is set to include features found in Apple's OS X Mountain Lion desktop software. 9to5Mac reports today that iOS 6 will include iCloud Tabs support, Mail VIPs, and changes to the Notification Center. The notification center will have a "Do Not Disturb" function that lets users cancel all notifications for a determined amount of time.
Apple is expected to debut iOS 6 during its WWDC keynote address, which will take place Monday, June 11, starting at 1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST.
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