Apple iPad Mini 2 VS Google Nexus 10 2: Which Tablet Should You Buy in New Year?

314191_291772190923888_1095826151_nTablet shoppers planning on settling with the Google Nexus 7 or 10 can be more patient. Only to be rewarded with the arrival of the new Apple iPad mini some time soon.

 The Google Nexus 10 is expected to be possibly released in the CES 2014 that will be held on January 7. According to DigiTimes, a publication based in Taiwan, those who are planning to buy the Nexus should wait a little longer as they believe that the new iPad Mini,  will be significantly faster with a more powerful battery. It  might release witjin the first three months of 2014. Apple expects to ship over 6 million units in early 2014 and this will hopefully address the shortage crisis that was an obstacle for the initial release date slated in the latter half of 2013.    

DigiTimes also explains that this shortage was due to the production issues related to the retina display that was to be an added spec to this latest iPad model. In the mean time, Apple will be ending 2013 with record sales for the iPad Air. We believe that the iPad mini should also be recieved in a similar fashion since there is a very high demand in Asia.… Read the rest

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With iPad Mini 2 & iPad 5 Release Set In Line, Will Apple Regain Its Plunging Market Share and Popularity?

Apple is expected to roll out its forthcoming iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C anytime after September 20th followed by the launch of iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 somewhere in mid-November this year. 

Interestingly, certain analysts believe that Apple’s hope to gain its plunging market shares in the tab market could be pinned down to the release of iPad Mini 2 and the iPad 5.

Apple’s earlier shipment for tabs went down from 229.3 million to 227.4 million units, which is speculated to be the firm’s move to build anticipation among consumers for its upcoming iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2. However, the decision to increase the sales of tabs in the Q4 this year has rather affected the company’s market share.    

Nevertheless, as per some reports, Apple’s shipment of tabs has increased by 60 percent since 2012, when it first launched the iPad.

Apple has always been a leader in the tab market, giving its rivals a tough time.

The Cupertino Calif.-based firm is expected to launch its upcoming iPad 5 with more power and expertise, packed in a slim and light body with the new iOS 7. The device thus contains the power to revamp consumer’s interest in the tab all over again.

With Retina Display and faster processing chips, the iPad Mini 2 will be a cheaper version that will come in competition with other cheaper Android devices in the market.

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Wake Up Retina-Packed iPad 5 & iPad Mini 2: To Put Google Nexus 7 2 to Sleep?

Previous rumors indicating towards Apple not including a Retina Display in its upcoming device can go rest in grave as considering the latest reports, the Cupertino Calif.-based firm has settled to offer its forthcoming 9.7-inch iPad 5 and 7.9-inch iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display, all set to launch coming October.

Apple is reported to trade in the required number of display panels with high resolution from LG Display in the following months. These Retina-made display panels will meet the firm’s requirement to ship around three million units of iPad Mini 2 in October this year.

iPads made with Retina Display are expected to beat previous sales record of Apple’s devices. LG Display, we hear has boosted the production process of panels to meet Apple’s original release date for the iPad Mini.

However, certain reports also indicate towards Sharp and Samsung also working on to produce some parts for the iPad Mine 2, following the reports of production problems at AU Optronics.

Apple also plans to unveil the iPad 5 this October, producing around six million devices for the last three months of 2013. Lighter and slimmer, the iPad 5 is expected to hold a 9.7-inch screen with Apple’s latest iOS 7.… Read the rest

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Apple iPad Mini 2 vs ASUS vs Acer: 8-inch Tabs To Uncover in Q3

As per latest reports, small tablets such as Acer, ASUS, Dell and Lenovo are all gearing up to roll out an 8-inch 1,280 x 800 pixels Android-powered tabs in the third quarter of 2013. This we believe will come as a firm competition for Apple’s yet-to-be-released iPad Mini 2, which is expected to be out in Q4.

Up to now, 9-inch devices have dominated the tab market, which makes for over 60 percent of all tabs shipped in 2012. However, in 2013, the smaller tablets are likely to report for over 60 percent of shipments.

The success of 7.9-inch iPad mini tabs could be the main factor boosting the shift to 8-inch tablets. With a range of smaller tabs all gearing up for the Q3 launch, it seems like we as consumers are going to be in for a spicy treat.

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Apple iPad 5 Vs Apple iPad Min2: Apple Would Go Public Only with High Power Batteries

If we got news of a curved battery from a recent patent filed by Apple just a couple of days ago, we’ve just found out more news about what Apple could be working on. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has just shed light on 34 new patents it has approved for Apple – and they range all the way from a new design for the iPad Mini 2 to new magnetometer technology for Apple Maps.

Although we still have no clue as to when we would finally see Apple launching the next generation iPad and iPad Mini tablets, we’ve kept ourselves busy digging through these 34 new patents to see which of them could be implemented in these upcoming devices. An interesting finding we came across was about an improved battery life for them.

There’s also information on an interface between iOS and iTunes designed especially for multitouch devices. The patent describes technology that could help conserve the device’s power during the use of the Movie section of iTunes, ensuring longer battery life.

The interface bears a striking resemblance to the one used in the iPhone 5, iPad Mini and the iPad 4. But the slight differences mentioned make us wonder if this is something that could feature in the iPad Mini 2 and the iPad 5. As screen resolutions continue to increase and the processors become more powerful, a longer battery life becomes the order of the day, and looks like Apple could make something work here.… Read the rest

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iPad Mini 2 Vs Google Nexus 7: Why Apple Is Not Able To Beat The Rulers In The Mini Market?

We know that Apple’s iPad Mini that was launched last year went on to become quite a popular tablet in the market, and there has been a lot of hype around its successor, the iPad Mini 2 for a while now. Notwithstanding the success, given that Apple has still not announced any launch date for the next-gen iPad Mini, we doubt if you should really bother waiting for it. Here’s why:

The iPad Mini drew a lot of flak for its low-resolution screen. For a premium priced tablet, its screen was anything but attractive, especially in comparison with that of its competitors’ like the Google Nexus 7. But according to the rumors, Apple’s planning to change that and put in the Retina Display feature in the iPad Mini 2. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Only if you’re willing to shell out even more bucks on it, though. Given that the iPad Mini itself starts at $329 for the WiFi-only model, we can only imagine just how much the 4G version could set you back by.

If you are looking at spending money on an iPad Mini only to use it as an e-book reader, well, you’ve got far better alternative options which could cost you a lot less. Sure, they’re 7-inch tablets while the iPad Mini’s got a 7.9-inch screen, but the price difference doesn’t really justify that extra 0.9-inches in the iPad Mini screen.

Apple’s planning to bump up the processor in the iPad Mini 2 from the current A5 to an A6X processor – the same that powers the iPad 4. There are also rumors of a brand new A7 processor being designed by Apple. But if you’re not into running very heavy apps, you don’t really need all that power. The iPad Mini should suit you just fine.

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The Fate of Apple Rests Solely on the iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2?

Looks like innovation’s only going to get you so far – the world’s most innovative company seems to be losing its sheen with every passing month. But the only way out, according to analysts, could be the release of the iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 soon. While rumors about the iWatch and iPhone 6 are doing the rounds, bringing out the tablets is the only way to fend off increasing competition from Android, they say.

On the positive front, yes, Apple still does enjoy the lead in the tablet market. And to maintain this lead, the company will do well to focus on bringing out truly spectacular tablets. We don’t quite expect anything flamboyant in the form of the iPhone 6 that could possibly bring Samsung down, even if iOS 7 turns out to be radically different from the current version of the iOS.

Of course, analysts maintain that the iPhone won’t vanish from the top sellers’ list anytime soon and it will continue to hold its own in the competitive arena of smartphones. But the advent of low-end smartphones could hamper the sales of the iPhone further.

Even though Apple’s iPad sales shrank to less than 50 percent of the overall tablet sales in Q1 of 2013, the numbers look promising – 19 million units of the iPad were sold during this period, 65 percent more than what was sold during the same period in 2012. However, Apple sold 37 million iPhones during Q1 2013, just 7 percent higher than the figure for 2012.

One of the key strength Apple’s iPad has is in the apps’ department – with over 350,000 apps for the iPad, there’s a lot more you can do with an iPad than with an Android tablet. And as the tablet market continues to expand rapidly, Apple still has ways to stay ahead.… Read the rest

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Would The Apple iPad Mini 2 Do for You or Should You Go for Apple The iPad 5?

We’re expecting Apple to unveil its next generation iPad and iPad Mini soon, and while we eagerly wait to know more about these two gorgeous gadgets, we wondered which of these would make most sense for you. The iPad 5 is expected to have a 9.7-inch display while the iPad Mini 2 would have a 7.9-inch screen – both of them are expected to come with Apple’s famous Retina Display technology.

While the iPad has been the reigning leader of tablets, looks like the iPad Mini 2 could overthrow its big brother and become more popular in 2013. Analysts have predicted that Apple’s range of tablets could see a similar trend like in the case of the iPod where the Nano and Mini went on to become more popular than the original Classic.

One of the biggest drawbacks of the iPad Mini launched last year was its low-res screen without Retina Display, which Apple looks all set to fix in this year’s version of the miniature tablet. So if it’s an iPad with portability you’re looking for, you’re indeed better off investing  in the iPad Mini 2 over the iPad 5. After all, in terms of processing power, they’ll both be quite similarly matched too.

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Apple iPad 5 And iPad Mini 2 Could Lead over The Galaxy Note 8.0 And Kindle Fire by 82%

Even though 2012 wasn’t exactly a great year for Apple, some analysts still feel that the company could continue to maintain its stronghold in the tablet market with the upcoming iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini turned out to be a huge success when it launched, despite it coming with a lower resolution screen and a higher price tag than many of its competitors’ products.

Even stiff competition from the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire don’t stand a chance against Apple’s upcoming tablets. So yes, it may take a little while longer for Google’s Android OS to take over the world of tablets.

According to Chitika, a research firm, in March 2013, 81.9 percent of all web usage from tablets in Canada came from Apple tablets. This figure is 1.4 percent times more than the numbers for February. During the same period, the web traffic coming from Kindle Fire reduced from 8 percent to 7.1 percent, while the Samsung’s Galaxy tablets accounted for just 4.3 percent of the share.

But just because there’s more web traffic coming from Apple tablets, does this mean it’s selling better than other devices? That’s not necessarily true, as the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is expected to be a bestseller upon its launch. There’s also going to be tough competition in the form of the Sony Xperia Z tablet. It just means that Apple tablet users are more engaged on their devices.

We’re not quite sure when Apple would reveal the next generation iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2, or what the future holds for them, but we do know that it will take a lot of effort in 2013 for Apple if it wants to hold on to its top spot in the tablet domain.

Even though 2012 wasn’t exactly a great year for Apple, some analysts still feel that the company could continue to maintain its stronghold in the tablet market with the upcoming iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini turned out to be a huge success when it launched, despite it coming with a lower resolution screen and a higher price tag than many of its competitors’ products.

Even stiff competition from the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire don’t stand a chance against Apple’s upcoming tablets. So yes, it may take a little while longer for Google’s Android OS to take over the world of tablets.

According to Chitika, a research firm, in March 2013, 81.9 percent of all web usage from tablets in Canada came from Apple tablets. This figure is 1.4 percent times more than the numbers for February. During the same period, the web traffic coming from Kindle Fire reduced from 8 percent to 7.1 percent, while the Samsung’s Galaxy tablets accounted for just 4.3 percent of the share.

But just because there’s more web traffic coming from Apple tablets, does this mean it’s selling better than other devices? That’s not necessarily true, as the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is expected to be a bestseller upon its launch. There’s also going to be tough competition in the form of the Sony Xperia Z tablet. It just means that Apple tablet users are more engaged on their devices.

We’re not quite sure when Apple would reveal the next generation iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2, or what the future holds for them, but we do know that it will take a lot of effort in 2013 for Apple if it wants to hold on to its top spot in the tablet domain.… Read the rest

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Troubled Times for The Apple iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2: Chip Designer of A7 Processor Quits Job

Apple had pulled off quite the coup when it managed to hire Raja Korudi, a renowned chip designer, from AMD back in 2009 to help design its own chipsets. But Korudi, who was rumored to be working on the brand new A7 processor, has supposedly quit the firm and gone back to AMD, leaving Apple in the lurch.

Now the A7 processor was rumored to debut in the upcoming iPad 5 and the iPad Mini 2, but with Korudi leaving Apple at this juncture, we wonder what would be the fate of the next generation tablets. To his credit, Korudi has been the designer of Apple’s processors starting from the A4 chip and has played an important role in developing the new A7 processor too.

But the real question in Apple fans’ minds is if this departure would have any impact on the release of the iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2, both of which have already been quite delayed. Or what if there was no plan on making an A7 processor in the first place at all? What goes on in Apple, no one can tell.… Read the rest

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