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Sources Claim iPad Air (or Mini) Drops November 2

Published on October 19, 2012 by in Apple, iPad, Rumors

Can you feel the excitement?

The fanboys and fangirls are now planning their lineup strategies as the  anti-Apple trolls are mapping out their hater commenting processes. That’s right, it’s Apple product release time!

While the iPad Air (or Mini, or just iPad, or whatever it will be called) hasn’t even been announced (or officially mentioned), sources close to Apple’s plans have told TechCrunch that the release date will be November 2, just 10 days after the expected announcement on October 23.

November 2 is the ship date we’ve heard today from a source close to Apple’s supply chain, echoing an earlier report by Geeky Gadgets that that’s the day the iPad mini will go on sale.

Are you getting in line for Apple’s smaller iPad? Let us know in the comments!

 
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Microsoft Surface Pricing Surfaces

Published on October 16, 2012 by in Commentary, News, Rumors

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Jim Dalrymple at The Loop reports that after a website leak Microsoft has officially announced the entry price point for the Microsoft Surface will be $499. You can get the rest of the pricing details from him. But something else he said stuck out to me.

It’s interesting to note that this initial version of the Surface tablet will only be available directly through Microsoft – at its retail stores and through Microsoft online, but not through the vast network of physical and online retailers who normally carry Microsoft products.

Huh, maybe Microsoft has more stores than I thought.

Nope. 31 — and just 29 in the US. Interesting.

There was a time when Apple only had 31 stores, but it still used third party retailers to help sell its products. Maybe Microsoft should be taking a page out of Apple’s playbook, especially when it has such a huge chain of distributors. Will limiting its options look like a strength or a weakness? Is the goal to get people to finally visit the Microsoft stores?

It’s interesting, to say the least. I for one am happy to see Microsoft mixing it up.

 
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iPad Mini Prices Allegedly Leaked

 

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A leaked screenshot of an inventory system, allegedly from Europe’s largest electronics retailer, Media Market, has entered the wild, showing a price list for the still unannounced iPad Mini. The screenshot was posted by the German site MobileGeeks.

Shown in the screenshot are 16 different configurations for the iPad Mini with memory options of 8, 16, 32, and 64GB, as well as network options of WiFi-only or cellular, and color options of black or white.

The pricing is listed in Euros and roughly converts to a price range of $322 for the 8GB WiFi-only model to $650 for the 64GB cellular model. $322 is kind of a weird price point for Apple but it should be noted that CNet is assuming that Europe’s 19% value-added tax is already included in the price.

So will Apple price the 8GB WiFi iPad Mini at $299, which is the same as the 32GB iPod touch? Or will it be closer to $319 or $329?

The $299 price point would really be enticing for anyone who buys an iPod touch — they want all the best parts about the iPhone without the hassle of the phone contract. Now, consumers can get everything, but with a bigger screen (that isn’t too big), all for the same price.

Some may argue and say that would cut into iPod touch sales. I’m not sure that’s a concern. From a sales approach, customers simply have more choices. I want a mobile Internet device I can go running with — iPod touch. I want a mobile Internet device I can draw sketches on — iPad Mini. I want a mobile Internet device I can fit in my jeans pocket — iPod touch. I want a mobile Internet device I can fit in my (man) purse — iPad Mini.

It bares repeating that these leaked images are not confirmed and that Apple hasn’t even confirmed the existence of an iPad Mini. That said, rumors have surfaced claiming Apple will unveil the iPad Mini on Oct 23, and industry insiders such as Jim Dalrymple have given it a “yep.”

We recently reported that The Guardian had stated the iPad Mini would only be available with WiFi and no cellular connection. So with conflicting rumors swirling around out there, what do you think we’ll see, if anything, on October 23rd?

 

 
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Apple May Be Breaking Up with Samsung

Published on October 13, 2012 by in Apple, iPad, iPhone, News, Rumors

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It’s amazing to me that this didn’t happen any sooner, but it looks like Apple may be breaking up with Samsung.  And I will give everyone one guess what the top reason is that they are doing this. That’s right, they have been fighting over PATENTS.

According to CNET and Taiwan Economic News Apple is considering a deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) for the processors and other chips that go in its mobile products like the iPad, iPhone , and iPod Touch.

I am sure feuding about the patents had some influence in the decision, but I think that TSMC’s 20 nanometer technology may be a bigger reason. For those who don’t know, this means a smaller processor is possible and more efficient.  Currently, Apple has commissioned Samsung to build it’s A6 processor which uses a 32 nanometer design for the iPhone and iPad.

If Apple does make this move it would be a huge loss in revenue for Samsung.  On the other side, TSMC would be seeing a huge spike in growth, but its current customers might see less attention.  We will keep our readers up to date as things unfold.

 
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iPad Mini Event October 23rd

Published on October 12, 2012 by in Apple, Culture, iPad, Rumors

These days, it’s not the lengthy diatribes about intense political issues that gets the free world in a tizzy, but rather a single word, from a single man. The word? Yep. The man? Jim Dalrymple, long-time Apple writer with some of the best sources for juicy Apple-related tidbits in the business.

John Paczkowski at All Things D drops the story:

Apple will hold a special event this month, at which it will showcase a new, smaller iPad. People familiar with Apple’s plans tell us that the company will unveil the so-called “iPad mini” on Oct. 23 at an invitation-only event.

Jim’s “Yep” all but confirms the event, which has yet to be officially announced by Apple. If you’ve been considering dropping some cash on a tablet device, whether it’s the iPad, Amazon’s Kindle Fire, or Google’s Nexus 7, you might just want to wait to see what Apple has in store.

 
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