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New iPads to be Thinner and Lighter with New Touch Screen Technology

February 4th, 2013

According to a new report from Digitimes, Apple are expected to release an upgraded version of the current New iPad – the 9.7″ tablet – which will be thinner and lighter overall by using technology from the iPad Mini.

Digitimes do have a rocky track record when it comes to new reports and new developments, though they are close to many of the component suppliers in the Apple manufacturing chain. However, it doesn’t take a genius to realise that Apple of course are going to use the new technology they own and have developed for one tablet and use it to improve another.

The company have put this reduction in weight and size of the iPad down to the touch screen technology used. The current iPad models – the 9.7inch variety – use a glass on glass touch screen technology which of course adds weight and thickness to the tablet. The iPad Mini uses “G/F2 (DITO) technology” which is a touch screen film type technology that eliminates the additional weight and bulk of the touch screen.

No ideas as to when we will see this new “thin” 9.7inch iPad. We used to expect an iPad update in March/April but with the release of the 4th generation iPad late in 2012 we are probably expecting an update too soon.

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Apple Announce New iPads – including iPad Mini and iPad 4

October 24th, 2012

Yesterday’s announcement from Apple showed us a whole plethora of new products, mainly including the iPad Mini announcement – which Apple made all the guests and following press wait right until the end of the announcement for.

Apple firstly introduced new iMacs, Macbooks and Mac Mini’s into their updated lines for 2012, with all models due to be released before the end of the year and available in varying different hard drive capacities and different internal Intel chips.

The iPad announcement was what all the invited guests had been waiting for, and they certainly weren’t disappointed.

The iPad Mini has now officially been announced, with a 7.9inch screen the device is easily held in your hand and available in both black and white versions. The display is the same resolution as the current iPad 2 – 1024×768, so all current apps that are optimised for use on the iPad are now optimised for this smaller model (it is the same resolution as the iPad 2).

The updated version of the iPad – the 4th generation model – has been given a new lightning connector and is powered by an A6X chip, making the device faster than the current New iPad (iPad 3/3rd generation model).

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So Where Is the iPad Mini?

September 25th, 2012

After all the rumours circulating the internet over the past few weeks about the iPad mini, news seems to have died down and we haven’t seen any more suggested “leaked” components… so is there really an iPad mini coming?

Analyst and research companies such as Bloomberg and the New York Times have jumped on the iPad Mini bandwagon and said that the device will be coming this fall. First, the device was expected to be launched at the same time as the iPhone 5, though as the event became nearer and nearer, these rumours died down and now cite that there will be an October event to launch the new device.

The specs? A smaller screen, 7.85inches is the size in circulation at present, which will match up to the Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire. Will the resolution stick to the current iPad 2 screen size of 1024×768 pixels? It would make sense app-wise to keep the same resolution and of course it will pack more pixels per inch on a smaller display, but certainly won’t be of the retina quality we are all now so used to.

We’d also expect to see both a front and rear facing camera on the device, after all even the iPod Touch has a rear facing camera.

Chips and the internals of the device I believe are all going to be down to what price bracket the tablet falls into. If the Mini iPad is going to be competitively priced alongside the Kindle Fire or the Nexus 7 I don’t think it will pack the new A6 chip inside.

What do you want to see in an iPad Mini? Or is price the most important thing for you?

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