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Rumor: Apple resellers dedicating more display space for iPad ahead of new model launch

post #1 of 26
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Apple Premium Resellers in Europe have reportedly been asked to make adjustments to display space dedicated to the iPad, with some locations saying Apple has mandated the work be completed by Sept. 12.

According to MacRumors sources, Apple has informed a number of authorized European resellers to dedicate more floor space to the company's tablet line, hinting that the much-rumored "iPad mini" may soon arrive in stores.

One of the sources cited a Sept. 12 deadline date for the reconfiguration, the same day Apple is expected to debut a next-generation iPhone at an as-yet-unannounced special event. Initial rumblings said both a new iPhone and a smaller iPad would be launched simultaneously, however intervening reports have pushed back the tablet's release to as late as October.

While the exact product Apple may be readying for launch is in question, resellers point out Mac Pro and Mac mini models are being removed entirely from some stores. At one location, space dedicated to the iPad has tripled. Other product displays being scaled back include iPods and associated accessories.

Apple is widely rumored to be launching a 7.85-inch version of its popular tablet sometime this fall, with a report on Monday saying the company's suppliers are preparing for a manufacturing ramp up that will see production of four million units per month starting in September.

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Mockup comparing sizes of iPads, Google's Nexus 7 and Amazon's Kindle Fire. | Source: iMore


As there have been few parts leaks tied to the "iPad mini," the final design of the device is largely unknown. Several recent mockups based on past rumors and supposed parts leaks show a unit with a face much like the iPod touch. In addition, the device is said to be extremely thin and lightweight, perhaps thanks to the use of legacy screen technology which affords for a cutback in size of heavy battery elements.
post #2 of 26

Christmas 2012... the year Apple iPads eat everyone else's lunch. 

 

No market from $159 on up will be safe from Apple's dominance. 

"That (the) world is moving so quickly that iOS is already amongst the older mobile operating systems in active development today." — The Verge
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post #3 of 26

The smaller Mini iPad does not suit my requirements.  I need a larger screen.

 

I am holding out for the 15 inch Maxi iPad.

post #4 of 26
Unless those were pre-production parts or fakes, I still think the body of the iPad mini will be plastic and rounded like the 3GS iPhone.  
Either that or there is a third category of device we haven't imagined yet. 
post #5 of 26

*sigh* I certainly hope not. And that's my say on the matter.

post #6 of 26
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*sigh* I certainly hope not. And that's my say on the matter.

4,000,000 a month will not be enough! I expect it to sell as well or even better than the current iPad.

It better too, the only positives in my 401k is the funds carrying Apple stock. Last quarter sucked bad, so much for a vibrant economy.
post #7 of 26

I cant wait. An iP5 (for my pocket), iPad 7" ( for my favorite lunch restaurants) and an ATV for the couch! With iCloud I'm good to go.

 

I was in a Best-Buy yesterday for the first time in years...I thought I stepped back into 1998...all the crappy plasticky electronics in varying shades of blue-gray made me nauseous! Ugh!

 

I will only buy Apple electronics and software! If Apple doesn't make it, e.g., DSLR, I'll do without. Thank you, very much. :) 

 

Can't wait for the large Apple TV.

 

Best

post #8 of 26

Re: christopher126... Can't wait for the large Apple TV.

 

Sorry chris, but I agree with those who doubt that an Apple TV Screen / Panel is on the way.

post #9 of 26
iPad Nano, 4" screen, 8gb, $199, 16gb $299 (previously known as iPod Touch)
iPad Mini, 8" screen (7.85"), 8gb, $299, 16gb $399, no 4g
iPad, 10" screen, 16gb, $499 and up, $120 for 4g (current model and pricing)

Of course, I'm just guessing.
post #10 of 26
To me the evidence points to no iPad Mini. The release date delayed to October? Convenient. If there is no iPad Mini announcement next month, rumours of such a device can live on for at least another month. It's going to look suspiciously like an iPod Touch. Could it be because it will be the new Touch? If it looks like a Touch and will be priced the same as the current Touch (another rumour making the rounds), well, like it's often said, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck . . .

A larger Touch makes plenty of sense. An IPad based around a low-tech 7.85-inch screen, not so much.
post #11 of 26
Originally Posted by Carmissimo View Post
To me the evidence points to no iPad Mini. The release date delayed to October? Convenient. If there is no iPad Mini announcement next month, rumours of such a device can live on for at least another month. It's going to look suspiciously like an iPod Touch. Could it be because it will be the new Touch? If it looks like a Touch and will be priced the same as the current Touch (another rumour making the rounds), well, like it's often said, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck . . .
A larger Touch makes plenty of sense. An IPad based around a low-tech 7.85-inch screen, not so much.

 

I personally kind of hope that the "iPhone 5" that was saw last year was a new iPod touch prototype and that we'll be getting it THIS year alongside the larger iPhone.

 

But as the eternal Apple pessimist, I don't think I have that kind of luck. I figure we'll see a worthless 7" device, is what I figure.

post #12 of 26
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I personally kind of hope that the "iPhone 5" that was saw last year was a new iPod touch prototype and that we'll be getting it THIS year alongside the larger iPhone.

 

But as the eternal Apple pessimist, I don't think I have that kind of luck. I figure we'll see a worthless 7" device, is what I figure.

 

An 'Apple pessimist' who posts obsessively about Apple on multiple boards and is the 1st reply in every thread. Ok then. 

post #13 of 26
Originally Posted by Slurpy View Post
An 'Apple pessimist' who posts obsessively about Apple on multiple boards and is the 1st reply in every thread. Ok then. 

 

It's always best to prepare for the worst. I fail to see how that is incompatible with a love for Apple products and the community therewith.

post #14 of 26

There's been a bit more info from the reseller sources, who now share that the changes started rolling out three months ago but that Apple is just now pushing them out to the "V2" store locations. The reasoning behind the shift to more space for iPads stems from the iPad accounting for 55% of dollar share and 61% of unit share among sales at the resellers but only representing 15% of display space. With the changes, the iPad will account for 45% of showroom space.

 

Hey! Did I just scoop AI???


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post #15 of 26
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Can't wait for the large Apple TV.

 

My money says Apple will "crack" the TV market with the iPad itself... everyone waiting for a large screen will be shocked to find the iPad it the "stealth" Apple TV. No cords, no cables, not tied down to one room, one cable or dish service...also not tied down to a TV Guide schedule.

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post #16 of 26
Three thoughts?

Just how much of a change are we taking about. How much space do these resellers have to have now. 12 units, 6, 2? That amount would tell us if this is just the start of holiday prep or something more

Are we certain it was iPads and not a combo of iPad and iPhone. Could be a combo of holiday prep and pre-release prep,

Also, do we really think that Apple is going to release this iPad mini the same day as the announcement. If they aren't then why have space for it. They never send demo models in advance of a release and aren't likely to now. So why, if the announcement is the 12th would that be the deadline. And keep in mind this new iPad likely has o get FCC signup, especially if it has cell data and that application would be leaked by now if they are aiming for the 12th

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post #17 of 26

I really hope that this is just another fake story just like the assymetrical screw... And that European Apple Stores are really only being told to make room in their displays for the iPhone launch. I don't really think Apple needs to launch an iPad Mini. 

post #18 of 26

Mac Pro and Mac Mini are being removed...

 

I don't like Apple becoming a pure "iDevice" company. I use macbook pro for work and I have also personal macbook air. I don't have any iDevice.

post #19 of 26
Originally Posted by xmiku View Post
Mac Pro and Mac Mini are being removed...

 

Not a chance. For the former because Apple specifically stated so. For the latter because it sells quite well and just got a redesign, among other things.

post #20 of 26
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Not a chance. For the former because Apple specifically stated so. For the latter because it sells quite well and just got a redesign, among other things.

 

The article states they are being removed from the displays... Doesn't that say something about the company's focus?

 

And does Mac mini really sell so well? That is a surprise for me, it is quite expensive and you don't even get the keyboard and mouse for the price. I would rather chose iMac (basic model cost $1200; mac mini of similar hw specs cost $800!), if I needed a desktop computer...

post #21 of 26
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Originally Posted by xmiku View Post

 

The article states they are being removed from the displays... Doesn't that say something about the company's focus?

 

And does Mac mini really sell so well? That is a surprise for me, it is quite expensive and you don't even get the keyboard and mouse for the price. I would rather chose iMac (basic model cost $1200; mac mini of similar hw specs cost $800!), if I needed a desktop computer...

I'm not sure how this holds over time, but i read an article (i believe in AI) that showed data that suggests the consumer market is NOT what is keep the Mac Mini alive but the corporate market.  They daisy chain a million of them for server farms and what-nots.  Like an XServe replacement.

 

Personally, in today's consumer market, an all-in-one computer should not cost $1200 min.  It should cost that as a Maximum.  The iMac is a darn fast but really...the desktop PC is slowly fading away in the consumer world.  They are absolutely necessary in the business world...depending on market type and I think Apple realizes that and has developed those platforms accordingly.

post #22 of 26
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I'm not sure how this holds over time, but i read an article (i believe in AI) that showed data that suggests the consumer market is NOT what is keep the Mac Mini alive but the corporate market.  They daisy chain a million of them for server farms and what-nots.  Like an XServe replacement.

Personally, in today's consumer market, an all-in-one computer should not cost $1200 min.  It should cost that as a Maximum.  The iMac is a darn fast but really...the desktop PC is slowly fading away in the consumer world.  They are absolutely necessary in the business world...depending on market type and I think Apple realizes that and has developed those platforms accordingly.

Not every consumer has removed the desktop from the mix. If you have a capable desktop coupled with a portable device like the IPad, it makes for a good combination. Having the power and storage capacity on the desktop frees up the portable device to be more convenient.

I'm sure that for some consumers the desktop is dead but don't assume that what applies to one consumer applies to all consumers. It's like the argument regarding physical media vs. digital downloads. Just because some have turned away from optical discs does not mean optical discs are doomed. They still sell lots of blu-rays. For one thing, a movie collection isn't very impressive looking, residing on a hard drive.

And as for the argument of all-in-ones vs. separates, if you already have a decent monitor like an Apple display of recent vintage, the Mac Mini makes sense. As well, the monitor is going to outlive the computer attached to it. Makes the ability to replace one before the other a good thing.

It makes sense for Apple to offer some variations rather than just one from factor that suits a single segment of the buying public.
post #23 of 26
Tim specifically said Apple was working on a MacPro update next year. Since it seems likely that a smaller iPad will be coming out this fall I can understand why they would make more display space for it.
post #24 of 26
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Christmas 2012... the year Apple iPads eat everyone else's lunch. 

 

No market from $159 on up will be safe from Apple's dominance. 


damn right! look at this

post #25 of 26
Originally Posted by xmiku View Post
The article states they are being removed from the displays... Doesn't that say something about the company's focus?

 

The article is total crap. I can see the Mac Pro being removed (because they're not making all the right decisions these days), but not the Mac Mini.

post #26 of 26
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I will only buy Apple electronics and software! If Apple doesn't make it, e.g., DSLR, I'll do without. Thank you, very much. :) 

 

 

This HAS to be some kind of parody of an actual Apple obsessive.

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