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Accessory maker halts production of 'iPad mini' cases due to apparent 'design change'

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A major third-party accessory maker is said to have halted production of its cases for Apple's rumored "iPad mini," after the company apparently learned that its cases were based on the wrong design.

The details were shared on Tuesday by Macotakara, which reported that a "large OEM mobile accessory maker" has stopped their production of cases for Apple's so-called "iPad mini." The decision was made because the design of the device has allegedly changed.

Of course, Apple hasn't even officially announced the iPad mini, so any cases designed to date have been based on rumors and alleged leaks.

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Tuesday's report cited an anonymous source who indicated the "round shape" of the new iPad mini may have changed. However, it added that it was "not clear" how the apparent final product design was different from what the unnamed case maker expected.

It's possible that the cases were tailored for a product design that has circulated on the Internet for weeks. That design has become so well known that some companies in China are selling inexpensive iPad mini mockups.

The mockups are detailed enough that many websites have been using them to compare Apple's rumored iPad mini to existing smaller tablets like Google's Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD. The mockup has shown a device with a metal back and curved sides, much like the full-size iPad, but with a smaller 7.85-inch display.



The existing mockups have also shown a device with a thinner bezel on the sides, which might allow it to be held more easily with one hand. The previous designs showed a device 13.5 centimeters wide and 20 centimeters tall and just 7.68 millimeters thick.

The dummy iPad mini mockups are so readily available that designs have been made for both 3G-capable and Wi-Fi only models. Whatever its final form, Apple is widely expected to hold an event this month to unveil its smaller iPad, with a launch rumored to occur soon after to capitalize on the lucrative holiday shopping season.

Case makers have bet ? and lost ? on rumored Apple product designs before. In 2011, some third-party accessory makers banked on a completely redesigned look for Apple's next iPhone, but that October the iPhone 4S debuted with a design nearly identical to its predecessor, the iPhone 4.
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16:9!?
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Apple has officially lost their ability to control their product launches (already clear from the iPhone 5). Time to tighten up security (again).
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Originally Posted by iSheldon View Post
16:9!?

 

Told you we've seen more than one mockup.

 

Originally Posted by tasslehawf View Post
Apple has officially lost their ability to control their product launches.
 

And that couldn't be further from the truth. Could you buy a 6th-gen iPhone before launch? How about an iPad mini?

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I just love this! It's all so silly. We might know something tomorrow, or we might not. The closest thing to reality in the Apple rumor market is when the WSJ says something about a new device, as they've been the most accurate over the years, with the NY Times following close behind.
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Told you we've seen more than one mockup.

And that couldn't be further from the truth. Could you buy a 6th-gen iPhone before launch? How about an iPad mini?

Oh, for crying out loud, just call it the damn iPhone 5 already, we're past that.
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However, it added that it was "not clear" how the apparent final product design was different from what the unnamed case maker expected.

 

Not clear? It was never clear to begin with. It'd be like NASA building a spacecraft using the blueprints they found on the Internet of the crashed alien saucer from Roswell.

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Originally Posted by melgross View Post
Oh, for crying out loud, just call it the damn iPhone 5 already, we're past that.

 

I'm not past accuracy, that's for sure. Should I start calling the Early 2008 MacBook Pro the 'MacBook Pro' and expect people to know what I'm talking about? 

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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

 

I'm not past accuracy, that's for sure. Should I start calling the Early 2008 MacBook Pro the 'MacBook Pro' and expect people to know what I'm talking about? 

 

I honestly think you're the worst troll on this forum. 

 

90% of the people in the real world don't know what the **** a "6th gen iPhone" is, but they sure as hell know what the iPhone 5 is. So what, exactly, is your point again?

Oh right, product naming "accuracy". Because an iPod Nano is one billionth the size of a regular iPod (thats what nano means) and the Macbook Air is light as Air. But yeah, keep fighting the good fight, or something. Maybe you should go door to door and enlighten people, or maybe Apple will keel under the pressure of yourself and the 6 other people in the world that give a shit, and will rename the product. 

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However, it added that it was "not clear" how the apparent final product design was different from what the unnamed case maker expected.

 

Not clear? It was never clear to begin with. It'd be like NASA building a spacecraft using the blueprints they found on the Internet of the crashed alien saucer from Roswell.

Just like there are no cases for iPhone 5 in the Apple Store (unless they very recently arrived) because no one knew the name for sure. I bought a case at Best Buy which said it fits the New iPhone. Apple would not sell them unless the packages says it fits iPhone 5. @TS I'm sure they wouldn't sell a case that said designed for 6th generation iPhone either.

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I'm not past accuracy, that's for sure. Should I start calling the Early 2008 MacBook Pro the 'MacBook Pro' and expect people to know what I'm talking about? 

 

MacBookPro4,1 is the preferred term. Acceptable alternatives: A1260, A1261.

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Actually, it's about time that a case mfg got their hand caught in the cookie jar, isn't that were most of the leaks come from anyway? Not surprised that Apple plugged that leak.
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Originally Posted by Slurpy View Post
I honestly think you're the worst troll on this forum. 

 

Guess I should be honored that an 'Apple can do no wrong'-er is saying this. lol.gif

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... Could you buy a 6th-gen iPhone before launch? ...

 

 

Hahaha, Tallest Skill, you just made my day. Thank you for a good laugh :) I am sure now, you can't be serious about "6 vs. 5" anymore, and are enjoying jerking people around and their reaction.


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Apple has officially lost their ability to control their product launches (already clear from the iPhone 5). Time to tighten up security (again).

This isn't real yet. Might want to wait until then before you diss Apple. After all there have been 'updated iPad in the Fall' rumors since gen 1. This could be just the same wrong game and Jonny are pissing in their pants laughing while looking at the new computers, displays and STB Apple TV they were able to keep secret.

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I honestly think you're the worst troll on this forum. 

Then why do you bother with him. Trolls seek attention, any attention. So by replying to his 'crap' you are giving him what he wants.

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Originally Posted by itisole View Post
I am sure now that you can't be serious about "6 vs. 5" anymore, and are enjoying jerking people around and their reaction.

 

Oh, I'm not. I'm fully aware that the name they chose is the name they chose, but I know how to count. And my description is no less valid. I can call it iPhone5,1 or M/whateverLLA if enough people want me to change. 


Originally Posted by charlituna View Post
Then why do you bother with him. Trolls seek attention, any attention. So by replying to his 'crap' you are giving him what he wants.

 

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Not clear? It was never clear to begin with. It'd be like NASA building a spacecraft using the blueprints they found on the Internet of the crashed alien saucer from Roswell.

What? They found the blueprints? I had no idea!
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I'm not past accuracy, that's for sure. Should I start calling the Early 2008 MacBook Pro the 'MacBook Pro' and expect people to know what I'm talking about? 

Nobody knows what you're talking about now. The phone is the iPhone 5. Just give up gracefully, and call it by the real name, whether you are happy about it or not. You can seeth privately, but insisting on your nomenclature is just tiring.
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Originally Posted by melgross View Post
Nobody knows what you're talking about now. The phone is the iPhone 5. Just give up gracefully, and call it by the real name, whether you are happy about it or not. You can seeth privately, but insisting on your nomenclature is just tiring.

 

So calling the 6th-gen iPhone the 6th-gen iPhone doesn't fly? What about calling the 3rd-gen iPad 'iPad 3'? That's wrong, too. 


Come on, man. The only thing it can't be called is a designator it isn't. Though were I actually calling it iPhone5,1 or by its model number, that'd be stupid enough to warrant complaints. 

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Originally Posted by Rob Bonner View Post

Actually, it's about time that a case mfg got their hand caught in the cookie jar, isn't that were most of the leaks come from anyway? Not surprised that Apple plugged that leak.

 

It would be wonderful if this whole thing was a series of controlled leaks to suss out leakers. Fire and/or sue them all into oblivion, Apple.

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Guess I should be honored that an 'Apple can do no wrong'-er is saying this. lol.gif

 

I know you mean it sarcastically, but even Apple would not claim they can do no wrong. MobileMe was a disappointment to Apple at launch, even though I liked it. PowerMac G4 Cube. FCPX was panned at launch, but now I hear very positive things about version 10.0.5. But nobody, not even AppleInsider is doing a story about that. iOS 6 Maps was not universally well received at launch--though I still think much of the complaining is bad press and schadenfreude from haters, rather than the result of actual negative experiences using Maps for every day search and navigation. Ping? What can I say about Ping?

 

Sure, Apple can do wrong, but you gotta admit, people hold Apple to incredibly high standards. Shitty or incomplete software releases ARE BUSINESS AS USUAL for, say, Microsoft. What did they used to say about Microsoft? "It's takes 3 releases for Microsoft to get anything right"?  We don't even THINK TWICE about a broken version 1.0 from them, let alone write articles in the NYT about it. My point is, we don't judge Apple with the same standards as the rest, so it's very easy and visible for them to "do wrong."

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What? They found the blueprints? I had no idea!

 

You can buy them at the Little A'le'Inn gift shop near Area 51. It's not guaranteed anything built from those blueprints will fly, let alone travel transdimensionally.

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16:9!?

I hope so- as I would definitely watch some movies on it.  I really like the 16:9 on my iPhone 5.  Picked up my wife's old 4S I gave to her mom, and it just seemed like the smallest home screen ever.  Weird how quickly you get used to the extra real-estate.

 

I want the iPad Mini to look just like the iPhone shape- its be awesome in appearance.  Either way- itll be gorgeous- IF it gets released.  another 24 hours and we'll know.

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So calling the 6th-gen iPhone the 6th-gen iPhone doesn't fly? What about calling the 3rd-gen iPad 'iPad 3'? That's wrong, too. 


Come on, man. The only thing it can't be called is a designator it isn't. Though were I actually calling it iPhone5,1 or by its model number, that'd be stupid enough to warrant complaints. 

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Nobody knows what you're talking about now. The phone is the iPhone 5. Just give up gracefully, and call it by the real name, whether you are happy about it or not. You can seeth privately, but insisting on your nomenclature is just tiring.

Can't we all just get along?
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Originally Posted by iSheldon View Post
Can't we all just get along?

 

He says tomato, I say it's a berry. We're both right.

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There's just a TINY chance that Apple will also be able to figure out payments. Oh wait, they did already… …and you’re already fucked.

 

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There's just a TINY chance that Apple will also be able to figure out payments. Oh wait, they did already… …and you’re already fucked.

 

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Time to tighten up security (again).

 

Past a certain point I think you do more damage than good. Apple is big, has suppliers scattered across the globe and the press (including even the clowns at Gizmodo) are obsessed.

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Observing this exchange has made me wonder:

 

1). In a banning war between moderators who, exactly, wins?

 

2). Would the forum be habitable afterwards, or would the residual radiation be too strong for the rest of us?

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Observing this exchange has made me wonder:

 

1). In a banning war between moderators who, exactly, wins?

 

2). Would the forum be habitable afterwards, or would the residual radiation be too strong for the rest of us?

 

Would that look like the end of the third Matrix movie where the humans and machines arrive at a draw?

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Originally Posted by GTR View Post
Observing this exchange has made me wonder:

 

1). In a banning war between moderators who, exactly, wins?

 

2). Would the forum be habitable afterwards, or would the residual radiation be too strong for the rest of us?

 

The remaining moderators issue radiological hazard suits to users left behind in the carnage, based on the time-honored tradition of 'first come, ignored and handed out to the most important people anyway'.

 

The rest of it plays out like Matrix Revolutions, but with a coherent plot and better acting.

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16:9!?
Maybe thicker sides on the bezel, since they can't even put their thumb comfortably on the mockup in the video without also touching the screen? And that non-finctional mockup presumably weighs less than the real deal filled with a battery, electronics, and made of glass and aluminum.
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Tuesday's report cited an anonymous source who indicated the "round shape" of the new iPad mini may have changed.

I'm not a fan of the roundness of the mockups. They look more like the iPod Touch than the iPad:





The tapered version looks classier IMO. I do like flat sides though as it's easier to hit the buttons and insert the cables. I think the iPad 1 had the nicest appearance but the curved back does waste space. I'd like to see a design somewhere in the middle like the following (top):



It's flat on most of the back but the tapering doesn't go to the front edge, it leaves a sizeable flat side so that buttons can be pressed easily The curvature on the back can be more subtle than the iPad 2/3 so that it doesn't create hard specular highlights but rather have more of a matte appearance. Shiny metal looks cheap.
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Would that look like the end of the third Matrix movie where the humans and machines arrive at a draw?

Spoiler Alert!!!!

 

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So calling the 6th-gen iPhone the 6th-gen iPhone doesn't fly? What about calling the 3rd-gen iPad 'iPad 3'? That's wrong, too. 


Come on, man. The only thing it can't be called is a designator it isn't. Though were I actually calling it iPhone5,1 or by its model number, that'd be stupid enough to warrant complaints. 

The argument is around that issue, as you know. This is the 6th phone, which no one will deny. That doesn't make it a 6th generation phone, no matter what you say.

And the discussion was what Apple would CALL the phone. You insisted that it wouldn't be called the iPhone 5. Most of the rest of us said that it would.

Argument over. You lost, we won.

Anything else you say about it is just sour grapes. You can argue until the cows come home, and you have, they're asleep now. But your arguments only make sense to you, and a handful of others. Therefor, it's difficult to understand why you insist in continuing to bother. You won't change anyone's minds, and it even seems as though Cook himself doesn't agree, goi g by what I heard him say in an interview in AllThingsD.

It's irrelevant now. Unless you're a masocist.
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Originally Posted by Marvin View Post
I think the iPad 1 had the nicest appearance but the curved back does waste space. I'd like to see a design somewhere in the middle like the following (top):

 

Agreed! So much agreed. They should have removed the curvy part for iPads 2 and 3, not the flat sides! They would have fit aesthetically with the iPhone, too. And your compromise mockup looks much like a MacBook Pro and makes me even rethink my "totally flat, dude" opinion for the back.


Originally Posted by melgross View Post
That doesn't make it a 6th generation phone, no matter what you say.

 

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that YOU can edit! First sentence.

Best get to editing. It's the sixth phone they put out, on which we agree. Since they make one phone at a time, that's the sixth generation. Deary me… 

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You can buy them at the Little A'le'Inn gift shop near Area 51. It's not guaranteed anything built from those blueprints will fly, let alone travel transdimensionally.

Bah! I don't trust it. She doesn't look like someone who could tell if they were real or not.
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He says tomato, I say it's a berry. We're both right.

Well, they're both fruit.
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Observing this exchange has made me wonder:

1). In a banning war between moderators who, exactly, wins?

2). Would the forum be habitable afterwards, or would the residual radiation be too strong for the rest of us?

Pistols at 500 miles.
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Agreed! So much agreed. They should have removed the curvy part for iPads 2 and 3, not the flat sides! They would have fit aesthetically with the iPhone, too. And your compromise mockup looks much like a MacBook Pro and makes me even rethink my "totally flat, dude" opinion for the back.

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that YOU can edit! First sentence.


Best get to editing. It's the sixth phone they put out, on which we agree. Since they make one phone at a time, that's the sixth generation. Deary me… 

It doesn't matter what some person wrote in Wikipedia. Since when is that a real definition? It's just as much his opinion as anything else.

You're wrong, but I'm stopping here. Say whatever else you like. We can all just have a modest giggle at it.
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Originally Posted by melgross View Post
You're wrong, but I'm stopping here. Say whatever else you like. We can all just have a modest giggle at it.

 

Why is it that people with no arguments always end by doing this? 

 

YOU'RE NOT WRONG. Neither am I. It's just that simple. You've offered no explanation as to why the 6th released iPhone isn't the 6th generation, and so that's all that is left hanging here.

 

Let's nail that down. Here's the definition of the word.

 

 

Specifically, definition 2. The production of something. Now, I'm sure it can be twisted and said that because production on the iPhone as a concept has happened continuously and simultaneously for multiple models since the iPhone 3G, we're still only on the "2nd generation" of iPhone. But bear with me here, because that's silly.

 

If it's "the production of something", then the iPhone is that something. And how many iPhones have been produced? iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4a, iPhone 4v, iPhone 4p, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5. 

 

Looks like eight, dunnit? Soon to be nine. But not according to the names Apple gave. Which narrows it down a bit: iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5.

 

Six.

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