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This is probably wrong but there are 7 colors bands on the invitation if you count the one running down the middle.  Signifying the 7" device? (rounding down ;) )

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An iPad mini starting out with a measley 8gb and an old, non-Retina screen all in the name of cost saving? Never would've happened under Steve. This is the beginning of our trip to Scullyville with Tim Cook as the bus driver.

How about you wait until an actual product is announced before you diss it and the CEO etc

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Originally Posted by melgross View Post
What about them? You're not going to read a textbook on a small screen, no matter what the Rez.

 

Oh, so you don't think the iPad mini is appropriate for schools? That's one of the big things its proponents are pushing: its "suitability" for the classroom. 

 

I don't disagree with you at all; I'm just saying.

 

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How about you wait until an actual product is announced before you diss it and the CEO etc
 

Well, certainly the CEO, at least. 😉

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It's always interesting trying to interpret what Apple is saying in these invites. "A little more" could simply mean more iPads, but little ones.
On the other hand, it could mean a new iPad, and a little more, as in a few more products.

It could mean a slimmer iMac and Mac mini. Or iTunes. Or who knows.

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My own feeling is that the target audience isn't the "I want a smaller iPad" but the "I-want-a-bigger-iPod Touch-that isn't-an-iPad".

 

I always turn-up on time for my medical appointments but find that the surgery/clinic/hospital is always running 20-30 minutes late. My iPhone just isn't the best device for reading, and I don't want to be toting the iPad around, so iPad-mini would be ideal for me.

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Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum View Post

OK!   It's game on!

 

Or, at least it could be!  I wonder if Apple has the brassies and the manufacturing capacity to redefine the entire tablet marketplace... for the next 2-3 years...

 

 

Remember the runup to the original iPad announcement... lo, those many years ago before January 27, 2010?

 

 

Return with me now, to those thrilling days of yesteryear....

 

Much of the speculation was comparing the rumored "Apple Tablet" to the Windows offerings and the reworked Mac laptops...

 

 

The consensus was, that for Apple to be competitive in the tablet market -- its offering would need to be priced under $1,100 -- bolder wags were looking for a price of $1,000!

 

 

Steve Jobs...  And the price is $499.     Boom!

 

This.

 

 

(And... one more thing;-)  along with these words too:   "Available.... Today."

 
 

With the announcement of Surface RT pricing, I'm expecting the same on the 23rd.  The low price announcement, as Apple kneecaps the competition with their ability to profit  through supply chain wizardry and component reuse.   It killed the Zune HD, and stuffed the Android Tablet market back 2 years.  Time for another swing of the pricing axe (yes, that legal monopoly, iOS and the apple ecosystem... as long as Apple is non exclusive on Apps and Media arrangements, then Everyone can build their own tablet/pad/phone/mediastore/appstore/OTA sync to compete).

 

 

This would be less about wowing the followers, but striking fear in the heart of competitors.  Entering the Holiday season, effectively driving every other competitor's profit estimation down, while driving a fabric of prices on iOS devices from .99 to 699, and then a MacBook Air pinching the top end of any Surface RT line (why buy a half baked Windows device, when you can get a full Intel laptop that weighs practically nothing more that can emulate windows completely for a couple hundred more?).

post #47 of 226

at least "a little more" doesn't suggest a big screen apple tv :p

for me:
a new mac mini, please!

post #48 of 226
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It could mean a slimmer iMac and Mac mini. Or iTunes. Or who knows.

you read too much into this.

 

iPad Mini (little) and a few 'more' things

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SJ was often overruled on pricing. Read some of the historical data and you will see that he wasn't personally happy with the original price on the Mac. Steve very much wanted to change the world with electronics and you can't do that is stuff is so expensive that it is priced out of people's reach. The problem for any company, especially a startup, is being able to price your product with enough margin to drive growth. It is very much a balancing act.

As to iPads profit margin, I don't think Apple is hurting here. They seemed to have found the optimal price point that makes it very difficult for the competition to get a toe hold. At the same time they are getting significant profits to drive iOS development and new products.

In a nut shell those people that believe that Steve wanted to sell products with artificially high prices really don't know Apples history well. Apple has always focused on profitable selling points which frankly has allowed them to survive while hundreds of other companies have failed.
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That's ridiculous! If what we've been reading is true, and this event is going to be pushing the book reading aspect, to compete with the Kindles and Nooks more directly, a cheaper 8GB version is just what is needed. Same thing with the screen. Get real! Apple can't introduce a retina model at small screen pricing right now. In fact, it could be a problem, as apps designed for the 10" retina screen would have type and elements too small for this screen. This limits that. Next year, they could squeeze it in, once screen prices drop, and developers are ready for it.
SJ himself said, at the introduction that they were pricing the iPad to sell as many as possible, at a lower profit margin. So this is exactly what SJ would have done, and as he has been said to have approved of it, no doubt this is what he thought would work.
post #50 of 226

Maybe Apple should refresh the entire product line once every year at the same time - and have a several day event - iOS devices one day - Consumer Devices the next - and Prosumer/Education the next. It would simplify things tremendously. Maybe add a fourth day focused on Software. heck why not make it a week long and invite industry partners to showcase their wares as well. They could hold it near to Cupertino maybe in San Fran Cisco and I dunno call it AppleWorld (I was going to write MacWorld - but I think that is already taken and since the Mac is now only one component of a larger picture it doesn't quite work). 

 

Maybe the tagline for this event should have been along the lines of We have a little something to show you. But perhaps the "more" is a hint at multiple devices across the product line that are in some way more compact than premium offerings. 

 

Ooh - what if they are releasing a "Surface" device that runs Windows 8 natively... but then that wouldn't be little in most respects I suppose. But man would that be fun - an Apple device that can run MacOS/iOS and Windows 8 - and leave MS wondering why they can't make up for the loss on each tablet with volume of sales. 

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An iPad mini starting out with a measley 8gb and an old, non-Retina screen all in the name of cost saving? Never would've happened under Steve. This is the beginning of our trip to Scullyville with Tim Cook as the bus driver.

The 8gb iPad mini is truly great for those just want to consume and not create or store media in the iPad.

At that size it doesn't need retina display unless you need to look at the fine pubic hairs.

Just the gift for family members who love to surf the net, answers mails and each videos.

 

One thing that gets overlooked in the "entry level"  WiFi 8GB model of the iPad Mini...   Apple is working on a new iTunes... with a release date in October...
 
What if this iTunes acts similar to a home server for iPad content?
 
What if you could quickly download (crossload, actually) and/or stream games, books, music, videos, etc. from the iTunes Home Server.
 
The "entry level" iPad Mini, suddenly becomes an agile and very capable device -- well beyond its SSD storage limitation...  
 
Who, but Apple can offer a solution like that for $199?
 
Edit: Our household of 5 has 2 adults and 3 teenagers -- each has his own iPad.  We group read a chapter or two, 2-3 times a week.   It would be trivial to take an extra few seconds and download "tonight's reading" to each iPad.   Same thing when the kids want to play a game, watch a movie, whatever...  the "storage" for these iPads could be the iTunes "local" cloud.

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Same thing with the screen. Get real! Apple can't introduce a retina model at small screen pricing right now.

 

 

They could.  Someone pointed out that if they don't use the new in-cell touch panels there aren't any supply constraints and it's rather old tech so yields are high and prices lower.  It's been around since the iphone 4.

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 In fact, it could be a problem, as apps designed for the 10" retina screen would have type and elements too small for this screen. This limits that. Next year, they could squeeze it in, once screen prices drop, and developers are ready for it.

 

No, it doesn't.  If UI elements are too small for the retina mini then they would be too small for the non-retina mini as well.  iPad apps are designed against 1024x768 POINTS and not 1024x768 pixels or 2048x1536 pixels.  Type will be smaller but not horribly so...72% of the original size.  Us older folks will prefer the 10" iPads but no one else will have much of an issue.

post #53 of 226

I could be coerced into buying a new Mac mini.

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I would have sent out invitations titled "And one more thing..."

 

 

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When has a little thing like "lack of solid facts" stopped these forums? We'll just make up our own numbers.

Well, sure. I just hate for someone really looking at those numbers, thinking they're real, and making plans based upon them to be disappointed, or frustrated, if the pricing is higher. We can see people coming here looking for real answers, and thinking they are here, when they likely aren't.
post #56 of 226
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Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum View Post

 

One thing that gets overlooked in the "entry level"  WiFi 8GB model of the iPad Mini...   Apple is working on a new iTunes... with a release date in October...
 
What if this iTunes acts similar to a home server for iPad content?
 
What if you could quickly download (crossload, actually) and/or stream games, books, music, videos, etc. from the iTunes Home Server.
 
The "entry level" iPad Mini, suddenly becomes an agile and very capable device -- well beyond its SSD storage limitation...  
 
Who, but Apple can offer a solution like that for $199?

 

Well, for content you can already get a Wi-Drive.

 

For apps, it's a bit of an annoyance but you can pull down apps via the net.

 

Regarding iTunes...I don't want iTunes as a home server.  I want an appliance as a home server.  An aTV/Time Capsule hybrid becoming the home server would be fine to me.

 

Something that I can dump a lot of photos and movies on and manipulate with the 10" iPad using the CPU and GPU of both iPad and server when running iPhoto and iMovie.

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Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum View Post

OK!   It's game on!

 

Or, at least it could be!  I wonder if Apple has the brassies and the manufacturing capacity to redefine the entire tablet marketplace... for the next 2-3 years...

 

 

Remember the runup to the original iPad announcement... lo, those many years ago before January 27, 2010?

 

 

Return with me now, to those thrilling days of yesteryear....

 

Much of the speculation was comparing the rumored "Apple Tablet" to the Windows offerings and the reworked Mac laptops...

 

 

The consensus was, that for Apple to be competitive in the tablet market -- its offering would need to be priced under $1,100 -- bolder wags were looking for a price of $1,000!

 

 

Steve Jobs...  And the price is $499.     Boom!

 

This.

 

 

(And... one more thing;-)  along with these words too:   "Available.... Today."

 
 

With the announcement of Surface RT pricing, I'm expecting the same on the 23rd.  The low price announcement, as Apple kneecaps the competition with their ability to profit  through supply chain wizardry and component reuse.   It killed the Zune HD, and stuffed the Android Tablet market back 2 years.  Time for another swing of the pricing axe (yes, that legal monopoly, iOS and the apple ecosystem... as long as Apple is non exclusive on Apps and Media arrangements, then Everyone can build their own tablet/pad/phone/mediastore/appstore/OTA sync to compete).

 

 

This would be less about wowing the followers, but striking fear in the heart of competitors.  Entering the Holiday season, effectively driving every other competitor's profit estimation down, while driving a fabric of prices on iOS devices from .99 to 699, and then a MacBook Air pinching the top end of any Surface RT line (why buy a half baked Windows device, when you can get a full Intel laptop that weighs practically nothing more that can emulate windows completely for a couple hundred more?).

 

 

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you read too much into this.

 

iPad Mini (little) and a few 'more' things


My guess is a "little" iPad that does a whole lot "More" (than the competition??).

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Oh, so you don't think the iPad mini is appropriate for schools? That's one of the big things its proponents are pushing: its "suitability" for the classroom. 
It really depends upon the classroom doesn't it? However I'm still convinced that a 7" iPad will be a huge hit with business. Effectively it becomes an electronic replacement for a Daytimer

Beyond that everybody ignores the significant market out there for E-Book readers. A very large number of people buy Amazon devices for nothing more that a device to read books on. I actually think Apple will have to work hard to capture this market. A key selling point would likely be the devices flexibility.
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I don't disagree with you at all; I'm just saying.

Well, certainly the CEO, at least. 😉

It will be very interesting to see how all of this plays out over the next few months. Personally I can't imagine Apple being successful with some of the configurations suggested in these forums. I'm seeing Apple pulling out the technology stops to make sure competing devices just look poor next to this device. Mini is where I expect that Sharps new screens are going for example, retina or not I'm expecting a big step forward.
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Oh, so you don't think the iPad mini is appropriate for schools? That's one of the big things its proponents are pushing: its "suitability" for the classroom. 

I don't disagree with you at all; I'm just saying.

Well, certainly the CEO, at least. 😉

Schools have a lot of uses for technology. I worked with the NYC schools since my daughter began kindergarten. I was a technology consultant, and helped write the technology plans over the years. I was in a lot of schools doing evaluations, getting wired, and then wireless networking in place, training the trainers, etc.

These will be very helpful in a school system, particularly in the lower grades from K-3. I'm willing to bet that the companies writing professional iPad software, and there are a lot of them, will be busily adapting software for the smaller tablet. No doubt of that.

But as for "standard" textbooks, well, that's a different story. A well written textbook, electronic or otherwise, has the text and graphics (photo's, or whatever) in the proper spot in relation to the text. With a 10" iPad, that fairly easy to do, esp. with the retina model. But with a small screen, they will have to rethink it entirely. For younger children, regular texts are simpler, and can be reworked more easily, but more conventional textbooks, that are more information dense, will be more difficult. You can't simply allow the text and graphics to flow over the pages.
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It could mean a slimmer iMac and Mac mini. Or iTunes. Or who knows.

Exactly, who knows? Only the Shadow knows, but he's dead, so we can't ask him.
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SJ was often overruled on pricing. Read some of the historical data and you will see that he wasn't personally happy with the original price on the Mac. Steve very much wanted to change the world with electronics and you can't do that is stuff is so expensive that it is priced out of people's reach. The problem for any company, especially a startup, is being able to price your product with enough margin to drive growth. It is very much a balancing act.

As to iPads profit margin, I don't think Apple is hurting here. They seemed to have found the optimal price point that makes it very difficult for the competition to get a toe hold. At the same time they are getting significant profits to drive iOS development and new products.

In a nut shell those people that believe that Steve wanted to sell products with artificially high prices really don't know Apples history well. Apple has always focused on profitable selling points which frankly has allowed them to survive while hundreds of other companies have failed.
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That's ridiculous! If what we've been reading is true, and this event is going to be pushing the book reading aspect, to compete with the Kindles and Nooks more directly, a cheaper 8GB version is just what is needed. Same thing with the screen. Get real! Apple can't introduce a retina model at small screen pricing right now. In fact, it could be a problem, as apps designed for the 10" retina screen would have type and elements too small for this screen. This limits that. Next year, they could squeeze it in, once screen prices drop, and developers are ready for it.
SJ himself said, at the introduction that they were pricing the iPad to sell as many as possible, at a lower profit margin. So this is exactly what SJ would have done, and as he has been said to have approved of it, no doubt this is what he thought would work.

 

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The thought of an iPad Mini for ~$199 blows me away.

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Maybe Apple should refresh the entire product line once every year at the same time - and have a several day event - iOS devices one day - Consumer Devices the next - and Prosumer/Education the next. It would simplify things tremendously. Maybe add a fourth day focused on Software. heck why not make it a week long and invite industry partners to showcase their wares as well. They could hold it near to Cupertino maybe in San Fran Cisco and I dunno call it AppleWorld (I was going to write MacWorld - but I think that is already taken and since the Mac is now only one component of a larger picture it doesn't quite work). 

 

Maybe the tagline for this event should have been along the lines of We have a little something to show you. But perhaps the "more" is a hint at multiple devices across the product line that are in some way more compact than premium offerings. 

 

Ooh - what if they are releasing a "Surface" device that runs Windows 8 natively... but then that wouldn't be little in most respects I suppose. But man would that be fun - an Apple device that can run MacOS/iOS and Windows 8 - and leave MS wondering why they can't make up for the loss on each tablet with volume of sales. 

 

On the first day of AppleMas my true love sent to me,

an iPad and a Surface parody...

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Awesome. Now that invites are out- is the iPad mini a reality- I thought no way, but now with invites finally.....

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They could.  Someone pointed out that if they don't use the new in-cell touch panels there aren't any supply constraints and it's rather old tech so yields are high and prices lower.  It's been around since the iphone 4.
I really don't think the screen is an issue. They could be using a number of different technologies, some bleeding edge.
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No, it doesn't.  If UI elements are too small for the retina mini then they would be too small for the non-retina mini as well.  iPad apps are designed against 1024x768 POINTS and not 1024x768 pixels or 2048x1536 pixels.  Type will be smaller but not horribly so...72% of the original size.  Us older folks will prefer the 10" iPads but no one else will have much of an issue.
Thanks for trying to point this out, but frankly I don't think people grasp this fact. IOS is not pixel based. However type should not be any smaller unless the UI element displaying it has also shrunk.

If anybody out there has actually kept up with the SDK and Apples guidelines they would realize that Apple has been warning developers for years not to assume specific resolutions. Thus apps that have followed the guidelines and used the SDK properly should have little trouble on the iPad Mini. The worst apps will be those with lots of bit maps.
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Originally Posted by wizard69 View Post

SJ was often overruled on pricing. Read some of the historical data and you will see that he wasn't personally happy with the original price on the Mac. Steve very much wanted to change the world with electronics and you can't do that is stuff is so expensive that it is priced out of people's reach. The problem for any company, especially a startup, is being able to price your product with enough margin to drive growth. It is very much a balancing act.
As to iPads profit margin, I don't think Apple is hurting here. They seemed to have found the optimal price point that makes it very difficult for the competition to get a toe hold. At the same time they are getting significant profits to drive iOS development and new products.
In a nut shell those people that believe that Steve wanted to sell products with artificially high prices really don't know Apples history well. Apple has always focused on profitable selling points which frankly has allowed them to survive while hundreds of other companies have failed.

I wonder just how accurate those "histories" are. As CEO, at least since he came back, I can't see him being overruled on anything that wasn't of a required legal nature.

He stated that Apple was making smaller margins on iPads than they were on other products (major products). I'm sure that was his doing. But lower margins doesn't mean LOW margins. And overall, last year, Apple's net was around 24%, not exactly a squeaker.
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I would have sent out invitations titled "And one more thing..."

That would have been too easy.

And they had to stress the fact that they have a LITTLE more to show, hence smaller iPad.

 

That makes me doubt that we'll see anything else.

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When has a little thing like "lack of solid facts" stopped these forums? We'll just make up our own numbers.

Well, sure. I just hate for someone really looking at those numbers, thinking they're real, and making plans based upon them to be disappointed, or frustrated, if the pricing is higher. We can see people coming here looking for real answers, and thinking they are here, when they likely aren't.

 

Yeah... I worked for IBM when they introduced their Selectric® 'Golf Ball" typewriter.  IBM has a quite long and rigorous Pricing Forecasting procedure... sometimes requireing several passes through the process.  The story goes, that after the second pass, they came up with the "optimal" price to sell the most units, generating the largest possible profit...

 

When this price was presented to the IBM CEO (AIR, it was 'young Tom'), he said:  "Double it!".

 

Sales and profits went through the roof and the machine was backordered for months,

 

So much for the science of pricing and forecasting!

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Yes!   The Apple I retailed for $666.   AIR, I paid $1,600 for my 8K RAM Apple ][ in July 1978.   At that time, $1,600 was slightly more than the top-of-the-line DVR.  An IBM 360 Maimframe leased for several thousands of dollars per month.  Those prices would be 3-5 x in today's dollars.

The thought of an iPad Mini for ~$199 blows me away.

It will probably be $299 but the price doesn't really matter much. The fact is even today's iPad is an excellent value. It is literally more powerful than the majority of the computers I've owned over the years. More importantly it is far more usable and transportable.

Somebody made a comparison of an iPad to the original Cray supercomputers. If I remember correctly it is about 2X faster. That says a lot right there. Now admittedly there are much faster PCs available today but very few that can beat iPads other qualities.
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An iPad mini starting out with a measley 8gb and an old, non-Retina screen all in the name of cost saving? Never would've happened under Steve. This is the beginning of our trip to Scullyville with Tim Cook as the bus driver.

If anything- it will be higher priced. Instead of speculating- why not use real numbers. What is cheaper since Tim took over? Nada (unless you include a $100 drop on a 13" air). Yet the iPod touch is the best ever and costs a $100 premium over previous models (with much more memory of course).

Tim has been awesome so far. Stop living in the past and making claims based on nothing.

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250 is a great price point.  If they want to promote the device for iBooks then they may possibly offer an iTunes gift card just to get people rolling...  so 250 plus a $25 iBook card...  Also, why all the colors on the invitation???  would they dare offer this gem in different colors..??  Prolly out of the question, but that invitation has me wondering...  this thing is going to sell like hotcakes... 

 

My guess is colored accessories such as a mini Smart Covers.
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I want to see a new iMac, is all.

 

Silent update on the store on the 23rd...perhaps an offhand remark at the event but probably they don't want to divert the attention away from the "lilttle" things...

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Is anyone else surprised by the lack of secrecy? I am looking forward to an ipad Mini i will admit so my daughter will stopping hogging my new ipad lol. The colors would be fun too like the ipod.

Lack of secrecy? Are you kidding?

We've seen no parts of the mini. None. Just hearsay and words at a time where apple is at its most popular and everyone has a pocket camera in their phone.

If the mini is released, This is the most secure release in the modern age when all I considered!

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2012 27" iMac i7, 2010 27" iMac i7, 2011 Mac Mini i5
iPad Air, iPad Mini Retina, (2) iPhone 5S, iPod Touch 5
Time Capsule 5, (3) AirPort Express 2, (2) Apple TV 3

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One thing that gets overlooked in the "entry level"  WiFi 8GB model of the iPad Mini...   Apple is working on a new iTunes... with a release date in October...
 
What if this iTunes acts similar to a home server for iPad content?
 
What if you could quickly download (crossload, actually) and/or stream games, books, music, videos, etc. from the iTunes Home Server.
 
The "entry level" iPad Mini, suddenly becomes an agile and very capable device -- well beyond its SSD storage limitation...  
 
Who, but Apple can offer a solution like that for $199?

 

Well, for content you can already get a Wi-Drive.

 

For apps, it's a bit of an annoyance but you can pull down apps via the net.

 

Regarding iTunes...I don't want iTunes as a home server.  I want an appliance as a home server.  An aTV/Time Capsule hybrid becoming the home server would be fine to me.

 

Something that I can dump a lot of photos and movies on and manipulate with the 10" iPad using the CPU and GPU of both iPad and server when running iPhoto and iMovie.

 

I agree that the physical device should be an appliance with staging between local storage and cloud backup.

 

But the concept of managing the content from purchase, backup, sync, to distribution among many devices requires some more sophisticated software.

 

For example, it would be nice if we could schedule for a date/time certain -- the availability of book chapters, multiplayer games, photos, etc. on our iDevices -- so they would be ready and primed to go for the activity at hand.

 

BTW, nothing says that iTunes has to run on a Mac...  an ATV/Time Capsule accessed from an iPad screen would fit the bill, nicely.

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I wonder just how accurate those "histories" are. As CEO, at least since he came back, I can't see him being overruled on anything that wasn't of a required legal nature.
Well that was a discussion about the original Mac so it was some time ago. I believe it was on the folklore site but I could be wrong.

As a CEO Jobs would have the last say obviously but even a CEO doesn't always get what he wants. The numbers still have to work in the end.
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He stated that Apple was making smaller margins on iPads than they were on other products (major products). I'm sure that was his doing. But lower margins doesn't mean LOW margins. And overall, last year, Apple's net was around 24%, not exactly a squeaker.

I often state that Steve was a great salesman with one of his great strengths being the ability to twist the facts to make his case. Apple isn't hurting with iPad pricing but they certainly are hurting the competition. I actually think the whole company is actually happy to be in a position where they can actually lead the market while actually making a profit.
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Apple stock is dropping and for a little iPad, a little event at a little theatre in San Jose so the Apple executives don't have to drive far and don't miss much work!
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They could.  Someone pointed out that if they don't use the new in-cell touch panels there aren't any supply constraints and it's rather old tech so yields are high and prices lower.  It's been around since the iphone 4.

No, it doesn't.  If UI elements are too small for the retina mini then they would be too small for the non-retina mini as well.  iPad apps are designed against 1024x768 POINTS and not 1024x768 pixels or 2048x1536 pixels.  Type will be smaller but not horribly so...72% of the original size.  Us older folks will prefer the 10" iPads but no one else will have much of an issue.

Someone pointed out? Not really. If Apple is pricing this at $250, there's no way a retina screen will be included. Sorry, but I don't agree on that pricing. They are having problems as it is.

I've got a lot of retina apps for my iPad that have small type that's simply too small to read if its used on a small screen. The UI would have to be reworked, as retina apps have a lot more information density than do older iPad apps.
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Someone pointed out? Not really. If Apple is pricing this at $250, there's no way a retina screen will be included. Sorry, but I don't agree on that pricing. They are having problems as it is.
It isn't a given that there will be no retina. In fact I suspect Apple is working real hard to deliver just that in the Mini
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I've got a lot of retina apps for my iPad that have small type that's simply too small to read if its used on a small screen.
The size of the type would not change.
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The UI would have to be reworked, as retina apps have a lot more information density than do older iPad apps.

Not really. The screen and text on iOS devices is not drawn in pixels. Unless the app uses a lot of bit maps the textural appearance should look relatively the same.
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I really don't think the screen is an issue. They could be using a number of different technologies, some bleeding edge.
Thanks for trying to point this out, but frankly I don't think people grasp this fact. IOS is not pixel based. However type should not be any smaller unless the UI element displaying it has also shrunk.
If anybody out there has actually kept up with the SDK and Apples guidelines they would realize that Apple has been warning developers for years not to assume specific resolutions. Thus apps that have followed the guidelines and used the SDK properly should have little trouble on the iPad Mini. The worst apps will be those with lots of bit maps.

The problem is still going to be screen density. There is more information in my retina apps than the older versions. So as far as Apple's supposed guidelines go, they haven't taken that into account.

So what happens when type on a full sized screen is brought down to a small screen. Type size requirements go out the window, so to speak. So do complex mathematical equations. I've got a number of those apps. They were hard to read on the 10" iPad 2. Much better now. But no matter how we look at it, it will be much harder on a small screen. Those apps have slightly smaller numbers, and letters than before, but with much higher detail, making them easier to read. That will be much worse on the small, low Rez screen.
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Yes!   The Apple I retailed for $666.   AIR, I paid $1,600 for my 8K RAM Apple ][ in July 1978.   At that time, $1,600 was slightly more than the top-of-the-line DVR.  An IBM 360 Maimframe leased for several thousands of dollars per month.  Those prices would be 3-5 x in today's dollars.

The thought of an iPad Mini for ~$199 blows me away.

It will probably be $299 but the price doesn't really matter much. The fact is even today's iPad is an excellent value. It is literally more powerful than the majority of the computers I've owned over the years. More importantly it is far more usable and transportable.

Somebody made a comparison of an iPad to the original Cray supercomputers. If I remember correctly it is about 2X faster. That says a lot right there. Now admittedly there are much faster PCs available today but very few that can beat iPads other qualities.

 

You are probably right!

 

But, I would like to see Apple set the price so that they own the market (again) for the next 2-3 years.  The original $499 price did just that.  I'am certain that, when setting the price bar in 2010, Apple recognized the fact that they would need to do this again in a few years. 

 

In essence, Apple would be saying to customers and competitors, alike:  "Here is what you should get in a tablet for $199, $249, $299...".

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