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Apple rumored to launch with 6M of sub-$300 'iPad mini' this year


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Apple rumored to launch with 6M of sub-$300 'iPad mini' this year

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A new report out of China claims Apple is gearing up to build 6 million units of a new, smaller iPad to launch in the third quarter of 2012.


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I'll be honest I am not sure if that is a great move, because the iPad already is 9.7 inch screen Steve Jobs said the screen size was perfect for "expressing" software and anything smaller wouldn't be creative enough. Now I don't really know but I am sure it would sell, but why not just bump down the iPad 2's price to $299?
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There will be a $99 iPad within two years.

Odd that 'content' was free a few years ago.

Now, the hardware will be free, but content will cost.
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All I'm going to say about this is that anyone who is seriously buying into this may be ripe for a big disappointment.

I could be wrong, of course, but I really don't think this is going to happen. It's got all the hallmarks of a stock-manipulation story, and comes from dubious sources and analysts (okay, I'm repeating myself there).
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The iPad is a pretty big success. I believe Apple would be wrong for not introducing a cheaper model that can still be considered new, as apposed to buying an iPad2 with the 3rd gen is out. Plus, not everyone wants a 10" tablet. I've played around and owned an iPad and other tablets in the 7" size...I definitely liked the 7" for convenience. You think its just a few inches smaller, but it's a HUGE difference when it comes to carrying it around.

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The iPad, or it's spawn, will eventually get smaller - everything seems to eventually. The only question is "when", what it will cost, and what it will be capable of doing relative to popular software and tasks at the time of it's release. As the world economy falls apart and inflation sets in, companies are going to have to create more margin on their sales to people who have less purchasing power per dollar. A 7" iPad could be for Apple what the netbook was to Windows PC companies - a temporary shot in the arm until market trends become more clear.

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