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    I don't know whether this is a good thing or not. Cost cutting sounds just about right. Are they doing this for them or doing it for the consumers who are going to buy it???

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    I remember Jobs talking-down to small tablets. Granted, now they're everywhere.

    If it's cheaper than the WiFi-only 10" iPad, I'd go for it.

    More over, does anyone else feel that Apple is losing the "Jobs magic touch"?
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    I don't quite see the point, if it's smaller, people would tend to carry it around with them a lot, sort of like the Galaxy Note - something to carry around in a handbag maybe. Cost cutting is one thing, but won't it make more sense to have a 3G/LTE option on such a device?

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    Quote Originally Posted by adiredenator View Post
    I don't quite see the point, if it's smaller, people would tend to carry it around with them a lot, sort of like the Galaxy Note - something to carry around in a handbag maybe. Cost cutting is one thing, but won't it make more sense to have a 3G/LTE option on such a device?
    I agree. My first thought when I heard about a "Mini-iPad" was that it would make a nice GPS with a large display for my Mom. Without cellular, I'm not sure it would work as a GPS as smoothly as she might want. She's not the type to attach and configure a bunch of extraneous connections to enable data.
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    Just rumors at this point, so difficult to guess the outcome.

    The company seems to be "pairing" its products. As if we want to carry two (or more) Apple products.

    Do they think a user wants an Iphone 5 (cellular) and and Ipad Mini without cellular?

    That same user has another choice. He might decide to go with a small, regular phone in his pocket (without monthly data charges) and a small cellular tablet with data charges (non-apple if this rumour is true-which is unlikely) for facebook, twitter and email.

    The more I think about it, the more this latter approach actually makes sense. A phone should be a phone and these mini tablets are for data. If the Apple mini doesn't have cellular, it's a step in the wrong direction.

    (again, rumor only....it will have cellular)

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    I don't understand how it would be a step in the wrong direction. If the mini is going up again a kindle. The no cellular would be correction, since the kindle is not tied to a cellular company. That would be one way of getting the cost of the unit down.
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    Been waiting for this for awhile, but I think I might just end up getting a Nexus 7. Maybe after a few updates?
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    I'd rather (although I have an iPad.. so I'm really not at all in the market) skip the cellular and have longer battery life. That's just me though. Smaller form factor, something has to give.. and the 10+ hour battery life on my iPad rocks on international flights
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    For most of us, if we have an ipad, we probably also have an iphone. With that said, why do you need data on the iPad when the iPhone has it, and has the capability to send a data connection to your iPad?
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    Quote Originally Posted by iggibar View Post
    For most of us, if we have an ipad, we probably also have an iphone. With that said, why do you need data on the iPad when the iPhone has it, and has the capability to send a data connection to your iPad?
    Cause you have to pay extra every month for that feature. >_>"
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrimsonRequiem View Post
    Cause you have to pay extra every month for that feature. >_>"
    That was my impression as well.

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    We are the tiny minority who have a grandfathered unlimited data from AT&T, but I can still use my iPhone's data without jailbreaking. Either way, why not have the data on a single device, that allows you to broadcast the data signal to many devices, instead of paying for data on each separate device?

    Quote Originally Posted by CrimsonRequiem View Post
    Cause you have to pay extra every month for that feature. >_>"
    So, you think having a data plan on an ipad is free????? >_>
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris H. View Post

    More over, does anyone else feel that Apple is losing the "Jobs magic touch"?
    Yes.
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