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The iPad Mini Will Not Affect iPad Maxi Sales And Here’s Why.

20121019-103600.jpgCould everyone stop with the hypotheses that the iPad Mini, scheduled for unveiling on October 23rd, will cannibalize iPad Maxi sales? It’s ridiculous and uninformed.

As I have mentioned time and time and time again, the iPad Mini is aimed squarely at a younger market. It will be a consumption tablet, not a creative one. Let’s leave that for the full-sized iPad.

I swear these naysayers do not have children or grandchildren or else they would be marching to a different drummer.

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It’s Finally Confirmed: Apple’s iPad Mini To Be Revealed On October 23rd.

Thanks Heavens! I could not stand the rumours and innuendo much longer!

According to The Loop, Apple is in the process of sending out invitations to media regarding another Apple Product Event.

And lest anyone has any doubts whether or not this will address the long-anticipated iPad Mini, you simply have to read the little teaser in the invitation:

“We’ve got a little more to show you.”

Well, actually, they have more than a little if one is to believe the leaked specs and prices on the iPad Mini models. There will be a little something for everyone, of every age and price range.

However, I am still going with my gut and sticking to my initial thoughts about which sector of the population this iPad Mini will address.

Unlike the full-size iPad, this baby iPad will be a consumption device, especially designed for students of all ages. This is the only way Apple can justify the lower price vs. the higher end iPod Touch line.

And Apple wants to revolutionize the educational sector and this is a major step toward this goal.

Parents don’t want their children surfing the net and getting into all sorts of trouble – they want them to learn and enjoy appropriate media.

Judging by my very young grandchildren ( 6 years and under), the iPad is presently used for movies, educational apps, games and books. Sometimes music is accessed as well, but that’s why Apple made iPods, so it is not a priority for kids when using the iPad.

And the iPad Mini will be just the perfect size and weight for those little arms, hands and fingers to lug around.

I cannot wait to get my hands on this device for my grandchildren so I can reclaim my iPad when they come to visit. Finally, a Tech Toy worth buying. Gotta love Apple!

So, do you agree or disagree? Excited or no? How many are you buying and for whom? Share all in the comments section.

Theory: iPad Mini Could Be Priced At $199 And Here’s Why

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I was beating my head all weekend trying to figure out how Apple could sell its much anticipated new iPad Mini for a competitive price without compromising the higher end price of the new iPod Touch line.

Well. as in all things, the solution is simple. Ridiculously simple actually.

Here is my theory: the iPad Mini will indeed be a consumption device but more than that it will be purely an Apple consumption device.

Similar to the strong ties Amazon has achieved between their Kindle line and Amazon products, the iPad Mini will be used to purchase Movies, Music, newly-defined Apps and Games only through ITunes.

Additionally, books will be available via only via iBooks and Podcasts via the Podcast App.

And there you have it in a nutshell. Yes, you will see the popular apps like Facebook and Twitter; after all, they have established a strong partnership with Apple.

But, at the end of the day, this iPad Mini will be an aggressive move to push all of Apple’s products, like iBooks, to the forefront.

The iPad Mini, at a lower cost than its full-sized parent, will be the vehicle to drive sales of media, music, books and apps through the roof.

What do you think? Does this theory sit well with you? Please share your comments.

Oh iPad Mini – Where Art Thou?


So should we believe this latest source re the iPad Mini? Can it be? Will it be?

Well, AllThingsD is a very credible and reliable source for information, so maybe this Phantom iPad Mini is for real?

Just as I was warming to the idea of a Kindle Fire HD, this news leaked today. It’s like Apple can read my mind – or pretty much everybody’s!

According to AllThingsD.Com and 9to5Mac.Com, the iPad Mini is scheduled to be unveiled at a special event on October 23rd. Interesting. It’s a Tuesday, not a Wednesday, which is breaking with tradition.

However, this event will happen a day before Samsung’s Next Big Thing event to be held in New York City and three days prior to the release of Microsoft’s Surface.

Man – that’s a lot of tablet power right there. Kind of has my head swimming before I’ve had a chance to take the dive and see what treasures lie ahead at the bottom of this sea of tablets.

I am assuming all of the production woes are true and, in fact, contributed to the delay of the release of this new Apple iPad Mini.

And yet, still no word from Apple. But, the media are all over this new story

IMore.Com is the latest to add their opinion. It all looks and sounds legit – these tech sites are extremely reliable. But, we have been down this road before.

As I mentioned over at iMore.Com in their Comments Section:

It ( this Apple Event) will only be exciting if the price is right. They have to get this right or it’s over! They can’t give it away but the price has to be competitive and this iPad Mini has to offer something special to intrigue buyers to jump ship from the other tablet markets.

So, I guess we sit and wait for 11 more days. This story is getting old fast. I really have to find something new to blog about.

So, do you think this event is coming to fruition? Or will we just be twiddling our thumbs in a couple of weeks?

The iPad Mini – Is It Fact Or Fiction?


So, how about that iPad Mini everyone? Will we actually see this gizmo or is it truly a figment of our imagination?

Since the beginning of time – or so it seemed – the tech community went on some sort of PR binge purporting the existence of the iPad Mini. It was a “done deal” they all said. Has to happen, will happen, must happen, better happen – the rumours would not stop. Sort of like a train out of control.

And then the iPhone 5 event came and went with not a mention, not a hint that there would be another event devoted to the release of the iPad Mini.

Now, if they had not have hyped their recently released new iPod line at their September iPhone 5th event, I would have assumed that they were keeping the iPad Mini news under wraps until October.

I mean, if they devoted time to speak about their new iPod Touch and Nano line, even though they were not to be released until October, did it make sense that they would not have mentioned the iPad Mini?

And don’t even get me started on the prices. The new iPod Touch prices have pretty much locked out any room for an iPad Mini.

Yes, I am afraid that all the “Unofficial Reports” are now amounting to delusional hearsay and speculation.

It’s in production alright – it’s in production in everyone’s head.

Way back when on this little old blog, I predicted that such a product did not exist, except in the minds of the consumers who wanted it to exist. Apple already had their perfectly proportioned, best-selling iPad – why would they break their back trying to develop a smaller one? For what reason?

With the release of the larger iPhone and iPod Touch, Apple basically made a statement: this is what we do, these are the sizes we believe in and we are rocking the sales market.

It is now October 10th, the supposed release date of invitations to the iPad Mini event and – still – not a mention, not a hint, not a gasp that Apple is ready to officially launch the iPad Mini this month – if ever.

Personally, I was welcoming the iPad Mini – not for myself but for my grandchildren. It is the perfect size for kids.

Although most kids still like the convenience and portability of the iPod Touch, many would drool over a mini iPad. It is light, compact and ideal for movie viewing, gaming and browsing. And their smaller fingers and precise eyesight would navigate the apps with seamless dexterity.

This is a bad call, I feel, on Apple’s part. And I can’t believe I just wrote that. Boy, that leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

Say it isn’t so, Apple. If not, there will be many Kindles under my Christmas trees this year.

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