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Analyst Believes Apple Launching iPad Mini to Fight Nexus 7

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Will Apple finally make true the rumors that have been circulating for years?

There’ve been rumors of Apple releasing a seven inch tablet for years.

According to Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves, Apple will finally trot out the iPad Mini in October to counter Google’s Nexus 7. He also dropped some numbers for the iPad Mini’s specs—a 7.85 inch screen and 8 GB of internal storage.

How much can you expect to drop on the iPad Mini? $299, if such guesses are right.

The analyst predicts that the iPad Mini will sell 10 million units in 2012 and then 35.2 million units the year following.

Do you buy into Hargreaves’ prediction for an iPad Mini to hit the market? Or is this yet another rumor that ought to be put to rest?

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    chronicbint , July 3, 2012 6:16 PM
    What exactly has this analyst analysed to come to this conclusion. Does someone actually pay these people.
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    house70 , July 3, 2012 6:08 PM
    "Or is this yet another rumor that ought to be put to rest?"

    The entire rumor FACTORY at Tom's needs to be put to rest.
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    house70 , July 3, 2012 6:08 PM
    "Or is this yet another rumor that ought to be put to rest?"

    The entire rumor FACTORY at Tom's needs to be put to rest.
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    chronicbint , July 3, 2012 6:16 PM
    What exactly has this analyst analysed to come to this conclusion. Does someone actually pay these people.
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    johnsonma , July 3, 2012 6:16 PM
    Does it **** in Kyle's mouth too? Awesome.....
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    crysex , July 3, 2012 6:17 PM
    Jesus! What next? ipad Colossus? I have enough of all these non necessities.
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    voodoobunny , July 3, 2012 6:21 PM
    I dunno - a 7-inch tablet with the same 1024x768 resolution as the original iPad might be a smart move. All the apps developed for the original iPad would still work, and it would be a real competitor to Google's little one. Most likely it will have at least 3 capacities though, 8/16/32, in typical Apple fashion.

    I am seriously thinking about getting a Nexus 7 for my 2-year-old, but a iPad Mini would be a much more compelling option.

    Now if Apple could just figure out how to have both HD and non-HD versions of apps in the App Store, so that the HD versions don't completely fill up our non-HD devices, that would be great...
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    santeana , July 3, 2012 6:46 PM
    Great! So now they'll have a 7" iPad, claim they invented the 7" tablet form factor, and sue everyone else that has a 7" tablet and the lawyers will win again! Way to innovate, as usual, Apple!
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    applegetsmelaid , July 3, 2012 6:48 PM
    Fight! Fight! Fight!
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    face-plants , July 3, 2012 6:54 PM
    Why is speculation about possible future Apple devices always automatically "news". The source isn't connected to Apple or any of their suppliers and either is his information as far as I'm concerned. Also, wouldn't a 7.85 inch tablet more accurately be called an 8-inch? Anyway, until it's announced or exists, who cares. If it doesn't have an SD slot then it's no more appealing to me than the N7. And yet even the speculation prices it at $100 over it's closest competition. I'm sure the 8Gb capacity listed would only be one of several size options too.
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    jcurry23 , July 3, 2012 7:02 PM
    Hey voodoobunny, what is your 2 year old going to do with a 7" teething ring
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    xerroz , July 3, 2012 7:24 PM
    10 million? I find that hard to accomplish, even with the current amount of iSheeps who'd flock to buy it.
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    eddieroolz , July 3, 2012 8:05 PM
    This has been said over and over again, but I'll reiterate what I think: Apple is not intending to compete with the number of tablets sold. Or on price. Not at all.

    Apple has the loyalist edge, an edge that is quite something. They can charge $400 for a tablet and people will pay. For instance, Apple is a somewhat distant second in terms of total phones sold - but they rake in 70% of the world's smartphone profits. To them, it isn't about numbers of units sold - its about numbers of profits made.
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    kawininjazx , July 3, 2012 8:10 PM
    Is it an iPad mini or a big iPod touch?
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    queenfan , July 3, 2012 8:47 PM
    Nooo, Apple could give a shat about the Nexus 7. They are fighting the Kindle Fire!
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    twelch82 , July 3, 2012 11:14 PM
    What are people really doing with these tablets? I find tablets to be the least useful computing device invented in the last 10 years, yet many think these can somehow replace desktops or notebooks?

    They're terrible for typing on, and you can't use them in bed without giving yourself neck cramps because it's too heavy and bulky to hold over your head. If it comes with a keyboard, you have to set it up using a stand on a desk, because you can't hold up the tablet and type on the keyboard at the same time. So then you're using an inferior version of a notebook or desktop.

    Sooner or later the newness is going to wear off, and people are going to wake up and realize that these devices are inferior at most everything they do. They're probably the best devices for watching movies on plane trips.
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    _Cubase_ , July 3, 2012 11:17 PM
    I predict that a tech company will release something in the future, and will sell some units. Now that I am officially an analyst, where's my cheque?
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    arlandi , July 4, 2012 2:59 AM
    it's better to launch a new product than stop a competitor from selling their products through court.
    although i'm still not going to buy Apple's iStuff...
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    belardo , July 4, 2012 3:57 AM
    I think Samsung should sue Apple for selling a 7"-like tablet which is copy of 7" tablets they have been selling for years.

    PS: Why didn't Apple sue HP? The Touchpad had the same shape (4:3 screen), size, weight and had a HOME button like the iPad. Hmmm.
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    ojas , July 4, 2012 4:15 AM
    Well, i hope google sues them to hell if they do

    face-plantsIf it doesn't have an SD slot then it's no more appealing to me than the N7

    Mass Effect? :o 
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    merikafyeah , July 4, 2012 4:43 AM
    No, Apple is going to "fight" the Nexus 7 by getting it banned in the US, like all the other Samsung products Apple knows are superior to anything they offer at the same price.
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    kingsix , July 4, 2012 7:31 PM
    voodoobunny.I am seriously thinking about getting a Nexus 7 for my 2-year-old, but a iPad Mini would be a much more compelling option.


    Displayed before you the exact reason why these type of rumors are started. A product threatens to sell well, so let rumor a competing product and let people second thought themselves into not purchasing.

    By the way, buying an imaginary iPad Mini for a 2 Year old? Even buying a Nexus 7 for them is ridiculous, its a 2 year old. Buy them a $20 fisher price fake computer, they will get just as much out of it. Now when your kid gets to be say 4-6, it becomes more reasonable, they can actually learn more than how to grab things at that age. And in that 2 years technology will get better, and your would probably have to buy another one anyway after your child decides to smash the screen of whatever tablet you got them with their sippy cup.
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