Asian Sources Say The iPad Mini Will Be Called ‘The iPad Mini’?

Japanese Apple blog Macotakara reports that according to an “Asian source,” the name of the rumored iPad mini will indeed be the iPad mini. All Things D says that its sources report an October launch for the mini.

OSXDaily has compiled a list of likely specs for the new device:

  • 7.85″ display running at 1024 x 768
  • A5X CPU from current iPad 3
  • Front and rear cameras
  • 8GB base storage and up
  • Weight of about half the current iPad 3
  • Appearance to resemble a larger iPod touch with thin side bezels, similar to picture shown at top according to 9to5mac
  • Ships with iOS 6, which is set for a “Fall” release
  • $299 price point

The other morsel in Macotakara’s post was that the October mini release announcement would also include new iPod Touch and iPod Nano models, and that the Nano’s would, for the first time, be WiFi enabled. Macotakara indicates that these, and the mini, are designed to access Apple’s iTunes in the cloud services.


iPad mini will look more like iPhone than iPad: reports

Apple’s rumored iPad mini with a 7.85-inch screen will look more like an iPhone than its larger-sized sibling iPad, according to various reports.

Among them, website 9to5 Mac says that of the “number of tips” it has received from sources over the last few weeks is that the iPad mini “will ‘look like a big iPod touch’ with smaller bezels along the sides in portrait mode and separate volume buttons and not a ‘rocker’ and a mic on the back.”

The iPad has a 9.7-inch display, and it’s 9.5 inches high by 7.31 inches wide. The iPhone 4S has a 3.5-inch screen, and is 4.5 inches high and 2.31 inches wide. It makes sense, on the face of it, that a smaller iPad would be somewhere inbetween the two popular Apple devices. 9to5 Mac also shares “various Pad mini images and mockups we have obtained to date.”

The next-generation iPhone is expected to be announced Sept. 12 by Apple; many think that the mini iPad will also be unveiled that day as well.

John Gruber, whose Daring Fireball blog rarely misses the mark when it comes to all things Apple, writes that he’s not so sure that the mini will be more like a big iPhone.

Apple product designs are true to themselves. Each thing has proportions suited to its own nature. Consider how the iPad doesn’t look like a blown up iPhone. They share a few similar design elements — a family resemblance, if you will — but the proportions are different. The iPad has a thick bezel surrounding all four sides of the display; the iPhone does not. Why? Because you need a place to rest your thumbs while holding an iPad.

Now, I expect the iPad Mini will bear more resemblance to a full-size iPad than it will to an iPhone or iPod Touch. For one thing, it’s closer in size to the iPad-as-we-know it, and for another, all credible reports (along with several of my own little birdies) point to the smaller iPad keeping the 4:3 display aspect ratio.

Still, he writes, “But if you shrink the device enough, and reduce the weight enough, would such a device still need a bezel surrounding the display of the same proportions as the iPad-as-we-know-it? Maybe not.”


Apple is expected to release iPhone 5 in sometime in September

The Apple rumor comes again. This time, the word on the Internet street is that Apple is going to release the iPhone 5 sometime in September.

Previous reports said the new phone would debut sometime in the fall, most likely in September or October.

The date Sept. 21 has been floated in several blogs and news sites, based on a report that surfaced on the French blog App4Phone, but we haven’t seen that anywhere else, so we don’t suggest you count on it.

However, rumors that Apple will release the phone in September, rather than October, may have more legs. On Tuesday, the Guardian reported that mobile phone companies expect the new iPhone to be released in mid-September. And MacRumors notes that KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo — who has a history of being right on these matters — is predicting the phone will come out closer to the beginning of the month.

Apple did not respond to a request by The Times for a confirmation or denial of the rumored iPhone release date, but the company has told other news sources that it does not comment on rumors and speculation.

And in the end, that is definitely what this is — rumors and speculation.

So why are we reporting it? Because rumors can be powerful.

On Tuesday, Apple disappointed investors by missing its profit and revenue expectations, leading to its shares falling 5%.

The company said it sold 26 million iPhones in the quarter that ended in June, down from 35.1 million in the previous quarter. Industry watchers expected a drop, just not one that large.

In a call with analysts Apple CEO Tim Cook waved away the drop, saying the iPhone’s declines were “seasonal” and normal after a large product launch, the Wall Street Journal reports.

But Peter Oppenheimer, the company’s chief financial officer, conceded, “Our weekly iPhone sales continue to be impacted by rumors and speculation regarding new products.”


Sony may offer a slimmer upcoming PS3 this year

More hints emerge for new PS3 since Sony released the first redesign of PlayStation 3, dubbed the PS3 Slim. Now we’re seeing more images that a new, even smaller PS3 might drop before the holidays, presumably ready to disrupt seasonal sales with an even lower price point than ever.

To catch you up on the latest leaks, almost two weeks ago, Sony submitted a round of FCC documents regarding a mysterious new version of the PlayStation 3. Observers found the filing quite confirming, as the model number read above the current PS3 nomenclature (CECH-3000) — the Japanese company dubbed the new one the CECH-4000 series.

The overall design seems to be a hybrid of the original-launch PS3 and the slimmer variant, with the super slim device sporting a long row of ridges at the top. You might also notice that this new PS3 lacks a slot-loading drive, and after careful check of the pictures, it give the ideas discs may load through a sliding door on the top, meaning the left ridge area could double as ventilation. A trio of model numbers also found their way into the filing, listing 16GB, 250GB, and 500GB PS3s. Would Sony play a PS3 with a 16GB (SSD?), or did the document enclose a typo and mean 160GB?


Photos of an iPad Mini engineering sample provide hints at the iPad Mini design

It is all but confirmed that Apple will release an iPad Mini this year.

The photos comes from leaked supply chain reports, a trusted source who also provided iPhone 5 engineering sample photos.

The images, unveiled exclusively to Gotta Be Mobile denote the iPad Mini will be ultra-thin, with a display of about 7.85 inches in diameter – about two-thirds that of the current iPad.

The images show an early design sample – a plastic mold likely to be used to hone the production process and test accessories. This would be the first significant update to the iPad design since Apple introduced it in 2010.

The design hints at twin speakers on either side of the newly-designed dock connector, where current iPads have only one speaker. The speaker placement could show how Apple plans to change the iPad 3rd generation for a rumoured fall refresh. The current iPad speakers are almost rear-facing and easy to cover while holding. the iPad Mini will have speakers to surround the smaller dock connector and flattening the edge.

A screen of 7.85 inches places the iPad Mini in direct competition with the Nexus 7 – Google’s in-house tablet which ships to the UK within the next two weeks. Currently, the Nexus 7 sell at low price of £159 for relatively high-end equipment, it will be interesting to see if Apple sticks with its premium pricing, or for the first time competes on price. As comparison, Google’s Nexus 7 tablet has a width of 120mm which means that the iPad Mini, if our calculations are close, might be around 23.67mm wider than the Nexus 7. The Nexus 7 tablet measures in at 198.5mm high which means that the iPad Mini may be a little taller than Google’s 7-inch tablet.

There are also rumours that point to the iPad Mini as having a IGZO display from Sharp. IGZO stands for indium gallium zinc oxide and it should allow Apple to offer an iPad with a thinner screen featuring better brightness. Sharp’s IGZO displays also apparently can handle 330 ppi which means that the display could very well be a Retina Display as has been previously rumoured.