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Monday
Nov052012

Apple Sells Three Million iPads in Three Days

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Apple announced Monday morning that it sold three million iPad Minis and fourth-generation iPads since it went on sale Friday.

While Apple didn’t break down sales between the two, analysts at Piper Jaffray predicted that Apple would only sell 1.5 million Minis in the first few days.

Apple sold three million of the new iPads in the first weekend of its launch in March.  But with that version, it had WiFi and 3G-4G units on shelves at launch.  With the Mini, only the WiFi version launched this week; the 3G-4G versions will launch later this month.

In addition to the Mini, Apple also released a slightly updated version of its larger iPad.  The fourth-generation iPad has a new processor and dock connector.  With the sales of both products combined, Apple is calling this a launch weekend record for the iPad.

The iPad Mini joined a few other popular smaller tablets on the market, including the $199 Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD.  Asus, the maker of the Nexus 7, has reported it sells close to one million units a month.

The new iPad, which starts at $329, has a smaller 7.9-inch screen than the regular 9.7-inch iPad.  While the Mini has a lower-resolution screen, it still has all the same capabilities as the other iPad since it runs iOS 6, the latest version of Apple’s operating system for the iPhone and iPad.

Despite the recent superstorm, the Mini was sold out at various stores in New York City this weekend.  Apple has begun to allow customers to reserve the tablet online and pick it up in-store the next day.

“We set a new launch weekend record and practically sold out of iPad minis,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement.  “We’re working hard to build more quickly to meet the incredible demand.”

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Friday
Nov022012

iPad Mini Goes On Sale Friday

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It might not be a launch on scale with the iPhone 5 or the new iPad, but that might just be appropriate for Apple's iPad Mini.

The tablet, which was announced at a press event last week, goes on sale Friday starting at 8:00 a.m ET.  It starts at $329 and has a smaller 7.9-inch display (the regular iPad has a 9.7-inch screen).  It runs the same iOS 6 software and has the full capabilities of the iPad.

On Friday, only the WiFi version goes on sale; the 3G / 4G versions don't go on sale for a few weeks.

A new version of the regular iPad with Retina Display, which was first released in March, goes on sale Friday, too.  The $499 tablet has a faster processor and now has the new Lightning dock connector.

But while most Apple launches kick off with massive lines, fewer people seem to be lining up for the new tablet.  The Wall Street Journal reports that lines were shorter than the iPhone launch in New Zealand.

Obviously, the lines in New York were shorter in the wake of superstorm Sandy.  At Apple's iconic Cube store on 5th Avenue, only one person stood in line late Thursday night.  Apple's stores in Soho and on 14th Street will be closed due to power outages in the city.

However, according to Twitter, there were substantial lines of enthusiastic fans in China.  There were also lines building in Ohio and Irvine, Calif., overnight.

Despite the reports of shorter lines, Apple sold out of the initial stock of smaller iPads online, which went on sale last Friday.  Currently, the white and black versions aren't shipping in the U.S. for two weeks.

Analysts also say the lack of the lines might not mean much.

"Lines are just one metric of excitement, and I believe the closer we get to the holiday season, sales will pick up," Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, said.  "The iPad Mini isn't nearly as differentiated as the iPhone or the iPad 4."

Analysts at Piper Jaffray expect Apple to sell one million to 1.5 million iPad Minis in the first weekend, rather than the three million iPads it sold in March in the first weekend.  And that's not only because of the other iPad option, but also the competition.

Moorhead did stress that the competition has steepened in this category for Apple as there are strong, smaller, $199 tablet options like the Kindle Fire HD and the Nexus 7.

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Friday
Oct262012

Apple CEO Tim Cook: Microsoft’s Surface Tablet ‘Confusing’ and ‘Compromised’

Joanna Stern/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The Apple vs. Microsoft post-PC war is just getting started. Microsoft has argued why its new software and Surface tablet are better than the iPad, but Apple’s not staying quiet.

“I haven’t played with a Surface yet, but what we are reading about it is that it is a compromised and confusing product,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said on the company’s earnings call late Thursday afternoon, which took place just hours after Microsoft’s Windows 8 launch event. “One of the toughest things you do is make hard tradeoffs and decide what a product should be, and we’ve done that with the iPad.”

Cook didn’t stop there.

“You could design a car that flies and floats, but I don’t think it would do all those things very well,” he said. “I think when people look at the iPad versus competitive offerings, they will continue to want an iPad.”

Apple and Microsoft are taking different routes when it comes to tablet software. While Apple offers its iOS mobile software on its family of iPads, Microsoft has decided to revamp Windows by bringing in elements from its smartphone operating system. Previously, Cook had compared what Microsoft was doing to combining a refrigerator and a microwave.

Microsoft, on the other hand, claims Windows 8 doesn’t have any of the compromises that the iPad has.

“We have a different perspective, a different reason why we would want to make a tablet computer and that is really rooted in PCs being a general-purpose device that works within a broad ecosystem, that connects to a lot of peripherals, and represents an open platform,” Steve Sinofsky, head of the Windows division, told ABC News in an interview.

Apple announced the iPad Mini earlier this week.

On the Apple earnings call, Cook defended the $329 starting price, which is higher than the $199 Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7.

“We try to create a product that people will love for months and years after they’ve purchased it. That’s what iPad Mini is designed to do,” Cook said.

Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer also noted the premium parts in the tablet, including the aluminum build, the faster processor and the iSight camera.

Apple announced that it sold 14 million iPads in the fourth quarter.

Find a full recap of the earnings HERE.

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Tuesday
Oct232012

Apple to Announce iPad Mini at Event?

AppleUPDATE: Apple unveiled a smaller iPad on Tuesday, what it calls the iPad mini, meant to compete with other small tablets currently on the market. It's as thin as a pencil, fits right in your hand and has its smallest price point ever, says Apple marketing executive Phil Schiller. The comapny says it will begin taking pre-orders for the new iPad Mini starting this Friday.

(SAN JOSE, Calif.) -- Apple plans to show us a “little more” on Tuesday.

Will it be an iPad Mini?  A smaller, 13-inch version of the MacBook Pro with retina display?  The regular iPad with the new lighting dock connector?  

All those are rumored, but come Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. PT, we will know just what Apple has in store when the company makes its latest announcement at the California Theater in San Jose.

The iPad Mini is rumored to have a 7.85-inch screen, 3G and 4G cellular connectivity, and run iOS 6, the operating system Apple released last month for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.  Apple is also expected to announce some Mac products, including a higher resolution 13-inch MacBook Pro.

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Friday
Oct122012

Apple’s iPad Mini Could Now Be Announced Oct. 23

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- While Fortune had predicted that Apple would hold an event on Oct. 17 to announce its new iPad Mini, with invites going out to reporters Oct. 10, there’s now a new rumored date: Oct 23. AllThingsD, a technology website with a very good track record when it comes to reporting on Apple, says the company will reveal the smaller iPad, or iPad Mini, to the media at an invitation-only event in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Oct. 23 certainly makes more sense for a number of reasons. First, Apple hasn’t yet sent out official invites, making it too soon for an Oct. 17 date. Second, Microsoft is launching Windows 8 and its own Surface tablet later in the week on Oct. 26. Additionally, Apple’s earnings release is on Oct. 25, and the company would likely prefer to announce the new tablet before that date.

Rumors have been swirling about the smaller iPad for months now. It has been said that it will have a 7.85-inch screen, the same Lightning Dock Connector as the new iPhone 5, and 3G/4G cellular connectivity. Some images of the tablet have been leaked, and The Wall Street Journal reported a few weeks ago that mass production of the smaller tablet had begun.

Last month Amazon released its new Kindle Fire HD, which starts at $199. Similarly, Google and Asus launched the Nexus 7 in June for $199. Barnes & Noble released the Nook HD two weeks ago, which -- you guessed it -- starts at $199. There have been no reports on the pricing of the iPad Mini.

Apple has declined to comment to ABC News on any of the iPad Mini rumors that have circulated over the past few months, but if the latest rumor is true, it looks as if we’ll have much more than a comment from Apple.

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Monday
Oct082012

Report: Apple Orders Ten Million 'iPad Minis'

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – Apple has ordered ten million units of a smaller-version iPad, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. That’s nearly twice the amount of Kindle Fire units tablet competitor Amazon ordered for the fourth quarter.

Apple has not yet confirmed reports of what is being dubbed by industry insiders as the “iPad Mini,” but the Journal reported last month that the Cupertino, Calif., company gave Asian component manufacturers the go-ahead to start making 7.85-inch tablets.

Reports say Apple's latest creation could be announced within days and hit store shelves later this month.

The “iPad Mini” may also have a smaller price tag. Comparably sized tablets made by Google and Amazon generally sell for around $200, while the New iPad is listed on Apple’s website at around $500.

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Monday
Aug062012

Steve Jobs Was Receptive to a 7-Inch iPad, Email Shows

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- While rumors have swirled about a smaller iPad -- or iPad Mini -- over the last couple of months, one thing has given many some pause: Steve Jobs always seemed to hate the idea of a smaller tablet.  On an Apple earnings call, Jobs said a 7-inch tablet would be “dead on arrival.”

But thanks to Apple and Samsung’s heated intellectual property trial, we’re learning that the former Apple CEO might have changed his tune.

“I believe there will be a 7-inch market and we should do one,” Eddy Cue, Apple senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, wrote in an email to Apple CEO Tim Cook and other senior Apple executives on Jan. 24, 2011.

“I expressed this to Steve several times since Thanksgiving and he seemed very receptive the last time. I found email, books, Facebook, and video very compelling on a 7-inch.  Web browsing is definitely the weakest point, but still usable,” Cue said in the same email.

The email was submitted as evidence in Samsung’s cross-examination on Friday, said technology website AllThingsD.

Rumors of a 7-inch iPad have gained in traction over the last couple of months.  Bloomberg reported last month that Apple would release the smaller tablet before October.  iMore, an Apple-focused news site, has said it will have a 7.85-inch screen and also believes it will be introduced at an event on Sept. 12.

Recently, Google released a 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet for $200.  It is rumored that the smaller iPad would be around that price.  Apple has declined to comment on the iPad Mini rumors over the last couple of months.

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Monday
Jul302012

iPhone 5, iPad Mini to Be Released in September?

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With a new week comes a new set of next-generation iPhone rumors. A Japanese site, iLab, has now posted a series of photos of what it suspects is the next iPhone. The site said it got hold of a number of leaked iPhone parts and assembled them.

The photos, which can be seen here, look very similar to the leaked photo 9to5Mac printed a few months ago. The design includes a slightly larger display than the one on the iPhone 4S, a two-toned black and silver body, and a smaller dock connector on the bottom. The headphone jack has also been moved to the bottom. The photos are of a black model, but given 9to5Mac’s earlier photo, Apple is likely also to release a white version.

Previous rumors suggest the new iPhone will have a thinner display and a faster processor and graphics.

On the heels of the photos comes the first substantial suggestion of a release date. iMore, a technology site that has had a decent track record on these sorts of things, reports that Apple is planning to hold an event on Sept. 12 to announce both the new iPhone and the iPad Mini. According to the site’s sources the phone will start shipping on Sept. 21, though they aren’t as sure about the mini-iPad’s release date.

Apple plans to release the next version of its iOS 6 for the iPad and iPhone in the fall. The new operating system will include Apple’s own maps app, Facebook integration, and a new Passbook app, which collects all passes, tickets, and coupons in one central app.

When reached by ABC News, Apple declined to comment on the iPhone and iPad Mini rumors.

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Wednesday
Jul042012

iPad Mini Arriving Before End of Year, Says Bloomberg

Apple(NEW YORK) -- While the original iPad might have been the longest rumored Apple product before its official announcement in 2010, the 7-inch iPad might soon claim that honor.

Reports of the so-called iPad Mini have surfaced again, with Bloomberg reporting that Apple may release the smaller size tablet by October.

According to Bloomberg’s sources, the smaller iPad will have a screen that’s “7 inches to 8 inches diagonally” but won’t have a Retina Display, like the one on the new iPad. It will also be less expensive than the current iPad, according to Bloomberg.

Recently, technology sites such as iMore have said that the smaller iPad would have a 7.85-inch display, which rumors  pointed to a few months ago.

Apple’s Trudy Muller declined to comment on the iPad Mini rumors.

Rumors of the 7-inch iPad have persisted over the past few years, despite Steve Jobs’ opinions on smaller tablets. During one earnings call he even went so far as to say that a 7-inch tablet would be “dead on arrival.” On that same call Jobs said, “While one could increase the resolution of the display to make up for some of the difference, it is meaningless unless your tablet also includes sandpaper so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one quarter of their present size.”

The 7-inch tablet size, however, has since been popularized by Android tablet makers, such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. And just last week, Google released the 7-inch, $200 Nexus 7 tablet as Shaw Wu, an analyst at Sterne Agee & Leach Inc., told Bloomberg: “It [the iPad Mini] would be the competitors’ worst nightmare.”

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Tuesday
Apr172012

Reports: iPad Mini Coming this Year

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Apple launched its new iPad just six weeks ago, but that doesn’t mean the world isn’t itching for the next Apple tablet. Rumors of a 7-inch iPad (current versions have a 9.7-inch screen) have popped up again.

This time the speculation comes from a Chinese site Netease, which says that there will be six million units ready for launch in the third quarter of this year. It also says the tablet could sell for $249 to $299 — just about half the price of the current iPad.

Netease says that Apple is prepping the device to compete against Microsoft’s Windows 8, the company's newest operating system, which is expected to hit the market around the holiday season.

Before his death, Steve Jobs had been quite outspoken about smaller tablet. During one earnings call he said that a 7-inch tablet would be “dead on arrival.” On that same call he said, “While one could increase the resolution of the display to make up for some of the difference, it is meaningless unless your tablet also includes sandpaper so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one quarter of their present size.”

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