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Brian White On Testing An Early Version Of iPad Mini, “It’s Fantastic!”

by on October 22nd, 2012

Topeka Capital’s Brian White appears to have had the luxury to test an early version of Apple’s forthcoming iPad Mini, according to a report by Business Insider. During his recent travels through Asia, he says he got an early look at iPad Mini during one of his trips and he thinks “it’s fantastic”.

The analyst says that during his recent China-Taiwan Tech Tour, he had the opportunity to play with a pilot version of the “iPad Mini” that easily fit into a sport coat pocket. He defines it as a device that is smaller, lighter, more refined & easily tucked into a jacket or purse, notes the source.

“Experiencing a new form factor of an iconic product such as the iPad is a sight to behold and we believe consumer demand will reflect this phenomenon”.

Apple is expected to reveal a cheaper 7.85 inch iPad Mini with thinner bezels, two cameras (front and rear), the new lightening connector, that will come as two options i.e. Wi-Fi only & Wi-Fi + 4G/3G, at tomorrow’s media event in California Theatre at 10:00 am PDT.

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  • How can it be fantastic without retina display?
    Any iPad without a retina display is purely a downgrade, in my opinion, and wouldn’t convince me to ditch my “new iPad”.

  • Mark

    No retina display is still just rumour. Despite people’s guesses, I really don’t think they would cripple a new product by taking away something that they are working toward making as a “standard” Apple feature. Virtually no existing iPhone, iPad user would buy it. Although that’s not necessarily their target with this product, it’s just too big an existing market to ignore. Therefore, I think it will have retina. Time will tell.

  • OgilvyTheAstronomer

    I don’t think this is aimed at existing iPad users. A retina display in this form factor would increase costs and developer workload, for marginal gain given the actual intended market: people who are put off by the iPad’s size or price. Just think of it as a smaller iPad 2.

  • 1024 x 768 will be the resolution – same as the iPad 1 & 2. But remember, the screen will be significantly smaller, pushing the pixels closer together. So while it might not classify as retina, it will be awfully close.

    I see this as being great for students (cheaper, smaller iPad for reading textbooks) and people who enjoy reading on their iPad, but also iPad gamers, with the smaller, lighter form factor. Current iPad owners might take a pass – unless Apple can convince us otherwise.

    This might be a good time to get the iPad 2 and 3 moved to the Lightning adapter as well, though if they didn’t do it with the iPhone 4S and 4, and I don’t see why they would do it with the iPad 2 & 3.

  • Mark

    Ever since the first time I heard the notion that it is “a smaller iPad 2”, I thought “absolutely no way they would do that”. The justifications for such a move don’t seem to be in line with Apple’s way of doing things. The Mac Mini is an exception, but I believe the end use for that was totally justified. I just don’t see it for this type of device though. We’ll see… very soon.

  • Mark

    I was wrong about the lack of a retina display, but it certainly isn’t an iPad 2.