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So Yeah, Apple Will Announce an iPad Mini on October 23

“We’ve got a little more to show you.” Get it? “Little.” So clever, Apple. And yes, that means that we will likely see a new iPad Mini (hope that isn’t the official name) when Tim Cook takes the stage at a special event on October 23. There is a chance that Apple also unveils a retina 13″ Macbook Pro (only thing I actually care about) and some other goods, but the star is the oft-rumored iPad Mini.

As an Android enthusiast, I have to wonder, do you care about this product? I know that many of you own iPads because whether you agree or not, it’s a great product and bigger Android tablets have been awful up until the last 6-8 months. I certainly don’t get the feeling that this product is on as many Apple fans’ radar as the normal iPad or iPhone, though. It sort of feels like Apple has realized that there is a smaller tablet market that Amazon and Google are dominating and wants to see if they can come in and dominate it as well. It just doesn’t seem to be carrying the same buzz or importance. I of course, could be wrong.

Thoughts? Want one? Don’t care at all? Nexus 7, for the win?

  • Pete

    I am certainly very interested in an iPad mini… I would have bought the new iPad when it came out if I could justify the price, but seriously… $500 for a non-essential luxury item? That’s what it would be for me, and I can’t justify that. A $250 iPad mini? I’d totally spring for that…

  • iKing_5

    Hee hee….nothing like an Apple topic to set the comments on fire 🙂

  • Lucky Armpit

    I don’t agree with the comment of larger Android tablets being “terrible” until recently. I’ve an Asus TF101 that’s a little over a year old and has been perfect. It’s not the speediest tablet in the world but for surfing the Internet, reading email, and playing games, it’s been flawless. Asus, as we all know, is one of the best in the business for pushing updates and addressing problems. I’ve got ICS and couldn’t be happier with it.
    That being said, I’d do without a tablet before I buy an iPad. It’s a good product, no doubt, but it’s nothing more than a larger version of the iPod Touch. Meh.

  • Nick Norman

    deja… deja… deja… deja vu!

  • Skip

    I could care less about a smaller screen ipad..

  • WantaDroid

    So now a mini piece of turd?

  • smartguy05

    Nexus 7, ftw

  • kkanemt

    Nexus 7 FTW.

  • thebruce44

    Didn’t Apple at one point (with a smug tone no doubt) say that the 10.1″ size was perfect or something to that effect? I would love to see that again, only to have them change the size to match their competition like they did on the iPhone.

  • Robert Jakiel

    From everything on the web this is going to be a 7.85″ version of the iPad 2. Same SoC, same amount of RAM, same everything just a smaller screen with the Lightning connector. The price point for this is going to be VERY interesting.

  • DanWazz

    Don’t they already have an iPad mini called the iPod touch?

  • It will be interesting to see how they price this since the ipod touch is like $300 bucks already.
    regardless, we’re crazy to think this isn’t going to affect the tablet game in a huge way. If they price this around $300, The Nexus 7’s refresh that’s rumored to be coming up soon is going to have a heavy battle ahead.

  • Posted from my Nexus 7 for the win.

  • timmy13

    I wonder what marketing ploy they will use when describing the revolutionary new smaller tablet that is the brainchild of A**le. We have introduced a brand new tablet to the world that no other company could even dream of designing. We have managed to put all of the power of the larger Ip*d into a smaller size. This ability has only been a dream of other manufacturers until now. Introducing the first and only 7″ tablet in the world. Also why hasn’t any other company started a lawsuit to stop the sale of this smaller Ip*d. This is indeed a patent infringement making a smaller rectangular shaped tablet.

  • calculatorwatch

    I support this move as long as they start calling the 10 inch version the “iPad Maxi”

    • Ionut Costica

      Can I make the obligatory Max iPad reference? 😛

  • Prime7

    I would get one (or even the big iPad) if you can use it without ever having to touch or install iTunes

    • I don’t have itunes installed and I have an iPad. I stream music through Google and Amazon and you can install apps and updates right from the device.

      The real problem with the iPad is no back button and having to exit an app to change the settings.

      Edit: Wanted to add that I did not purchase the iPad it was a gift and with them getting rid of YouTube my wife wanted to sell it and buy a Nexus 7 because that is all she uses it for.

  • nexus 7?
    more like windows 8 tabs

    TFB anyone?

    windows 8 will kill android and ios in the tablet market

  • 21221

    why apple news on a droidlife ? im outta here

  • DainLaguna

    i’m kinda looking forward to it. my wife isnt embedded into android, she is an ios fan (though she is an avid chrome user) but she wants a small tablet to kick back with and thinks the regular ipad is a bit big and pricey. i dont mind the purchase, though i agree it’ll def be more than the nexus7. (if it includeds a rear isight camera, and the ability to connect to a 5ghz wifi band, it should be more expensive.) I’ll get to play infinity blade without having to shell out for an iphone, and my daughter will get to enjoy some great disney and nickelodeon apps that are still exclusive to ios, given their deals with certain content providers.

    will it replace my n7? nah. will i reach for it and use it? sure! but n7 will still be my goto.and i wont buy into the hype that this is the second coming…it is what it is: a slight knee jerk reaction to google entering the tablet market themselves.

    if anything, the ipad mini, or whatever its called, is just a testament to how good the nexus7 is.

  • counsel dew

    Why do most techies like OSX? I run freebsd on my laptop & enjoy all the *BSD & Linux has to offer. Between Linux & *nix, why pay so much for OSX? Just curious…

  • kwubba

    Is that graphic from the intro to the Partridge Family show? Maybe Tim Cook will break out into song singing “Come on get Happy!”

  • Rob

    Meanwhile in Call of Duty, a barrel explodes.

  • Funny post … Hate on Apple but really what does it do … Nothing …

  • the only reason I care is my wife is stuck in the apple universe and refuses to leave. She wants a tablet and this one may be worth the cost, not likely. That and she got my child some cartoons on iTunes so they will only play on apple devices. My only hope is it comes in at no more than $250 to put some price pressure on the android tablets so I can get something I’ll actually want for a better price. I’m not willing to spend more than that on some iPOS anyway.

  • Can’t wait for it. Yeah yeah throw your stones. I love my Android stuff but I’ll be lying if Apple didn’t make a damn good tablet.

  • Larizard

    This means we can expect the Google Nexus invitation in about a week or so.

  • For the current generation, the iPod touch starting price is $299. The iPad starting price is $399. What will the iPad mini sell for? $349? $399? Either way, it’s too damn high.

  • speraider430

    All I can ever think of now. Thank you to America’s finest news source.


  • CaptainHowdy13

    My nexus 7 gets used way more than I thought it would. I tend to pick it up more than my Gnex, plus it fits in my pocket (well on shorts). As a tech enthusiast I’d probably have an iPad mini or regular size if they were cheap enough. But I highly doubt a 7″ iPad would be anywhere near cheap enough for me to consider. N7 hit the sweet spot!

  • paul_cus

    Yeah, good with the Nexus 7.

  • LewisSD

    DL just went down a few notches in my book. Leave the apple news for the apple fan sites. This article is in no way relevant to ANDROID.

    • The iPad Mini would be direct competition to the N7, that alone makes it relevant. If you wish to be ignorant of what the rest of the world is doing then use apple and listen to their advertising, thinnest phone ever well except for those over there ignore them.

  • Superdroid

    No one wants big phones……iPhone 5
    Small tablets are stupid….iPad Mini

    Catch up anyone?

  • Davros

    I seem to recall someone saying the smaller tablets were stupid and would never work. I guess they changed their mind. I bet they will now be revolutionary.

  • Franklin

    oblem with an ipad mini means once again the consumer market gets dumbed down by apple, ipad was not the first tablet to exist, it was just the first to gain popularity, so your general consumer only knows what’s popular, they will think tablets are called ipads, and so on, with the smaller tablets Kindle fire was so successful for many reasons, it works well as a tablet and as an amazon device, then the nexus 7 shows up and works well as a tablet and Google device, and both have amazing price points to offer, apple invades that space with a product costing more than both of those yet still gets all the attention, it will be no different from an ipod touch but bigger, no different than an ipad but smaller, apple customers just love buying the same products over and over again.

    • freddy

      and this affects you how?

      • franklin

        i work for verizon and sell these products, i deal with consumers on a daily basis, and all they know for the most part is what apple has to offer, it gets annoying working in the sales market when new apple products are released.

  • Lte_Addict

    the headjack is gonna be on the bottom *mind blowing

  • Destroythanet

    LOL, stop whining, fanboys. I’m sure the iPad Mini will be a solid product just like the iPad is. For Android fans, just be happy with what you’ve got instead of coming off just as pathetic as Apple’s fanboys. I’m enjoying the hell outta my GS3, that’s for sure.

  • George264

    Thank god someone doesn’t look at me like I’m messed up when I say the iPad is actually good. It is a great tablet, even if it is pretty minimal. It can play some heavy games great, and also has a smooth browser. Although I’m probably not going to get a Mini, I have Android and iOS content, so I don’t mind really. I think Nexus 7 is the way to go. The screen is pretty bad, my second unit has super washed out screen and way too bright to show any colors right. Apple devices generally has great screens, but with the One X, they are losing ground. Their Mini is going to be priced higher than Nexus 7 presumably, and well it’s not Android. Although Apple is definately the top dog imo for 10 inchers, they aren’t going to do it for 7 inchers. Too many people already have Kindle Fires, Nook Tablets, and Nexus 7s, there are very few people going to get it with that market share. Then again I’m pretty sure this is what I say everytime, and I’ll eat my words. My prediction.

  • If the price and power is right, perhaps as a companion device to my GNex, Thrive 10.1 and 3DS…

    I don’t see Android getting The World Ends With You sadly. Like it or not, lots of games go the iOS route, and I refuse to buy the new iPod touch since they didn’t even bother to put an A6 processor in it.

  • Not interested…I have the new iPad and enjoy it. My next “mini” tablet will be googles revamped nexus offering……i’m sure Apple is going to be on the high end of the price spectrum and Google is going to be on the lower end. Hopefully they’ll slightly redesign the nexus(ugh..the bezel).

  • Geoff Atteberry

    If they do call it the IPad mini, would that make the original the IPad Maxi?