iPad Mini Event: 5 Things To Expect From Apple’s Special Event

Tomorrow (Oct. 23, 2012)  is the day Apple is planning to hold a special event that will most likely only revolve around the new iPad Mini. There’s been an abundance of rumors about the new mini tablet and it’s supposedly to sport a 7.85-inch screen and give customers up to 24 different configurations to choose from. We’ve been informed that the iPad Mini could start retailing for as little as $249, making it one of the top competitors in the smaller tablet market, alongside the Google Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire HD.

We expect Apple’s special event to mainly revolve around their new unveiling — the iPad Mini — however with occasional tangents here and there. We thought it might be a good idea to look at some of the things Apple will likely do at the Oct. 23 event. 

Apple's Oct. 23 iPad Mini Event

1. The unveiling of Apple’s iPad Mini

There is an extremely strong chance of the iPad Mini being unveiled at Apple’s Oct. 23 event. If all the rumors are correct, the device will sport a 7.85-inch screen and the lightning adapter. Besides four storage options, three connectivity services and two colors, it’ll come in 24 flavors to choose from. — It would be great if Apple were to offer more variety in colors!

2.  A Mac Mini

When was the last time Apple updated their Mac Mini? It has  been quite a while and if the rumors are true, Apple will end up launching a new version of the computer. However, the Mac Mini isn’t the only device in store for an update, as Apple are also looking at updating their Mac Mini servers.

3. The ubiquitous iPad sales statistics

As with every other Apple event, Apple takes pride in showing off their sales and success. It is to be expected that Tim Cook, or one of his colleagues, will take the time to boast about the amount of iPad sales Apple has to this point in time. Apple seem to enjoy a little bit of boasting now and then, however, it is proven to work — it has us running to the stores to purchase their latest product!

4. A starting price of $249

The latest rumors claim that Apple might start the iPad Mini model at $249.  That price would guarantee a customer an 8GB model with Wi-Fi-only connectivity. Too show a comparison, Apple’s current iPad starts at $499. The Wi-Fi only model might not appeal to the majority of customers, however, for the price it’s an excellent buy!

5. 4G LTE support

Apple might go as far as setting a new standard in their newly entered market. There have been rumors regarding 4G LTE support for the iPad Mini. Apple would definitely be one step ahead their competitors if they decided to integrate this into their new device — no doubt. However, small tablets typically only support Wi-Fi so it will be exciting to see what Apple has decided to do.

Apple Unveiling its New iPad!

Today, Apple unveiled their new iPad at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. The new iPad features a 2,048-by-1,536-pixel resolution Retina Display that packs 3.1 million pixels into its 9.7-inch display, along with voice dictation and LTE 4G, coming on March 16 to 10 countries. Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, noted that the screen on the new iPad has more pixels than a 1080p television. Packing 264 pixels per inch, the pixels cannot be distinguished by human eye at a distance of 15 inches. The new iPad also features a remarkable 5 megapixel camera. The third-generation iPad also features voice dictation, which allows users to input text by speaking rather than typing.

“The new iPad redefines the category Apple created less than two years ago, delivering the most amazing experience people have ever had with technology,” Schiller said. “The new iPad now has the highest resolution display ever seen on a mobile device with 3.1 million pixels, delivering razor-sharp text and unbelievable detail in photos and videos.”

Key Features:

  • High-definition Retina Display
  • New A5X chip with quad-core graphics
  • 5-megapixel iSight camera with advanced optics, shoots 1080p video
  • 4G LTE models allow for connections to faster wireless networks
  • Still offers the same 10-hour battery life.

The wireless iPad models now sport 4G connectivity, allowing users to connect to long-term evolution networks from providers such as AT&T and Verizon. The new iPad will be offering download speeds of up to 73Mbps over LTE. Canadian 4G LTE partners are Rogers, Bell and Telus.

Another improvement highlighted by Apple, on Wednesday, was battery life; as the new iPad will support 10 hours of battery life on Wi-Fi and 9 hours on 4G LTE. The new iPad is slightly heavier than its predecessor, the iPad 2, and weighs 1.4 pounds while the body is 9.4mm thin.

The launch will be Apple’s biggest roll-out ever, debuting in the U.S., Canada, U.K., France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. Quick highlights from Wednesday’s event:

  • The new iPad features an A5X processor with quad-core graphics.
  • Compared to the Nvidia Tegra 3, Apple says the A5X is twice as fast with four times the performance.
  • The new iPad also has 44 percent better color saturation on its screen.
  • An improved 5-megapixel camera is on the back of the device. It includes an infrared filter and ISP built in to the A5X chip.
  • It also features auto-focus and auto-exposure, and uses the same optics system found in the iPhone 4S.
  • The new camera can also record video in 1080p.
  • There will be two different versions of the LTE-capable iPad models: one for AT&T and one for Verizon. Both will be able to roam worldwide in 3G.
  • The iPad can also act as a personal hotspot, if supported by a carrier.
  • It will also continue to be available in both black and white models.
  • The iWork applications have also been updated to take advantage of the Retina Display. It will be a free update for those who already own Pages, Keynote or Numbers.
  • GarageBand has also been updated to add Smart Strings and a note editor. iPads can be connected over iPad or Bluetooth to make music together. Content can be shared and pushed to iCloud.
  • iMovie for iOS has also been updated, adding storyboards and new editing capabilities. It’s still $4.99 and a free update for those who already own.

The new iPad Wi-Fi models will be available in black or white on Friday, March 16 for a retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model and $699 (US) for the 64GB model.

The iPad Wi-Fi + 4G for either AT&T or Verizon will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model.

iPad will be sold in the US through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores, and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPad will also be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and the US Virgin Islands on Friday, March 16.

Customers can begin pre-ordering their new iPad today, and the iPad 2 is now offered for $399 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $529 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model.

Sprint Rumoured To Offer Unlimited Data Plans With New iPhone 5

According to reports released by Bloomberg, Sprint has been talking to Apple regarding potential unlimited data plans with the release of Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 is said to launch around October 2011; however the report also noted that Spring want to differentiate itself from its competitors: AT&T and Verizon, both of which do not currently offer unlimited data plans for the iPhone. Sprint is the third-largest carrier by the number of customers, however they are also one of the top 3 carriers that doesn’t carry any iPhone devices. Over the last couple of weeks, sources have claimed that Sprint was negotiating with Apple about beginning to sell the new and upcoming iPhone 5 with the iPhone 4.

Obviously Sprint has confirmed nothing up until now, but we believe that the iPhone 4 data plans will most likely be targeted at customers that are looking at getting a cheap and affordable data package. This is how Sprint wants to differentiate themselves from AT&T and Verizon. With this in mind, it is possible for Sprint to draw away some customers from AT&T and Verizon. Since Sprint also offers unlimited voice and data plans for Android & Blackberry devices, it looks as if Apple’s iPhone will get some love as well.