Apple launches new iPad Mini and 4th Gen iPad

After all the leaks in what possibly is Apple’s worst kept secret, Apple unveiled the all new iPad Mini in the media event it hosted 1am Malaysian Time. The iPad Mini was released to combat the fierce competition from Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle series. The specs seemed lackluster and last gen compared to the new iPad, but it was necessary to meet the $349 starting price of the Mini. Specs include a 7.9 inch 1024×768 display, a dual core A5 processor all in a slim 7.5mm thick frame. It also comes with a 5MP iSight camera, Nd Apple promises a  10 hour battery life, as it does with all its iPads.

In the midst of all the hoohah, Apple managed to shock the entire world, by releasing the 4th generation iPad, 7 months after the 3rd generation. The new “new” iPad keeps most of the 3rd gen specs, save for a new Facetime HD front shooter, and all new A6X cpu that’s twice as fast. Both the iPads come with apples new Lightning connector, a move to standardise its ports.

Keep it locked to Cracktech on availability of the new iPads in Malaysia.

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Apple Store Down Ahead of iPad mini Announcement

Apple Store is Down - 2012

As has become a tradition on the day of an Apple media event, the Apple Store is currently offline as we await the debut of the iPad mini. We may also be seeing new iMacs, Mac minis and the introduction of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, so be prepared for a lot of new items.

In one of the most baffling things about Apple, we will never understand why in 2012 it feels it has to take its online store completely offline during a media event. Is it to build up even more anticipation? Is it truly a technical issue? Who knows. What we do know is, it has happened, and the iPad mini is sure to be there when it comes back up after the event.

[RUMOURS] iPad Mini to Have Minimal Side Bezel, Separate Volume Buttons, LTE

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Rumors say the iPad Mini is coming. Batten down the hatches, board up the windows, and all that hyperbole, because the cheap tablet space is about to go off. Information about the device is still scarce, particularly alongside rumblings of the iPhone 5, but a new tidbit out of 9to5Mac suggests the iPad Mini could arrive with a small bezel along the sides, separate volume buttons, and a mic on the back. Basically, even more than the iPad is right now, a large iPhone.

Apparently, as the thinking goes, a 7-inch tablet with a small bezel is typically held from behind (think of Kindle Fire, Nexus 7, PlayBook) when it’s in portrait mode, and gripped on the sides when in landscape. With this in mind, and assuming all consumers follow this train of thought, no accidental touches will be registered when in portrait mode, unless someone grips it — like gripping a book — from the sides.

9to5Mac goes on to speculate on other factors from previously leaked shells and cases. There will be a front facing camera for video conference, though there might not be a rear camera to keep costs down. In addition, the iPad Mini may come with an LTE option, which would give it a leg up over the Fire and Nexus 7.

Price is still a point of contention, as is when the device will launch. Reports have said we could expect an announcement on September 12, with a launch later that month or in early October. An early launch would give the company time to heighten awareness of the product, and align the iPad Mini to go up against the competition.

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[RUMOUR]The iPhone 5, iPad mini & Next-Gen iPod nano Will Be Unveiled On September 12, 2012

The iPhone 5, iPad mini & Next-Gen iPod nano Will Be Unveiled On September 12, 2012 [Rumor]

September 21, 2012 is looking increasingly likely as the release date for the next-gen iPhone and upcoming iPad mini, as a new report from a trusted site pegs the date.

According to a report from Rene Richie at  iMore, sources tell them that Apple will debut the new iPhone on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, releasing it nine days later on Friday the 21st.

We’ve heard this date repeated independently three times by three different sites now, so it’s starting to look like there’s some fire accompanying the smoke.

Over the last couple of years, Apple has tended to release new iOS devices nine or ten days after they have been announced, so these two dates make internal sense. The only question is whether or not Apple would release a new iPhone before October, which is when they launched the iPhone 4S.

I think there’s a strong argument that they will. The Q3 2012 earnings call made it clear that sales of the iPhone 4S are starting to stall as more and more customers hold off and wait for the iPhone 5. Releasing the iPhone 5 in September instead of October lets Apple put iPhone 5 launch sales on its fiscal Q4 2012 earnings sheet, as well as give people more time to buy the device before Christmas.

As for the iPad mini, iMore says that they’re hearing it will be released at the same event, and will be exactly like the 9.7-inch iPad, except scaled down to 7.85-inches. They also hear that all new iOS devices will get a 19-pin dock connector.

[RUMOURS] Alleged Engineering Sample Photos of iPad Mini and iPhone 5 Leaked

More photographic evidence of the Apple iPad Mini and iPhone 5 streamed in today with the latest from a trusted source of GottaBe Mobile, who obtained a series of exclusive photos from inside the supply chain.

Image source: GottaBe Mobile

According to GottaBe Mobile, the iPad Mini will sport a thinner design that is about two-thirds the size of the third generation iPad. In addition, the tablet appears to have a smaller 19-pin dock connector that the iPhone 5 is alleged to have.

While the current iPad comes with only one speaker, the engineering sample of the iPad Mini is seen with two speakers on either side of the dock connector. Using Photoshop to get a rough gauge of the physical attributes of the iPad Mini, GottaBe Mobile claims that the iPad Mini is about 213.36mm tall and 143.67mm wide.

Image source: GottaBe Mobile

The design of the iPhone 5 will not differ much from that of the iPhone4/4S – it retains the same width but is taller at 120mm. This suggests that Apple is working with a taller, but not wider display. This is in line with what we’ve heard so far about the iPhone 5, that it will be equipped with longer 4-inch display.

On closer inspection, the rear camera on the iPhone 5 seems to be about the same size as that of the iPhone 4S and a microphone can be found between the camera and the flash. There is also separation of lines at the back of the iPhone 5, which could suggest that Apple is coming up with a more advanced antenna design.

The Apple iPad Mini is rumored to be unveiled in October with the price rage of $200-250, while the iPhone 5 is expected to launch this fall.

 

iPad Mini to Ramp Up Production in September, Says Source

Although the iPad Mini has yet to be confirmed by Apple, at least one source is claiming production will ramp up this September at the Foxconn facility in Brazil.

According to a source that spoke with Japanese Mac blog Macotakara, the iPad Mini is indeed real, and Foxconn Brazil will be producing a large amount of the supply for them beginning in September. What isn’t clear is if that is the launch date for the rumored device, the build up of supply prior to launch or augmenting existing production from the Chinese factories.

The source also went on to add that the new tablet will have 3G capabilities and will be extremely thin, coming in at a depth that is no thicker than the current iPod Touch.

The rumor of when production will begin matches up with a report that The Wall Street Journaldiscussed earlier this week, so it is unclear if this is new information, or possibly the same source.  Any way you look at it, however, the number of rumors surrounding the iPad Mini are getting rather difficult to ignore.

 

[via MacRumors, Source Macotakara]

Apple’s WWDC Conference – Get Your Liveblog Dose

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After a long wait and sold out tickets , Apple’s renowned WorldWide Developers Conference is commencing today at 10AM  San Fransisco Time on 11th of June over there. That translates to 1 AM on 12th of June here so you’ll have to stay up to watch the conference live or wake up in the morning and check us out for a detailed run down of the conference.

This year’s WWDC rumour roundup doesn’t have anything solid , aside from the iOS 6 reveal we reported earlier  . Amongst the rumours are an all new lineup of Macs which are way due for an upgrade, updated iCloud features, Apple’s new propietary Maps app, Siri for iPad and – although this a longshot – A new iPhone .

It is unfortunate that we wont be live blogging the event from our site  but we personally cant wait for the conference to kick off in exactly 2 hours and 45 minutes ( 1AM ) and we know you guys cant wait either , so here’s a quick reference to great tech blogs who will be hosting a live blog of the whole event.

Engadget  ( iPhone/iPod/iPad stream available too )

CNET

SlashGear

Our very own Malaysian tech bloggers SoyaCincau will be livetweeting the event . Check them out here 

Nevertheless, this is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated WWDC events in history , and with the Apple Store already down , we can be sure we’ll see new Apple products in a few hours.