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Apple iPad Mini Could Complicate Things For Windows 8 Tablets 200

Nerval's Lobster writes "Current rumor suggests that Apple is gearing up to unveil its iPad Mini Oct. 17, with invitations to media arriving Oct. 10. That's according to Fortune, which obtained the information from an unnamed Apple investor who, in turn, heard those dates from other unnamed sources. While that attribution might prove a bit too vaporous for some people, it does align with earlier reports from AllThingsD that Apple is planning to reveal a smaller iPad sometime in October. If those rumors prove accurate, the unveiling of an iPad Mini in that timeframe could prove very bad news for the upcoming Windows 8 tablets. (Gizmodo offers a pretty complete rumor rundown on the iPad Mini's possible features here.) Unlike the traditional PC market, Microsoft doesn't dominate the market for mobile-device operating systems. Windows 7 tablets never gained much of a toehold among tablet users, who prefer iPads and Android-based devices by wide margins. When it comes to Windows 8 (and Windows RT, the version of next-generation Windows for ARM architecture), Microsoft is starting out as the underdog."
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Apple iPad Mini Could Complicate Things For Windows 8 Tablets

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  • by cervesaebraciator ( 2352888 ) on Tuesday October 02, 2012 @04:41PM (#41530529)
    Oh, wait... []
  • by busyqth ( 2566075 ) on Tuesday October 02, 2012 @04:48PM (#41530645)
    Where's my ~14" A4/Letter sized tablet? Give me a full sized page of text please.
  • Plant (Score:4, Interesting)

    by MogNuts ( 97512 ) on Tuesday October 02, 2012 @04:54PM (#41530733)

    Always nice to know that Apple plant's stories (or exposes the media bias). I love how everytime some big iPad killer is announced, *someone* posts a story about the iPad mini. Remember the Nexus 7 launch? One week later there was a iPad mini that proved to be vaporware. At least this time it's BEFORE the launch of Win 8, so we'll see it was just a plant story of vaporware.

  • Re:so? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Oliver Wendell Jones ( 158103 ) on Tuesday October 02, 2012 @05:26PM (#41531193)
    I'm just waiting for Apple to claim that they invented the concept of a ~7" tablet and that all of the ones that have been on the market for years are actually copying their design...
  • Re:Meh (Score:4, Interesting)

    by NatasRevol ( 731260 ) on Tuesday October 02, 2012 @06:18PM (#41531737) Journal

    Win 8 tablet: apps to use, plus a *real* OS when I need it. Tired of using bullshit dataviz office on the go? Fire up MS Office 2010. Don't want to play bullshit touch games? Fire up Dead Space, Mass Effect, etc. (limited to what a intel HD 4000 that can play)

    Yeah, that sold well last time around. When they called them WinXP tablets.

  • Re:so? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by hairyfeet ( 841228 ) <bassbeast1968 AT gmail DOT com> on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @02:07AM (#41534933) Journal

    But that brings up an interesting question...would ANY pad have sold if Apple didn't have their legion of fans hyping pads? I mean there were tablets before that but they were called what they were "large cell phones that can't make calls" yet when Apple puts out a large cell phone that can't make calls their fans go totally apeshit, I mean lines like its a fucking rock concert apeshit.

    So the question becomes 'Would ANY tablet, no matter how well designed, have had a chance if it wasn't for the rabid Apple fan base hyping the form?" and I honestly don't think they would. Remember that this is a fanbase that refused to abandon Apple even when what they were putting out was SHHHHHIIITTTT, we are talking overpriced underpowered pizza boxes, yet they stayed. When the first Jobs blessed good products came out, like the candy colored iMacs they went completely apeshit and hyped the living hell out of them. I remember mac head reviewers talking about these things like they were the second coming! And then came the iPod, which I'll be the first to admit previous MP3 players were too damned menu happy but c'mon, the way the fans, especially the fanboys in the press wrote up the thing you'd think it was the greatest invention since the lightbulb!

    And now all are gonna get to see this before their very eyes, as Apple puts out a form factor that Jobs himself said was stupid... I predict it will be a massive hit, because the fanbase will tirelessly blog and review and post and blather on TV about how wonderful a form factor that even Jobs thought was stupid so it'll sell. I mean you had Stewart and Colbert practically dancing with their new iPads, that kind of fanboy loving you just can't buy. While many of the rest of us will still think the same thing when we first saw the oversized cell phone that doesn't make phone calls...okay.

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