Nov 082012

It’s really a pity that the Apple iPad mini screen failed to meet the Retina level. Now from BBC News, currently the AU Optronics (AUO) is developing the next generation iPad mini screen, the resolution is expected to reach 2048 * 1536, which is four times than the current iPad mini screen resolution.

The news that Apple and AU Optronics are cooperating to develop the next generation iPad mini screen, while maintain the same size of 7.9 inches, the resolution will be up to 2048 * 1536, same as the fourth-generation iPad, but the higher pixel density to reach 497PPI. In addition, the new screen will use IGZO (metal oxide), as well as GOA (Gate IC on array) technology, and thus rest IC space at the edge of the screen, so the next generation iPad mini will adopt the ultimate narrow border design .

The AU Optronics said IGZO technology is necessary technology to produce ultra-high resolution screen, and the GOA technology is the premise to produce narrow frame screen, they will gradually develop or introduce new technology to enhance the operational performance. In addition, insiders pointed out that the production equipments to provide iPad mini parts in AUO Suzhou LCM factory are financed by Apple, which is equivalent to Apple’s dedicated production line.

As to the existing iPad mini screen, AU Optronics said they have solved the yield and light leakage problem, in the fourth quarter of this year they will supply material at a large number to ensure that the iPad mini can be sustained sales, which is also contributive to AUO performance.

Oct 302012

The investment bank Pacific Crest Securities analyst said in a report on Monday, after Apple announced the launch of the iPad mini tablet PC last week, consumer interest in Google and Microsoft Tablet PC cooled, but it seems the Amazon Tablet PCs have been well prepared for strong performance in the fourth quarter.

The report cited the “Supply Chain dialogue” and said, Google Nexus 7 and Microsoft Surface Tablet PCs production orders have reduced by 34% and 14% in the current quarter, which is a incremental negative factor for Nvidia who provides Tegra microprocessor to it. The report also pointed out that the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet PC production is growing, production orders for the quarter may have grown 37%.

The report predicted that the Amazon Kindle Fire actually sold for end users will reach 11.3 million units this year, Surface will be 3.0 million units, Nexus will be 4.0 million units and Apple iPad will be 66.4 million units, lower than previously expected 7000 million units.

Pacific Crest Securities analyst Mike McConnell and John Vinh said in a report: “We think, Google Nexus 7 and Microsoft Surface order revise reflected a more cautious production , because Apple released the iPad mini and the upgrade iPad 3. ”

Apple released iPad mini last week. The iPad mini price is $329,lower than $ 500 which is the starting price of Surface Tablet PC, but much higher than $199 for the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire. Amazon is prepared to launch a larger display Kindle Fire later this month.

iPad mini will be sold in retail stores this Friday, but seen from the pre-order situation, this Tablet PC has been sold out. Apple said on its Web site, users who have ordered the iPad mini will receive the product after about two weeks.

Oct 292012

According to media reports, the white Apple iPad mini tablet computer had already sold out during booking period, the insiders expressed the iPad mini LTE version tablet computer that supports for LTE network may be available earlier.

Apple releasedthis 7-inch tablet iPad Mini earlier last week, the first batch Tablet PCswere sold out 20 minutes after released. The white iPad Mini Tablet PC contains the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB three models, it is now expected that the product shipment date will be two weeks after the order date, consumers who want to buy the white iPad Mini Tablet PC need to be prepared to wait in long lines for hours at Apple retail stores.

Report from the technology blog 9to5Mac indicated that the time Apple began shipping iPad mini LTE version tablet computer supporting the LTE network may also be earlier than expected, and it’s expected the product will reach consumers with fast shipping on November 21 this year. The iPad mini LTE “ready version Tablet PC” is priced from $459, while the WiFi version iPad Mini Tablet PC price starts from $329. After Apple released the iPad mini Tablet PC, there are reports that Apple may not be able to meet the market demand.The market research firm NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim said in an analysis report, although Apple has enhanced iPad Mini foundation partners, the display panel supply and demand problem will still limit the first shipment of the product.

From the view of the white iPad mini sold out, the iPad mini tablet PC market demand is strong. IHS reported recently that iPad mini may double the market size of the 7-inch tablet PC in 2012 and 2013, but this result is also influenced by market demand as well as Apple’s ability to meet market demand.

Oct 242012

According to the blog site GizmoChina report, less than 12 hours after the Apple iPad mini released, a cheap copy version iPad mini called GooPad mini will be listed in November.

GooPad was once known as the best imitation of the 9.7-inch iPad, but it is not just satisfied with this. After Apple introduced iPad mini, GooPad mini followed it and gave us an unexpected price of $99.

Known as the cheap copy version iPad mini, but the configuration of this product should not be underestimated. GooPad mini is equipped with a 1.4GHz dual-core processor and the latest Android 4.1 operating system, 8-inch screen, 8GB storage space, and supports for WiFi. GooPad mini has a 2.0 megapixel rear camera and a 0.3 megapixel front camera.

As clone knockoff, GooPad mini is not a bad product, it has almost the same size screen with the iPad mini and a similar processor. The most important thing is that it is only $ 99. When you buy iPad mini you should probably think about your wallet and then select GooPad mini as your Christmas gift.

Sep 192012


In fact, so far Apple iPad mini is still just a legend. However, in the past period of time, we got the news from some seniors, which makes its presence more and more real. Now, message from two Chinese companies said the 7.85-inch iPad mini tablet is in mass production stage, this news is getting iPad mini closer and closer to us.

The Heshuo factory is now also responsible for the production of iPad mini, Foxconn is not Apple’s only dependent foundries. It is said, Heshuo got 50% to 60% of the total orders from Apple , while the remaining part will be given to Foxconn.

So far we know that the news iPad mini will be announced by the official in October, and will be in the store at the end of the year, to meet the holiday spending period.

Same with iPhone 4S listing on market, we have seen countless rumors, computer renderings and the real models. Now, a new real model appears and tells us what the Apple 7.85-inch tablet looks like. It seems that the new screen frame is finer, but because this is only a model, we can not determine the difference with the actual machine.