ipad mini 2 and ipad 5
Apple has been doing a very bad job in secret-keeping after Steve Jobs left. Just as iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c were announced with no surprise, matching all the previous rumors and leaks, the upcoming iPad mini 2 and iPad 5 are also revealed to the public, with a slew of spy shots and hands-on video circulating on the Internet.
From the shots and reviewing video, it can be seen that iPad mini 2 looks exactly like its predecessor, with almost no changed in appearance, even no reduction in the thickness, very rare to see for a follow-up. The reason for the same thickness might be that iPad mini 2 will come with a Retina Display.
Of course, as a new device, iPad mini 2 will be packed with a faster processor, possibly an A6X or A7 chipset. There are also good possibilities of bump in camera despite that iPad mini already has a 5MP primary lens. The major issue focuses on the display. There are two views: one is that iPad mini 2 will come with a Retina display to narrow the discrepancy with the rivals and another one is that Apple will launch two versions of iPad mini 2: low-priced version to come out earlier and Retina version to be postponed in the early 2014.
As for iPad 5, it is within expectation that there is apparent decrease in volume and the narrow bezel makes the devices feel much slimmer. All in all, iPad mini 2 and iPad 5 looks much similar and the only different in appearance might be the size.
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new nexus 7 vs ipad mini
Last year, both Apple and Google launched a smaller-sized tablet PC, the first-gen Nexus 7 and iPad mini. Despite that old Nexus 7 hit the market earlier than iPad mini, the former was still defeated by the latter due to the apparent discrepancy in design and specs. Therefore, iPad mini was able to dominate small-sized tablet market.
Things are different this year. The new Google Nexus 7, compared with its predecessor, sees a drastic bump in specs. The 1920*1200 display has brought it to the level of Retina display. If iPad mini 2 did not come with a Retina Display, it can hardly compete with the new Nexus 7, which is more advantageous in pricing.
In addition, the ultra slim and elegant design that Apple has long been proud of hardly works this time since Nexus 7 also does well in weight and thickness. From all those contrast of figures, there is no apparent gap between these two.
Competition and pressure often leads to motivation. If Apple intends to maintain its dominance and competitiveness in tablet domain, then they need to make full efforts and bring out a Retina iPad mini 2 to dispel the customers’ discontent with the screen resolution of iPad mini and to boost the sales.
The good thing is that Apple seems to have sensed the pressure. The recent news suggest that Apple will postpone the release of iPad mini 2 to March or April next year and devote more time to the preparation of two versions of iPad mini 2, one with Retina display and one without.