Daily iPad mini rumour #291: it’s Wi-Fi only

Daily iPad mini rumour #291: it’s Wi-Fi onlyMan, this whole iPad mini saga is either about to come to a glorious climax, or – conversely – bugger off with a whimper. We’re still not-so-secretly hoping it doesn’t exist, and still not entirely sure why. Hmm.

Anyway! It’s time for your daily iPad mini update, and now we’re hearing that Apple’s wee tablet will be Wi-Fi only.

That’s the story according to industry-based sources of The Guardian, who say the iPad mini is unlikely to have 3G. So more speculation than rumour then. Heck, I could’ve told you that.

If Apple does have an iPad mini in the works (and it’s seeming increasingly likely, with 10 million units said to be on order), it’ll serve as a wallet friendly alternative to the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire – which start at £159 in the UK.

We don’t expect the iPad mini to stoop quite that low, but it’ll surely be cheaper than the iPad 2 (£329), and low enough to tempt people interested in Google and Amazon’s wares.

One way to keep cost down, of course, is to omit 3G connectivity, hence this story right here.

Expected iPad mini specs include a 7.85in display, and a significantly smaller iPhone 5-style Lightning connector.

If John Rumour is to be believed, press invites for the iPad mini launch event will start appearing in inboxes later today. Interesting.

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JanSt / MOD  Oct. 10, 2012 at 12:32

Wouldn't a more portable tablet make more sense with a sim than a bigger slab?

Stelph  Oct. 10, 2012 at 13:02

Wouldn't a more portable tablet make more sense with a sim than a bigger slab?

Yes it would, but since the idea behind the iPad mini is apple is copying/competing with Asus' Nexus 7 which is also wifi only then it makes sense.

Plus if it had 3G what would they have to roll out for Gen 2 of the iPad mini?

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 10, 2012 at 13:13

Wouldn't a more portable tablet make more sense with a sim than a bigger slab?

Yes it would, but since the idea behind the iPad mini is apple is copying/competing with Asus' Nexus 7 which is also wifi only then it makes sense.

Plus if it had 3G what would they have to roll out for Gen 2 of the iPad mini?

Right.
Except - I think the Nexus 7 isn't the target. It's Amazon.

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 10, 2012 at 13:53

Wouldn't a more portable tablet make more sense with a sim than a bigger slab?

Yes it would, but since the idea behind the iPad mini is apple is copying/competing with Asus' Nexus 7 which is also wifi only then it makes sense.

Plus if it had 3G what would they have to roll out for Gen 2 of the iPad mini?

Right.
Except - I think the Nexus 7 isn't the target. It's Amazon.

I agree, the N7 is too niche, too geeky to seriously bother Apple. The Kindle range on the other hand...

Dougal1709  Oct. 11, 2012 at 07:48

I don't know why anyone would get a tablet with 3G anyway. You're better off using your mobile to tether from than pay for two 3g contracts.

Stelph  Oct. 11, 2012 at 09:50

I don't know why anyone would get a tablet with 3G anyway. You're better off using your mobile to tether from than pay for two 3g contracts.


Well for one I find it useful not to have to fiddle with activating mobile hotspots on my phone (which are slower and still seem somewhat buggy), plus when overseas its much easier to get a data sim and slap it in the tablet for cheap browsing rather than fiddling with the phone/paying shed loads in roaming fees

Stelph  Oct. 11, 2012 at 09:53

Wouldn't a more portable tablet make more sense with a sim than a bigger slab?

Yes it would, but since the idea behind the iPad mini is apple is copying/competing with Asus' Nexus 7 which is also wifi only then it makes sense.

Plus if it had 3G what would they have to roll out for Gen 2 of the iPad mini?

Right.
Except - I think the Nexus 7 isn't the target. It's Amazon.

I agree, the N7 is too niche, too geeky to seriously bother Apple. The Kindle range on the other hand...


Interesting thought, are there any sales data on the kindle vs nexus 7 to see which was/is the better seller and more of a threat?

I guess that the fact that amazon is a "content" supplier would threaten apple, most of the time amazons prices undercut apples so it would be interesting if this was enough to warrant this reaction from apple

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