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Apple iPad mini launching October 23, on sale November 2?

I was all set to write a “Where’s the iPad mini?” type feature this morning, but Apple has only gone and thrown a spanner in the proverbial works.

See, the Californians have fired out invites for a mysterious launch event on October 23, next Tuesday, and it sounds very much like the iPad mini will be in attendance.

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ChangeWave: Apple Maps issues ‘irrelevant’

ChangeWave: Apple Maps issues ‘irrelevant’

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 16, 2012 at 18:00

We’ve noted several times of late that any issues related to new iDevices are inevitably blown out of all proportion. With the iPhone 5 it's Apple Maps, which isn't quite up to Google Maps’ standards. Oh, the humanity!

But while CEO Tim Cook wrote an open letter of apology, conceding that Apple Maps “fell short”, a survey from ChangeWave suggests that consumers couldn’t care less.

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Apple designed the A6 chip without Samsung

Apple designed the A6 chip without Samsung

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 16, 2012 at 12:00

Last month, we heard that Apple was looking to spread the Asian component supplier love, and ultimately become less dependant on sworn enemy Samsung.

On a similar note, an anonymous Samsung bigwig has said that the South Koreans had nowt to do with the design of the A6 processor found in the iPhone 5.

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Chitika study: iPhone 5 beats Samsung Galaxy S III in web traffic

Chitika study: iPhone 5 beats Samsung Galaxy S III in web traffic

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 15, 2012 at 14:00

To clarify, we’re going for a “Hey, let’s laugh at this study” type angle as opposed to “Wow, check out these figures!” Ready? Brace yourselves.

A study from Chitika suggests that iPhone 5 users accounted for slightly higher web traffic volume than their Samsung Galaxy S III-rockin’ counterparts over a 7-day period. Good lord!

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Apple iPad mini: 16 variants, starting at just £200?

Apple iPad mini: 16 variants, starting at just £200?

Martin James  Oct. 15, 2012 at 11:00

We're finally sure the iPad mini is real, and the latest indication is that October 23 is the day Apple has chosen for the big unveiling – just eight days hence.

What is still very much up for debate is just how many versions of the cut-size iPad will go on sale, and more importantly what they will cost. Well, how about this idea: a total of 16 different variants, with prices starting at just £200?

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Now the iPad mini unveiling is October 23

Press invites for the iPad mini launch were expected to appear on October 10, this past Wednesday, with the actual launch going down on Wednesday next week.

Needless to say that didn’t happen, but now we’re being told to mark October 23 in our diaries. We’d recommend pencil, as opposed to pen.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 13, 2012 at 13:00

Another slightly bizarre week. The iPad mini (or the invites, at least) failed to materialise, but we did finally meet the, er, Samsung Galaxy S III mini. Oh, and a special mention goes to O2 for the second major outage in four months.

In the world of comments, you were mostly on topic and generally quite quiet (other than 50+ comments on the O2 outage). Next week we’re launching our Bring Back Matt vs Treab campaign.

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Eric Schmidt: Google v Apple is the ultimate tech showdown

Eric Schmidt: Google v Apple is the ultimate tech showdown

Martin James  Oct. 12, 2012 at 11:30

Google chairman Eric Schmidt reckons the number of Android devices around the planet will push past the one billion mark within a year, and says Google's fight with Apple for ultimate tech supremacy is the “defining fight” of the mobile industry.

The two companies were once close allies, but the emergence of Android as a direct threat to Apple's mobile ambitions has increasingly strained their relationship – to the point where Apple fast-tracked its clearly flawed Maps service onto iOS 6 just to keep Google Maps off it.

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Foxconn: iPhone 5 quality control up, productivity down

Foxconn: iPhone 5 quality control up, productivity down

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 11, 2012 at 14:00

One of the big complaints about the iPhone 5 (in addition to Apple Maps being rubbish and a purple haze on the camera) is the aluminium rear being massively prone to scratches.

Worse still, some iPhone 5s were reportedly pre-scratched – out of the box. But fear not; Foxconn is aiming to eliminate said problem, with increased quality control.

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Survey: ‘only’ one in five planning to buy an iPad mini

Well, those October 10 iPad mini invites failed to materialise yesterday, and we can’t say we’re bothered in the slightest. A big fat survey suggests we’re not alone in our apathy.

Said survey indicates that a mere 18% of – roughly one in five – consumers plan to fork out for an iPad mini.

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