So, here we are…again. Just one day until Apple’s major event in Cupertino and community is buzzing with leaked videos and images of the newest Apple products and spreading like wildfire. The press is lining up to watch Apple’s yearly unveilings and consumers are surely lining up in front of the beautifully designed Apple stores already itching to get their hands on the new Apple products. It’s that serious. Rumors buzzing around about a new iteration of the iPad family, The iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2, the iPhone 5S, the mythical “budget friendly” iPhone 5C, iOS 7 for mobile products, and iOS Maverick for Apple computers. Everything else like a new version of Apple TV, new versions of iPods and iPod touch, even new designs on the MacBooks and iMacs are still up in the air, but RTV will be ready to report news on every Apple product to be released after the press conference tomorrow.
The iPad has become such a staple in the tablet community and in society, and they’re hard to miss when your on the train or on the bus. Even with the iPad Mini, they’re hard to distinguish from almost every other tablet on the market thus far. The much rumored iPad 5 has plenty of leaked images and videos of the casing and will surely be running iOS7. The original form factor from the iPad 3/4 will be slimmed down drastically from a width of 18.5 cm on the iPad 3/4 to a new, slimmer 17 cm on the iPad 5. On paper, it doesn’t seem like that much of a difference but from what we’ve read and the videos we’ve watched, the iPad 5 will indeed be drastically slimmer, and easier to hold, even in one hand. But what does that mean for the screen? Consumers will be happy to learn that the iPad 5 will retain the exact same screen real estate as the previous iteration. The screen size will not change, which I think to be one of the most important things about the iPad 5. On top of that, the iPad 5 will more than likely keep the retina display seen on the iPad 3/4. Why fix what isn’t broken?
The exact opposite counts for the much rumored, iPad Mini 2. From what we’ve learned about the rumored product, the size and dimensions of the iPad Mini 2 will be around the same, keeping its slim form factor, and will most likely be sporting a new retina display. This gives the consumers an ease in decision when it comes to choosing between the iPad 5 and the iPad Mini 2. Consumers wont be alienated by the now obsolete 1024-by-768 resolution screen at 163 pixels per inch (ppi) by paying a few bucks less to settle for an inferior screen. The dimensions of the iPad Mini 2 compared to the previous iteration will remain the same.
One very important question that hasn’t been answered yet and is still buzzing around is how these changes will affect battery life. The iPad 5 will be reverting into a slimmer form factor leaving less room for a strong 8-10 hour battery. The iPad Mini 2, already small in size, might now have to manufacture a new battery to deal with the new retina display. It is certain that Apple won’t want to stray too far away from the battery life that’s made the iPads that much easier to sell, and worth the price of admission, but it’s hard to tell given the new sizes of the products. Certainly, third party companies like Mophie, Kensington and IOGear will want to make products that will extend the battery life of the new iPads, if it so comes to that.
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