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Oct. 26 or Nov. 2?
One recent rumor holds that, if an iPad Mini is unveiled on Tuesday, it will actually be released on the following Friday, Oct. 26 -- which could well be seen as Apple's effort to rain on Microsoft's parade, since Windows 8 is formally rolling out on Oct. 26.
Such timing could effectively step on Microsoft's efforts to try to get a foothold into the rapidly growing tablet market. In addition to the new version of its OS, the Redmond, Wash.-based technology giant is expected to show Windows 8 and RT tablets, not the least of which will be its own Windows Surface tablets.
However, other reports indicate that the iPad Mini will hit the stores on Nov. 2. The timing of the product's release is not only important because of the possible impact on, or by, the Windows 8 announcement, but because of the critical holiday season. Apple sold more than 15 million iPads in last year's holiday season.
But as the new comes in, the old moves out. One analyst, Rob Cihra of Evercore Partners, has said he expects Apple to phase out the current iPad 2 after the release of the Mini, so that it can maintain clear "product tiers."
Posted: 2012-10-20 @ 1:30pm PT
So Many New Tablets -- Another TabletMaker Ainol Electronics - also just introduced a few new tablets that are pretty impressive -- one is called the Novo 7 Flame - priced at $189 at a site called TabletSprint - a 7 Inch 16GB tablet overall with more quality features than the $249 Nexus 7 & the new Mini iPad -- the Flame has 16GB, Android 4.1 O/S, a high resolution 1280x800 screen, Micro-SD portable storage, HDMI to view movies and media downloads on a TV, Two Quality Cameras - front & back 2MP/5MP; Bluetooth, Ethernet. WiFi and an option for 3G... Next month this company also introduces the "World's 1st" $100 7-Inch Dual Core "Performance" budget tablet -- If you're not familar with Ainol Electronics - they won runner-up in 2012 "Best Tablet of the Year" Award at CNET/Consumer Electronics Show -- And they also have two new large 10-Inch tablets coming out soon with high resolution screens, one has a Dual Core processor at $219 and the other a Quad Core with a 1920x1200 Liquid Crystal display (like Apple's Retina screen) for around $275 --all nice deals for the price -- one of the first web sites that seem to offer them right now in the U.S. is TabletSprint --