New evidence Apple soon to debut next-gen iPad

“On Wednesday, Wal-Mart, Best Buy and MacMall initiated clearance sales, reducing their 3rd-generation iPad and current iPad mini prices roughly 30% across the board — a pretty good sign that Apple is about to replace the old models with new ones,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune.

“Could Apple be moving toward a 6-month product release schedule?” P.E.D. reports. “That may be where it’s headed, although if that were true of the iPhone, we would have seen a new one last month.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]


  1. ipad mini with retina and telephone capabilities — thats not such a big order for apple to make – but it will be the biggest best phone on the planet – samsung missed the opportunity.

    1. The mini with a “doubled” display is not a good idea.

      It is far too high a resolution to be visible, and it will drag on the processor and the battery like the current iPad (gen4). The ipad 4 has the size (h&w) to contain a battery like that with minimal thickness, but a “retina mini” would have to double (possibly more) in weight and thickness.
      How good an idea does it sound like now?

        1. It doesn’t have to be double resolution. 1.5 the resolution would be fine, because the current iPad mini already has smaller pixels than the original iPad, and doubling the resolution would make the pixels finer than the ones in the iPad4, something Apple doesn’t need to do for a device with entry-level pricing.
          1.5×1.5=2.25, while 2×2=4, the increase in compute power and battery drain needed for a transition to higher resolution.

  2. The iPad reduced was the 3rd gen, not the current model, and the iPad Mini was not reduced. WalMart lowered the entry level model by 10%, just the one model, not the whole line.

  3. Still get plenty of use out of my 1st gen iPad, but if the new Mini has the Retina display I’ll be all over it.

    Want to make telephone calls off an iPad? Get a Google Voice number and the Talkatone app.

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