Let’s round up a few rumors. The event tomorrow gives us an inkling that at least some of these rumors aren’t false. I’m ordering these in their probability of correctness.
The iPad Mini (or Air):
The iPad Mini has been rumored for quite a while. AppleInsider has revealed 12 iPad configurations in two different colors. The numbers make sense: Wi-Fi and LTE, 16/32/64GB sizes, and black and white.
The rumors around the iPad 2 availability and iPad Mini pricing are also intense. There are too many contradicting rumors to be sure. My guess is Apple will find a way to surprise us all.
The iPad Mini will likely hit stores on November 2nd. Ready well in advance of this year’s Christmas shopping sprees.
Sounds right to me.
A new iBooks is going to be important for the iPad Mini. The device is in large part an education play. Apple wants to make sure that competitors don’t corner the education market with less expensive tablet offerings.
9to5 Mac reports that iTunes leaked mention of iBooks version 3.0.
The MacBook Pro 13” With Retina Display:
I hope so.
The name of the event, “let’s get small”, suggests more than just an iPad Mini. It makes it seem possible that other smaller devices could be announced.
AllThingsD is a very reliable source, and is reporting that the laptop is confirmed to be launched:
Sources familiar with Apple’s plans tell AllThingsD that the company plans to unveil a smaller version of its MacBook Pro with Retina Display, as well.
New Mac Mini and iMac:
The Mac Mini also fits under the ‘small’ tag in the event tagline. However, that’s not enough to make a believer out of me. The Mac Mini can receive a small bump with RAM updates without meriting more than a mention (if a mention at all) in the event tomorrow.
Brian Stucki over at MacMiniColo seems to think it’s bound to happen due to a lack of supply.
Full Size iPad With Lightning Connector:
Not going to happen
This is the rumor that seems the most unlikely. Apple’s ability to maintain it’s high profit per device is dependent on using the same parts, and having the manufacturing of those parts go down in price over time. One of the reason they make so much profit from older iPhones is this basic principle.
Chris Rawson over at TUWA seems to agree with me:
Apple doesn’t seem to benefit either, because its suppliers have to re-tool significantly for a device that’s presumably midway through its product cycle. You can argue that it simplifies production having the Lightning connector on both the iPad and iPad mini, but in that case why not put Lightning connectors on the iPhone 4 and 4S, too?
That’s a big jump. A complete retooling for all of their top products is very unlikely.
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