by John Manderson

Here’s something for Bermudian tech lovers to look forward to. With the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Bloomberg and Apples unofficial PR department confirming it, the new iPad mini seems like its going to happen as rumors suggesting this have abounded for quite some time. Now there is a little more proof out there.

With competitive products like the Samsung Galaxy Note, the Kindle Fire and the newly announced Google Nexus 7, it only makes sense that Apple would enter this space.
The images above and below come from the Gizmodo site where they have collaborated with Nickolay Lamm to create mockups for the possible new device based on extensive rumors of components being reported as being built for the device and the specifications of those components.  

Documents in the Apple vs Samsung ongoing intellectual property trial reveal that Apple was at the very least considering a 7 inch iPad back in 2011. Its also been documented in the same trial that former Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was ‘receptive’ to the idea of the smaller iPad form factor before his death. 

“I believe there will be a 7-inch market and we should do one,” wrote Apple senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, in an email to now Apple CEO Tim Cook and other senior Apple executives on January 24, 2011.

“I expressed this to Steve several times since Thanksgiving and he seemed very receptive the last time. I found email, books, Facebook, and video very compelling on a 7-inch. Web browsing is definitely the weakest point, but still usable,” Cue said in the email.

Normally, big releases of products including the likes of the new iPhone 5 and the new smaller iPad will likely be released in September, typically to the US market first, then the Bermuda market usually starts to see availability by the end of October or early November. 

The iPhone and iPad are both extremely popular devices on the island and can be found at CellOne, Computer City, Audio Visual and vendors online. Check with your carrier (Digicel and CellOne) to see if they offer any current specials on the devices and plans. 
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First the Wall Street Journal said the next iPhone will have a four-inch screen, thenReuters agreed, and now Bloomberg’s sources are saying the same thing. Bloomberg are also reporting, however, that Steve Jobs was closely involved with the design process.

In some ways that’s a little surprising because, back in 2010, Jobs famously criticized large phones. He didn’t think anybody would ever want to carry a big phone, going as far as saying that “no one’s going to buy” one. The market has since proved him wrong and, if we’re to believeBloomberg’s reporting, clearly Jobs had changed his mind before his death in October last year.

With so many reports floating around about Apple’s shift to a four-inch screen, it’s beginning to seem inevitable. If you’re a small-screen fan, now might be a good time to brace yourself. [Bloomberg via The Verge]

I’ve got to say I find this interesting to read now, even after the hype of the last couple of days, where everyone says they are expecting a new 4″ screen. The reason I am still a bit skeptical is that Jobs himself said that a phone screen should be the size that you could hold in one hand and use your thumb to navigate the whole screen. Maybe they (Apple) will say Jobs had agreed to this to help make us feel that it is therefore OK that the screen is being enlarged, but we shall see soon enough.

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Despite conflicting reports, we have reason to believe that the upcoming Apple Tablet will indeed carry a front facing video camera as recently described in the Wall Street Journal:

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