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iPad Mini orders received in China

iPad Mini orders received in China

It would appear that sources have confirmed orders coming in from Apple to one Taiwan-based manufacturer for the next generation in iOS device known as the iPad Mini. This of course is not the first we've heard of such a product, and though it's been common knowledge for some time now that Steve Jobs himself said there'd never be an Apple tablet smaller than the classic iPad, but Netease has reported that both Foxconn and Pegatron have received orders to begin construction on a new breed of iPad fitting somewhere in-between the iPhone and the current iPad in any iteration. Could Apple be moving to the next generation where lower prices on the original iPad will no longer cut it?

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Sub-$300 Windows 8 tablets aim to hack iPad marketshare

Sub-$300 Windows 8 tablets aim to hack iPad marketshare

Sub-$300 Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets are in the pipeline as Microsoft attempts to cut iPad marketshare to under 50-percent by mid-2013, insiders claim, with 32 tablets on the market predicted by the end of this year. HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer, ASUS and Toshiba are all said to be working on Windows 8 models, presumably using x86 processors, for 2012 so DigiTimes' sources say, with Lenovo and Acer particularly keen to chase the sub-$300 market and rival budget Android-based models.

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Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad promises six month battery

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad promises six month battery

Logitech has outed its latest accessory for Apple's new iPad, a super-skinny combination Bluetooth QWERTY keyboard and protective cover. The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad hooks up to your third-gen slate - as well as the iPad 2 - via a magnetic clasp, and props up the tablet for text entry or video playback. Like Apple's own SmartCovers, it automatically wakes the iPad from sleep mode when opened.

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Apple Retina iPad advertisements finally cover the United States

Apple Retina iPad advertisements finally cover the United States

You might not have noticed it if your Apple sensor is as normalized as your love for great advertising, but billboards, bus stations, and print ads across the United States have finally switched from iPad 2 to the new iPad for 2012. Have a peek back at our report on when the states were still sticking with iPad 2 advertisements to see the oddity the vast majority of the USA didn't find necessary to notice, then take a peek at a few of the new ads up this week. They've been up for a couple weeks, actually, everywhere from Minneapolis all the way down to San Francisco!

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Apple shows Foxconn iPad construction in rare hands-on video

Apple shows Foxconn iPad construction in rare hands-on video

A brand new video report has been created to bring a relatively until-now unseen look inside one of the many Foxconn factories in China creating the new iPad for 2012. A report by journalist Rob Schmitz, who appears to have been given approval by Apple to enter a factory and do a close-up feature on Foxconn for American Public Media's Marketplace, has surfaced today with basic details on the goings-on in the workplace. This report is a far cry from the harsh (and ultimately found fabricated) judgements placed on the working conditions earlier this year - Foxconn looks downright fun to work at here!

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New iPad shipments limited by Retina display supply

New iPad shipments limited by Retina display supply

Production of Apple's new iPad has slowed causing some investors to be concerned that demand for the device is dropping off. This is not the case, according to Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu, who says that the new iPad remains high in demand and that the limited production is due to the shortage in Retina displays and the implementation of more sound labor practices following the Fair Labor Association report on Foxconn.

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Wacom Bamboo Stylus duo adds ink to iPad, Android tablets and paper

Wacom Bamboo Stylus duo adds ink to iPad, Android tablets and paper

Wacom has outed its latest tablet stylus, the Wacom Bamboo Stylus duo, targeting both iPad and Android slate owners this time but also catering to those moments when you need to use traditional paper. Building on the original Bamboo Stylus for capacitive touchscreens, the new duo version has a blunt fake-finger tip on one end, along with a regular ballpoint pen at the other. Meanwhile, there are new apps to go along with the stylus.

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Apple walks fine iPad trademark line warn experts

Apple walks fine iPad trademark line warn experts

Apple must balance a fine line between generic use of the iPad name for tablets and continued dominance of the slate segment, experts have warned, as the company faces the possibility of the trademark being deemed generic. The name of the best-selling tablet is already associated by many consumers as a catch-all term for tablets in general, the AP writes, despite the best efforts of Android slate manufacturers and others. However, while Apple's value hasn't been hurt by the sales success of the three generations of iPad, it could also potentially lose control of the name itself should courts decide it has too deeply entered the public lexicon.

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