A few months after the release of the original iPad, Steve Jobs had famously said that Apple didn’t make a smaller iPad since they felt the screen was too small. A few years later, the company introduced the iPad mini, with internal emails revealing that Apple execs found smaller Android tablets great for common tasks like surfing, email and books.
Android and its plethora of tablet manufacturers regularly out ships Apple and its iPad. It’s a numbers game with one manufacturer, Apple, competing against a host of others like Samsung, Asus and more. Usually, Apple ships less, but generates more revenue, but for the first time ever in Q3 2013, Android also made more money on tablets in Q3 2013 than its Cupertino-based competition.
The Retina iPad mini’s supply will be ridiculously constrained throughout the holiday quarter, but Apple is expected to ramp up production in Q1 2014, with estimated shipments doubling from current quarter’s 2 million to 4.5 million in the next quarter.
Teardown experts at iFixit have got their hands on the new Retina iPad mini, which, to the surprise of many, went on sale yesterday in several countries. They’ve torn down the device,Â exposing the innards of Appleâ€™s next generation iPad mini, revealing its larger battery, an A7 chip identical to that of the iPhone 5s and more.