Apple to unveil 'mini iPad' in October: website

Formal announcement will be made after the launch of iPhone5

Apple will unveil a new, smaller version of its wildly popular iPad in October after the release of the latest version of its iPhone next month, the All Things Digital website reported Sunday.

"First comes the latest iteration of the tech giant's hugely popular smartphone, which will be unveiled at an as yet unannounced event on September 12," the website said.

"Only after the next-generation iPhone is out the door and on sale will Apple announce the smaller iPad it's been working on," it said.

"That device, which is expected to have a display of less than eight inches (20 centimeters), will be uncrated at a second special event, which sources say is currently scheduled for October."

The 10-inch iPad has long dominated the tablet market, but faces a growing challenge from smaller models like Amazon's Kindle Fire, the Google Nexus 7 and the Samsung Galaxy.

Apple is expected to launch the miniature iPad later this year, with analysts saying it could allow the California-based company to again best its global rivals despite the death last year of visionary founder Steve Jobs.

iPhone 5 powered by 4G LTE, will work in UAE

There is good news for all those who have been waiting for 4G on the iPhone.

It has now emerged that the iPhone 5 will be powered with 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) with speeds of upto ten times faster when compared to the 3G speed that is used by the iPhone4S.

What’s even better is that mobile users in the UAE will be able to subscribe to the 4G LTE offered by both the etisalat and du for use in the latest version of the iPhone.

It was widely expected that the iPhone4S would be 4G compatible. But to everyone’s disappointment it could only handle 3G.

Then Apple introduce its new iPad with 4G LTE and there is no reason why the next generation iPhone should not come powered with 4G capability.

While the 4G LTE on the new iPad only works on 700Mhz spectrum it is expected that the new iPhone will support 4G LTE on 1800Mhz spectrum that Everything Everywhere offers.

That’s good news for UAE customers as well. Both Etisalat and du offer 4G LTE at 1800Mhz.

Recent developments have given further credence to rumours that the iPhone5 will infact be 4G LTE compatible.

A recent Engadget report even suggests that such a device was being tested by carriers in the United States.

Another tech blog CultofMac has reported that the iPhone5 will support UK’s first 4G network by Everything Everywhere at launch.

Everything Everywhere has obtained permission to rollout out the country’s first 4G network from September 11, a day before Apple is expected to launch its new phone.

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