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Teardown: Inside Apple's iPad Mini Retina Display

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11/15/2013  
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far911
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Piece of ART
far911   11/16/2013 5:26:50 AM
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It seems like a real piece of art with the added feature but what the market report says is that APPLE is loosing on  there profit then previous years, although the sales are still there but i guess the intense competition is hindering, like BLACK BERRY ETC

Habib Tariq
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Habib Tariq   11/17/2013 1:18:37 AM
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Apple has one advantage over its competitors and that is loyalty from its customers. Apple has a major hold over the US market when it comes to laptops and tablets. Even though competitors like Lenovo are on a rise, and may provide a good challenge to break this apple market dominance. The Lenovo's new yoga pad has a lower price compared to ipad air ($299 vs $499).  True, the Yoga's specs don't match the iPad Air's when it comes to the screen and processor. But for getting work done, rather than watching videos or playing games, those specs don't matter much. Also the yoga has 18 hours running time battery compared to ipad's 10 hours.

Habib Tariq
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Habib Tariq   11/17/2013 1:19:33 AM
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In my opinion the Yoga tablet might be a better option compared to ipad air if you want to get some work done on a tablet. You can easily add a keyboard to it as well. The new Lenovo Yoga, which is better priced and in the long run may be better for productivity.
But having said all that, I still believe the sales of ipad air will be greater and it will take some time before companies like Lenovo can take over apple's customers.

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a.saji   11/17/2013 4:16:39 AM
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@Tariq: I don't think any of the tablets can match the quality that Apple iPads do have right now at least. There is innovation behind ipads when you compare with others. Something new out of the box is being implemented most of the time  

Habib Tariq
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Habib Tariq   11/17/2013 6:57:39 PM
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Depends on what aspect are you looking from.

yes ipad does have a better display and processor but then ipad is around $330 expensive.
yoga has a Quad core, 1200 MHz processor, for a tablet you rarely clock the processor to even 50% of its capacity. Google is also launching its new Nexus 10 2 in the coming week.

Given how different companies are coming up with good alternatives is really going to push apple to deliver more from its product. 



far911
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far911   11/18/2013 4:33:07 AM
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This is true with more companies entering in the race will lead to a better product to the consumer.

Debera Harward
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Debera Harward   11/18/2013 6:22:06 AM
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We cant exactly say that Apple has lost its market because still there is a certain segment of market who goes for Apple only no doubt Apple has many competitive advantages. Yes these hybrid laptops is a good innovation and when there are more competitors in the market the end result is variety of products but i am sure that Apple  will bring something new because we all know that its marketing strategy is very unique first products are created and then they develop its demand.

far911
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far911   11/18/2013 4:34:25 AM
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Lenovo, samsung are in the race and equally good

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   11/19/2013 4:54:36 AM
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These products are impressive but what I find more impressive are these teardowns. I shudder to imagine taking tools to one of my precious Apple devices, but I am glad someone does. Getting to look inside these devices is fascinating.

tekochip
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Disposable
tekochip   11/18/2013 9:46:22 AM
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Are people really content just to throw these things away when they need a new battery?


Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   11/19/2013 4:52:41 AM
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I know, tekochip, seems like a waste!

Ken E.
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Disposability, reliability, product life, obsolescence
Ken E.   11/20/2013 9:45:42 AM
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Do the batteries fail that often?  Since the advent of Li batteries, I don't know of anyone who had one of those fail, although admittedly my sphere makes for a small sample set. 

For that matter, no Apple product I or my family has ever owned has ever failed before becoming technically obsolete.  Does Apple really need high repairability scores, if reliability is high?  Does the hated glue actually contribute to that? 

I have aquaintences who have had hardware failures, some of which Apple honored outside of warranty, something which certainly cemented their loyalty.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   11/21/2013 4:38:47 AM
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Good points, Ken E. I don't think any of my Apple products ever really gave up the ghost, nor did their batteries fail, before I decided to replace them. I decided all on my own usually because maybe they were slowing down a bit or there was a cool new version of the product out. So perhaps the battery debate isn't really that important.

Cabe Atwell
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Re: Disposability, reliability, product life, obsolescence
Cabe Atwell   1/20/2014 5:47:46 PM
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My HTC One doesn't allow for access to the battery as well. I don't like the fact that I will have to take it to the store to get it replaced if it ever fails but there hasn't been any indication of power loss for a year and a half now.

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