FORTUNE -- Stop me if you've seen this chart before, originally published under the headline Apple's iPad and the 13 dwarfs, but I couldn't resist posting it again.
Blame it on Evan Niu.
He wrote a piece in the Motley Fool Saturday based on rumors that Apple (AAPL), which has never acknowledged the existence of a higher-res "Retina" version of the iPad mini, may be "forced to delay" its launch until next year.
"Apple can't afford to wait that long," Niu writes.
"The smaller version's biggest weakness is easily the lackluster display. At 1024 x 768, the display already lagged rival devices from Amazon.com and Google, both of which used 1280 x 800 panels in their smaller 7-inch tablets from 2012. Apple can fend off rivals on other competitive strengths, like a wider tablet-optimized app ecosystem or sturdier build quality -- but only for so long."
Perhaps. I'd never before heard an iPad mini owner describe its display as "lackluster."
Also: first impressions of the new iMac and MacBook.
FORTUNE -- For the first time in years, Apple (AAPL) held a product unveiling at San Jose's California Theatre and, as many predicted, the company delivered. It unveiled a 7.9-inch version of the iPad, dubbed the iPad mini. Also on display: a 13-inch MacBook with a high-resolution Retina Display, redesigned iMac, faster 9.7-inch-sized iPad, and updated Mac minis.
I managed to spend some MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Oct 23, 2012 4:07 PM ET
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Amazon looks to acquire TI mobile chip business, report says [CNET]
If Amazon buys out Texas Instruments' mobile chip business, it would mark a dramatic shift for the e-retail giant. Amazon uses Texas Instruments' processors in its mobile devices, including the latest Kindle Fire HD. Barnes & Noble, one of its chief competitors, does, as MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Oct 15, 2012 1:48 PM ET
Apple's latest laptops feature an extremely crisp screen -- and PC makers are likely rushing to follow suit. Problem is, most people might not really be able to tell the difference.
FORTUNE -- We always want our gadgets to be better. At one time, that meant a push for the fastest processor, better RAM, more hard drive space. Then the MacBook Air arrived, and attention turned to thinner and lighter notebooks. MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jul 3, 2012 10:06 AM ET
But Apple's slick new laptop may not be for everybody out there. Read this review to find out if it's the right Mac for you.
FORTUNE -- Apple's new 15-inch notebook may look thinner and lighter than older MacBook Pro models, but there's no mistaking this for a MacBook Air. For $2,199, users get a more powerful 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel i7 processor, 8-gigabytes of RAM, a 256 GB solid state MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jun 18, 2012 3:56 PM ET
The screen draws raves. The price, not so much
FORTUNE -- Apple's (AAPL) favorite reviewer -- the Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg -- appears to be out of pocket, but dispatches from the rest of the tech press are coming in. For some reason, many begin by posing questions: Does the MacBook Pro with Retina display live up to expectations? Does it create a new product category? Is it worth the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 14, 2012 11:32 AM ET
We got our hands on Apple's much-coveted new laptop. Here's a first read.
FORTUNE -- Don't call it a MacBook Air. Apple's newest 15-inch uber-notebook may be thinner and lighter than older MacBook Pro models, but its redesigned aluminum body houses a potent array of features. For $2,199, users get a 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel i7 processor, 8-gigabytes of RAM, a 256 GB solid state drive, two USB 3.0 ports, and MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jun 13, 2012 12:55 PM ET
Apple's (AAPL) most-favored tech writers got it last week and have now weighed in
The Wall St. Journal's Walt Mossberg: A Million More Pixels Than HDTV. "The key upgrades are to those core features — the 9.7-inch screen and the data speed over cellular networks. These upgrades are massive. Using the new display is like getting a new eyeglasses prescription — you suddenly realize what you thought looked sharp before wasn't nearly as MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 15, 2012 5:53 AM ET
Most seem to be even more impressed with the latest tablet than the tech press was
RBC Capital's Mike Abramsky: 'New iPad' - Incremental? Really? We would argue it will maintain Apple's Tablet dominance, especially when considered in context with Apple's powerful ecosystem (iTunes, iTunes Store, iCloud, iOS, App Store, carrier/store distribution, etc)... The new iPad raises the performance bar, with the highest resolution screen on a tablet and the A5X processor MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 8, 2012 7:29 AM ET
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"Some Bing results increasingly look like an incomplete, stale version of Google results -- a cheap imitation." -- Google Fellow and search engineer Amit Singhal
A war of words erupted yesterday over a controversial blog post by Singhal, who accused Microsoft Bing of essentially "copying" Google search results. "It's cheating to me because we work incredibly hard and MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Feb 2, 2011 8:51 AM ET
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