On Oct. 23, Apple finally took the wraps off its iPad Mini. The device, which was rumored for months, comes with a 7.9-inch screen and a new design. In addition, the tablet, which Apple says is capable of being held in one hand, will come with 4G LTE service when it launches in mid-November. The WiFi-only version of the iPad Mini is expected to hit store shelves on November 2. Aside from the new iPad Mini, Apple showed off a new fourth-generation iPad. That device, which took spectators by surprise, is basically an updated version of the third-generation slate Apple showed off in March. The biggest improvement is the new A6X processor. That chip, Apple says, will double both the CPU performance and graphics processing. In addition, like the iPad Mini, the fourth-generation iPad comes with the Lightning port. For CIOs, much of the Oct. 23 event was useless. The event centered mainly on the ways in which the tablets can be used for consumers, and didn’t talk all that much about their possible use in the enterprise. But we plan to fix that right now, so flip through the following slides to find out what CIOs should know about Apple’s new iPads.
10. There’s No Predicting Apple’s Launch Cycle
In the past, Apple launched a new iPhone and iPad every year. Although it seems to be keeping with that schedule on the iPhone, it launched two iPads this year. For consumers, that’s fine, but for CIOs that have product road maps and are concerned with obsolescence, it’s a problem.
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