Taking aim at rivals, Apple unveils iPad mini

Updated 24 October 2012

Taking aim at rivals, Apple unveils iPad mini

SAN JOSE, California: Apple introduced the iPad mini on Tuesday, confident that a smaller version of its beloved tablet computer will trump lower-priced offerings by rivals Amazon, Google and Samsung.
“This is iPad mini,” Apple’s senior vice president for marketing Phil Schiller said as he displayed the new gadget at a company event in San Jose.
“This isn’t just a shrunken down iPad,” Schiller said. “It is an entirely new design.”
Chief executive Tim Cook coolly presided over the launch of what was considered his first Apple product not bearing the thumbprint of late co-founder Steve Jobs, who derided small tablets as “DOA.”
Jobs publicly declared seven-inch tablets being fielded against iPad would be dead-on-arrival; that was unless they included sandpaper, “so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one quarter of the present size.”
Industry analysts noted that given his oft clever tactics, the derision could have been a ruse by Jobs to discourage competitors while Apple had a smaller version of the iPad on the drawing board.
The iPad mini’s touchscreen measures 7.9 inches (20 centimeters) diagonally compared to 9.7 inches on the original iPad.
A 16-gigabyte version of the iPad mini with Wi-Fi connectivity costs $329, while a 16GB model with both Wi-Fi and cellular capability costs $459.
The top-of-the-line 64GB iPad mini with Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity will sell for $659. Like later versions of the original iPad, the new Apple tablet also features rear- and front-facing cameras.
Schiller said customers could begin pre-ordering the iPad mini on October 26 and that Wi-Fi versions would begin shipping on November 2 to about three dozen countries in Asia and Europe in addition to the United States.
Schiller said the iPad mini weighs 0.68 pounds, less than half the original, and is 7.2mm thick — thinner than a pencil.
“We told you early this year that you would see some incredible innovation from Apple across the year,” said Cook, who replaced Jobs last year shortly before the death of the iconic co-founder of the California high-tech giant.
“We think we kept our promise and we hope that you agree,” Cook said.
Apple also unveiled a fourth generation of the original iPad on Tuesday for the same starting price of $499 for a 16GB model with Wi-Fi connectivity.
Cook said Apple has sold over 100 million iPads in two and a half years.
He also said more than 275,000 applications were now available for the iPad in Apple’s App Store and that customers have downloaded a total of more than 35 billion apps.
Apple set the tablet computer market ablaze with the first iPad in early 2010 and stuck with its 9.7-inch screen while rivals introduced lower-price tablets with screens closer to seven inches.
Amazon’s seven-inch Kindle Fire proved popular last year, and a new version was launched last month. Meanwhile, a Google Nexus 7 powered by Android software has since joined the Samsung Galaxy in the seven-inch tablet market.
While the cheapest iPad mini costs $329, less than the original iPad, the device is still considerably more expensive than the seven-inch tablets from Amazon, Google and Samsung — which start at $199.
Independent technology analyst Jeff Kagan said the new, smaller iPad was a gamble for Apple in that it risked cutting into sales of the original iPad.
“Yes this will cannibalize some of the iPad, but pull the camera back and you can see how it will increase the size of the Apple customer base,” Kagan said.
“This will open up new segments of the market to Apple — segments that would like an Apple, but which prefer a smaller screen or a lower price tag.”
Apple shares ended the formal trading day down 3.26 percent to $615.25 but regained ground in after-market trades.
Some analysts believe the iPad mini was priced too high to fend off competition from Nexus 7 and Kindle tablets.
“Yes, $129 extra to be in the Apple ecosystem does seem pricey compared to the $200 alternatives,” said Forrester analyst Frank Gillett.
“However, you are inside the Apple experience and have access to the 275,000 iPad apps,” he continued. “If those things are important to you, it is a no-brainer. If you are really focused on Amazon’s content, then the Amazon product is going to be more appealing.”


Nora Attal, Nour Rizk light up Dior runway

Updated 25 min 53 sec ago

Nora Attal, Nour Rizk light up Dior runway

DUBAI: Designer Maria Grazia Chiuri presented the Dior Spring 2021 ready-to-wear show to a socially distanced audience in a tent in the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris on Tuesday night. The offering featured 86 looks modeled by a diverse cast of catwalkers, which included two familiar regional faces: Moroccan-British star Nora Attal and Lebanese model Nour Rizk.

Rizk, who is based between London and Dubai, took to the runway wearing a zip-up windbreaker in Shibori-inspired tie dye paired with a matching skirt and a headwrap. 

For Attal’s part, the 21-year-old turned heads wearing a sheer, white lace playsuit with long-sleeves and fringe detailing. 

Nora Attal on the Dior Spring 2021 RTW runway. Getty Images

Attal, who made her runway debut in 2017, is a runway fixture at the house of Dior. She has walked in plenty of shows for the Parisian maison, including the Spring 2019 couture, Spring 2018 ready-to-wear and Fall 2018 couture shows, among others.

Meanwhile, it was Rizk’s first time walking for the French house.

However, she has had quite a stellar Fashion Month this season, gracing the runways of David Koma, No.21, Max Mara, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini and Burberry.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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According to show notes, women at home served as a point of inspiration for the Dior collection, be they poets or intellectuals, “wrapped in infinite layers of color, like Virginia Woolf, or dressed in a simple white shirt, like Susan Sontag.”

Chiuri’s new collection was punctuated by chiffon dresses, tunics, short kimonos, bar jackets, culottes and embroidered skirts in dusty colors and tie-dye. The former Valentino creative director also worked with women in Indonesia on original Ikat prints, which were translated onto duster coats.

Nour Rizk on the Dior Spring 2021 RTW runway. Getty Images

The show, which was streamed on social media platform TikTok was presented to a front row that included “Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams and her partner Reuben Selby, Russian supermodel Natalia Vodanova and French actress Ludivine Sagnier.

The runway presentation was not without a rather shocking surprise – as the last model finished the finale train, a woman in the audience walked onto the catwalk and unfurled a yellow banner bearing the slogan “We Are All Fashion Victims” and the logo of London climate protest group Extinction Rebellion.