Today’s iPad Mini Rumor Doesn’t Mean What You Think

Lots of rumors have been flying around lately about a new and smaller iPad. While I do believe it could be released, I think it’s worthwhile to take each rumor with a grain of salt. This policy has paid off because today I found a rumor that I am pretty sure is a rehashing of old rumors.

A new rumor about the hypothetical smaller iPad is making its rounds today (from a Chinese source), but it’s not a new rumor. In fact, today’s rumor is a lesson in why you should read the original source, even when it’s in a different language (especially when it’s in a different language).

I found the rumor via AppleInsider, and they got it from Kotaku. Kotaku’s source is a Chinese language blog, which would probably stop most people (not me).  Here’s how Kotaku reported on it:

NetEase claimed that the device will be released around the third quarter of this year to “counter attack” the upcoming Windows tablets. The report further claims that the devices will cost anywhere from US$249 to $299 and that there will be an initial 6 million units ready for launch.

The interesting part here is that the original Chinese language source lists their source. You wouldn’t know this unless you read Chinese (I don’t) or unless you happen to have Google Translate bookmarked (I do). Guess who they got this story from? ZDNet.

In fact, I would bet that this ZDNet article from a couple weeks ago is probably one of the sources for NetEase.

All of a sudden that rumor isn’t nearly as interesting, is it? Now you’re not sure if this rumor is new, old, or pulled directly from someone’s arse.

See, this is why I follow so many sources in other languages. Google Translate might not be the best tool but it sure as hell beats reading stuff second hand.

But the story is not over with yet. NetEase is also reporting a number of details that they didn’t get from ZDNet, though the article does contain text that suggests that the author read extensively before writing that article. The new iPad Mini will cost $249-$299 (old), use a 7.85″ screen (old), ship in Q3 (old), be assembled by Foxconn (duh), and it has an initial shipment of 6 million units.

That last bit is new. If NetEase got it from somewhere, I cannot find it. Copies of this rumor have now inundated Google, so there’s little chance that older content might show up in the search.

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to rate this rumor as unreliable. Yes, I’d like to believe it, but it doesn’t even rise to the level of Digitimes for originality. Too much is old stuff.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

1 Comment

  1. Mike Cane16 April, 2012

    Statistically, a run of 6M makes sense for Q3. Xmas, new product, and how other models of iPad have sold in a similar period of time. Although given the way things have been going, that 6M could be gobbled up in the first *weekend* of sales (Apple typically starts selling on Fridays). Just imagine not being to buy one because a one-percenter got several for their *children*!


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