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Let the iPad Mini Rumors Begin

Apple fans might not be ready to hear this news, but the recent HP TouchPad fire sale and the new Amazon Kindle have brought about a transformation in the tablet market. A lot of people view tablets as a luxury, not a necessity, and they're not willing to shell out $500 for an "oversized iPhone." The iPad may be great for business and working on the go, but the Kindle Fire is perfect for people looking to kill time at the airport or entertain their children. A tablet doesn't need all the bells and whistles for people to play Facebook games or color on Dora the Explorer.

iPad Mini

All these reasons are why it would make sense for Apple to release a lower entry-level iPad in 2012. After talking with Taiwanese and Chinese component suppliers, Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White thinks that's exactly what Apple plans to do. White believes Apple will release the iPad mini in the first few months of 2012.

Amazon vs. the iPad

Is it possible to dethrone the iPad? That seems to be the question on everyone's mind. I guess anything is possible, but the future for Apple competitors is not looking too bright as of right now. The HP TouchPad failed miserably to make a dent in the tablet war, and Apple is doing its best to make sure people won't get their hands on a Samsung Galaxy Tab. However, there is a new rumored device that people are predicting will give the iPad a run for its money -- the Amazon tablet.

Amazon tablet

Amazon has an advantage that other tablet manufacturers didn't have, they can learn from the past mistakes of Hewlett-Packard and Google. Offering a similar priced tablet with a barren app store isn't going to topple the iPad. It's going to take something creative and most-likely cheaper to grab people's attention.

Tampa Bay Buccaneer Players Receive Free iPads, Not HP TouchPads

I guess the $99 HP TouchPad sale wasn't enough to woo the coaching staff of the National Football League's Tampa Bay Buccaneers. All of the Bucs' players received an iPad 2 to replace their oversized playbooks.

Tampa Bay iPad

The iPads also allow players to watch tape of games and practices.

"It's convenient. It's fast," safety Cody Grimm said. "I was snacking out on the couch and watching some film, and realized I was, like, two quarters through a game already."

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