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The PocketGamer.biz week that was: iPad goes mini, Apple set to slam Samsung in the courts, and bugs bash the App Store
By James Nouch 07 July 2012
Game Name: PocketGamer.biz | Manufacturer: Steel Media Ltd | Format: Android, Blackberry, Facebook and social, iPhone, PG.Biz, iPad, 3DS, Windows Phone, Kindle
This week saw rumours of the much-talked-about-but-never-seen iPad Mini rear their head again, with Bloomberg sources claiming Apple was readying a smaller, cheaper tablet for late 2012.

According to those in the know, said tiny tablet would help Apple "maintain dominance of the tablet market" in the face competition from devices like the Nexus 7. But is the Nexus 7 really an iPad competitor?

PocketGamer.biz deputy editor Keith Andrew doesn't think so, and I'd be surprised if Apple did either.

Both the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire are 'content-consumption devices', which is a nice way of saying that neither Google nor Amazon make any money from the hardware. Instead, they hope to generate revenue through on-device sales.

Apple's approach is so lucrative because, as well as reaping a healthy profit from app sales, it also makes a fair portion from the hardware: premium products with premium price tags.

That's not to say that the iPad Mini is an impossibility, but it does seem unlikely that Apple would feel the need to sacrifice its hardware margins to combat such nascent competition.

But that's enough blabbering, so let's swap the waffle for concision as we move on to our bite-sized overview of the last seven days' worth of news.

Platform wars
Legal wrangles
Funding and acquisitions
Industry voices
Monetisation
App discovery
App Store struggles
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