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Sources in Cupertino have exclusively confirmed to the Reg that Apple intends to follow up its anticipated iPad success with a miniature, pocket-sized version boasting added voice technology. "The iPad's a great device," an executive familiar with the matter said yesterday. "But think how great it would be if you could carry …


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  1. jeffrey 1
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    I have been reading this story on my beta iPad Nano, keep up the good work

  2. Matthew Glubb

    Joke Alert

    Nuff said.

  3. Anonymous Coward

    Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha

    no words needed really although I am wondering how many comments will be posted before the first serious fanboi comes along with tales of the iPhone etc :-)

  4. Neur0mancer

    You Kids

    With your humour and 'music television'.

  5. lansalot
    Jobs Halo


    Wow !

    This sounds like just the ticket ! I was going to buy an iPad, but knowing there's a smaller, more voicey-version just around the corner makes me determined to grit my teeth, gnaw my thumbs and tweak my earlobes until it arrives.

    Is there a shipping date yet ? Where can I put down some sort of deposit on this mythical device ? And am I OK to tell all my mates I'm getting one ahead of any formal announcement ?

    Ah feck it - I'm off twittering and facebooking all my friends with this tale of technological-triumphery !

    (Sorry, gotta run - phone's ringing and bubblewrap needs bursting..)

    1. Ian McNee
      Paris Hilton



      Oh dear, 'multi-touch' takes on a whole new meaning. And is there a gesture for 'wipe-clean'?

    2. brimful

      iPad mini

      Isn't a iPad mini just the same as an IPod touch? Or am I missing something?

      1. Tom Maddox Silver badge


        Yes, you are.

  6. Shagbert
    Jobs Horns

    iSanitary Napkin

    I was just figuring that Jobs forgot about the announcement til the night before and thought "F*** it, what have we got lying around I can show them??? I know, there's that huge f*cking prototype 'iPod Touch For The Short Sighted' that Bob knocked up when he was drunk that time that when we all laughed at him for it."

    So maybe this is the 'iPod Touch for the Near Sighted with Bonus Voice Features'?

  7. tobyr
    Jobs Horns


    good one El Reg, shame it's almost true, Apple are just descending into ever decreasing design circles wrappd up in ever increasing hyperbole.

    think I'll go climb a tree.....

  8. SuperTim


    That sounds BRILLIANT!!!!!! I cant wait for it, my iphone just doesnt cut it, but if i could get some kind of smaller tablet with a phone in it and seriously reduced battery life, i would snap it up!

    I hope that someone thinks of bringing out some kind of portable record player that allows me to listen to music on the move, maybe using some kind of proprietry in-ear speakers.

    I must admit, i dont know where technology is going next....Fire, the wheel, Elastic-trickery....Amazing!

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    1. Greg J Preece

      2 shillings and sixpence

      Bugger off, shillboy.

    2. Anonymous Coward

      @ AC 13:44

      Looks like it took a grand total of 45 minutes .....

    3. SuperTim

      Sounds exactly like....

      My JAILBROKEN iphone, but not as mobile and more expensive!

    4. Shades

      Wow...'ve got copy and paste! Just how long did you have to wait, and how much did you have to pay, for that value adding technological marvel?

      While I'm at it: "The large, high-resolution screen makes iPad perfect for watching any kind of video: from HD movies and TV shows"

      *cough* BULLSHIT! *cough*

  10. Richard 81

    Oh you.

    How you toy with us.

  11. takuhii

    Hang on....

    wouldn't a pocket sized version fo the iPad otherwise be known as the iPhone??!!

    1. deadlockvictim


      It seems that we are a little slow today. There is a strong possibility that this article was written tongue-in-cheek, and, as a consequence, one must rnot take it at face value.

    2. Christopher Rogers


      You tit.

    3. ElReg!comments!Pierre

      Not at all

      "wouldn't a pocket sized version fo the iPad otherwise be known as the iPhone??!!"

      On the contrary, dear sir, on the contrary...

  12. Lockwood


    Let's make a big iPhone!

    Sure, why not

    Now let's make a small big iPhone!

    Excuse me, sir. Isn't that just an iPhone?


    1. Greg J Preece

      Oh dear

      I am rattling my head off the desk as we speak.

  13. Disco-Legend-Zeke
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    Have they...

    ...trademarked the letter "i" yet?

    It's so great to start the day with a good laugh. Thanks, Reggers.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      They will once they release the next must have toy

      ,,, the iDiot

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  15. Matt.Smart
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    Brilliant work guys.

  16. Anonymous Coward
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    Humble pie

    Should we order it for el reg now?

  17. Sergie Kaponitovicz
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    Sent from my iMac G5 desktop - which I love - but the iPad is a joke. See, not all fanboiz are zealots!

    There's a good article in the Torygraph as well:

  18. Danny 5
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    i've always liked the writing style on el Reg, but not often do i almost fall out of my chair laughing!

    great article!

  19. Ian Ferguson
    Jobs Halo

    Oh wow

    Man, imagine, a MASSIVE iPad on your desk, with a keyboard - it would be just like a common-or-garden iPad in it's dock, standing upright at a slight tilt. The keyboard could connect by Bluetooth, and other things could too, maybe a mouse? Best of all, as you wouldn't need to move it around, you could plug it straight into the mains!

    I'm telling you, Apple is the FUTURE.

  20. Tumbleweed

    Erm, isn't that an iPhone?

    Its yet to be proven how successful the iPad will be. Lack of OSX and no flash card slot are big -ve's for me.


  21. Red Bren

    Proof please!

    Yet more idle speculation about Apple vapourware...

  22. SmallYellowFuzzyDuck, how pweety!

    Title goes here

    So a smaller version of the iPad with a SIM card in it?

    Hmm, they could call it something like an, ooh, iPhone, or is that a silly name?

    I'm sure I won't be the only person to say that...

  23. Catherine Keynes

    Haven't they already done something like that

    With the Newton.

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  25. blackworx


    And you wonder why Apple's PR department never return your calls.

  26. Anonymous Coward

    Not enough Sarcasm

    1/10 too subtle.

  27. Andrew Moore

    Wrong direction...

    Apple are looking to increase the size. The next gen will be called the Max-iPad.

    1. Chris007
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      superb comment

      you missed that one El Reg :-)

  28. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

    Re: Hang on....

    *crying laughing*

    I'm sorry to have to throw you to the internet, takuhii, but show me the moderator who could resist.

    *further crying laughing*

  29. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)


    the proportion of readers of this satirical website who don't appear to grasp the concept of satire.

    *no longer crying laughing*

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      We shoud be grateful

      At least they can read.

      Probably all merkins anyway. Most of the ones I have met seem to have trouble with sarcasm, satire, accents, geography. In that order.

      AC, 'cos work for them.

    2. Natalie Gritpants Silver badge

      Surely The Register isn't a satirical website

      I thought it was more like Private Eye: enough true stuff to be interesting, enough satire to prevent it being sued into oblivion.

    3. Greg J Preece

      Don't worry Sarah

      Some of us keep a few braincells around for articles such as this one. Liked it very much - more please!

    4. Annihilator Silver badge

      Not crying laughing, just crying

      Ah come on. You know you've got some Daily Mail readers that cross-over here occasionally. It's a statistical certainty. Mainly because they're trawling the internet hoping that there is a site somewhere that provides a register of either nonces or immigrants, or preferably both. They end up here for that hopeful reason.

  30. Richmond


    Isn't the iPad just a Trigger Happy TV iPhone?

    I bet the polo-necked one will still managed to sell the mini iPad to the fanbois!!!!

  31. dave 93

    Oh please, just get on with your lives

    OK, they released it, It is what it is, and it isn't what it isn't. Get over yourselves and actually find new stories about new stuff.

    No one forced all the tech news outlets to keep hyping it in advance of the launch, you did that all yourselves. Lazy boys get lots of hits tho.

    For what it is worth, I think it looks like a pretty useful bit of kit at a reasonable price.

    The real tech news angle is that it uses an Apple SoC CPU - that, at least, is something new, and a canny move to protect their IP investment as you can't just copy and crack a piece of hardware so easily.

    Oh yeah, the iPhone/Touch does seem to be quite popular with users, despite (or maybe because of?) the twatphone, jesusphone mudslinging from some quarters. Go figure...

    Come back in a year and see what happened to the iPad.

    Remember - you do not have to buy one if you don't like it.

    1. sandman

      Not just the tech articles

      The mainstream press seem to have been just as obsessed, two whole pages in the Guardian this morning - the first two inside pages. It did strike me that there are a few more important things happening in the world than the release of a niche product by a technology company but my knowledge of what is importnat to the media is obviously defective. Must drink more kool aid.

    2. Jamie Jones Silver badge


      "Come back in a year and see what happened to the iPad."

      Come back in a year and see if you've developed a sense of humour.

  32. Anonymous Coward


    WTF, another Apple product without the keyboard !!!

    They need to re-think their whole product strategy. In fact the what the world needs is a product centred around the full size clickety clackety keyboard, with a pop out small screen if occasionally you want to see what your typing or what someone else sends to you...if you are not able to keep up with the rapidly glowing keys that type out a message to you in real time, a bit like optical morse code.

    Then a mouse could be hung off, a printer, speakers, mic. In fact a very versatile and interactive iKeyboard.

  33. scottboy

    More Apple devices

    I think we need fewer multifunction devices and more specialised gadgets. Could I have something to alert me to the presence of young women in short skirts and low-cut tops? But what to call it?

    <Leslie Phillips voice>


    </Leslie Phillips voice>

    1. Ian Moffatt 1


      You owe me a new keyboard ;-)

  34. Anonymous Coward
    Gates Halo


    Another product for iDle lazy barstewards you have no real work to do but to f around all day with their latest iCrap product.

  35. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Big LOL at the article.

    Even bigger LOL at the idots who missed the joke.

    Should be named and shamed me thinks

  36. frank ly

    Too easy :)

    "Sources in Cupertino have exclusively confirmed to the Reg ..."

    That was too much of a clue, right up front; or were you trying to be kind to the less bright among us?

  37. Jeremy 2

    One of those articles...

    ...where the main story is great but some of the comments just make it... Must be Friday... What? It's not? Bugger.

  38. Alex, Leeds


    Indeed... does anyone know what the iPad is actually *for*?

    1. Geoffrey Summerhayes


      Psst. It's for making Apple money, of course. What else would it be for?

    2. uncle sjohie

      I suggest

      You ask your girlfriend... :-)

  39. Anonymous Coward

    @Sarah Bee

    That's what happens when we let them Yanks onto our world-wide-web.

  40. Steve 40

    I thought the clue was in the first line...

    "Sources in Cupertino have exclusively confirmed to the Reg..."

    Hah, like Apple has ever confirmed anything to the Reg, and exclusively? I think Steve Jobs would sexually harass himself with an Xbox before that happened!

    I'm as disturbed as Sarah that so many people fail to understand satire, though. Le sigh.

  41. Simbooth


    Simple enough;

    16gb- Slim Ipad

    32gb- Regular ipad

    64Gb- Max Ipad!

    All of a sudden madtv's parody has gone through the roof!

    And loving how takuhii seems to have deleted his own post in shame.

    Oh well, time to check my email on the awesome Ipad mini.

    FAIL- as well, its a BFO Ipod touch, with an name which sounds like something which should be shoved in ladies underwear.

    1. Tom Adair

      Maxi pad?

      Sounds like a sanitary product, marketing genius if they go with that!

      1. sT0rNG b4R3 duRiD

        Bloody iPads

        Yes yes yes but will it have 'wings' ?

  42. Roland Newmark
    Black Helicopters

    a netbook without a keyboard?

    Why not just get a netbook for half the money? I know it won't have all the "cool apps" but you'll still get everything you need done in non-cool Windows for a lot less money. There is nothing you can't do on a Windows netbook that this can do (just add Kindle software). While I do admit to being a Apple/iLemming hater, I do understand their other products and why they succeed. But if this sells to the masses I guess I am completely out of touch and will have to start printing Jobs for president stickers.

  43. Tom Reg

    70" iPads coming soon

    As LCD prices continue to drop, they will be soon be cheaper than walls and coffee tables. Likely already are if you shop in the 'right' stores in London.

    Want the dining room table to look like old pine for breakfast and polished marble for dinner? DONE.

    With iPad/Walls installed, you will never have to paint again. Just pay a little extra and adverts for vlagra and Windows 8 will not follow you around the house. Just imagine how great its going to be!

  44. Anonymous Coward

    Anyone who doesn't get this...

    ...doesn't deserve to get one.

  45. cookieMonster

    @Interesting - Sarah Bee

    By any chance can you tell us where they appear to be from??

    One country seems to be pondering the introduction of a dedicated symbol for their special little dears who are .... let's say "challenged"

  46. Shades

    Dear Sara,

    Please stop removing my comments. Deriding the abilitity of someone, who is clearly a troll, to copy and paste Apple bumf, after the fiasco that was copy and paste for the iPhone, without levelling any person insults of any kind to the OP is hardly a cause to dis-allow the comment, is it not? I see far, far more off-topic and foul language comments every day on El Reg and yet they remain.

    Please feel free to punish me, with the liberal application of a good spanking, for my temerity to question the decisions of the moderatix.



    1. Trevor Pott o_O Gold badge


      It's Sarah, not Sara.

      Something to remember too…it’s not always Sarah at the helm. (Which is unfortunate when you spend 15 minutes carefully crafting a comment to troll her, only to have it read by someone else!) The lady does get some days off; your comments may have been moderated by her, by someone else, or by some combination thereof.

      Also: she doesn't remember who any of us are, and probably doesn't care. (Make the appropriate exception for amanfromMars.) The chances that she is somehow purposefully moderating your comments is pretty slim. Besides which, she deals with a lot of comments every day. You could just be a victim of someone else’s comments having put her in a bit of a foul mood.

      Have a pint and relax!

    2. Trevor Pott o_O Gold badge

      Additional reply

      An additional reply, (or maybe not additional if the previous one gets moderated?):

      Don't feel bad, she dinged me too. (A completely innocuous comment on a totally unrelated thread.)

      My guess (based on the comment) is simply that she's read it so many times in so many other comments by now that I'm lucky she didn't crawl through the tubes and stab me in the face with a comma.

  47. Saopaulo101

    already here?

    aren't they just talking about the iphone?

    1. Time for a career change


      <Thud> The sound of the penny dropping.

      Satire, anyone?

  48. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

    Dear Shades,

    I'm terribly sorry but I don't know who you are. I moderate up to 500 comments a day with assistance from others, who may have taken exception to your outpourings. Or it may have been me. I don't recall. We strive for consistency but it's a little like freedom, or justice - unobtainable absolutes that we can only work towards, never truly achieve.

    My name has an H on the end. Perhaps you should remove your eyewear when you sit down to write to me.



    1. Lionel Baden

      app store approval process

      Is now working on The Reg

  49. Anonymous Coward


    I fell for it. I liked the idea of the ipad but it fails in so many ways, largely it is far too BIG. I was hoping for something around 8", 16:9, with voice and multitasking. A device somewhere between the size of an iphone and the ipad (with more power) is what I really want.

    1. David Beck

      @damn: That would be an N900

      no one here today

  50. Laie Techie

    El Reg or The Onion?

    The past few days, I've spotted articles on El Reg which are better suited to The Onion. Is this to be the norm? I like humor as much as the next guy (can't wait for the next episode of BOFH), but El Reg needs to maintain some decorum appropriate for a news source.

    1. Tom Maddox Silver badge


      Not sure if serious.

    2. Trevor Pott o_O Gold badge

      @Laie Techie

      Welcome to El Reg's bootnotes section.

      Onion-like articles are confined here. If you would prefer to read El Reg sans-bootnotes you can browse articles by section, or e-mail the Reg to request a new feature be added to the website. (At the bottom of the page, click on “Company Info,” and the “Contact The Register.” I recommend talking to Phillip Mitchell.)

      This new bootnotes-less version of the site might well be possible to add as a “feature”. (Most readers would call it a “bug.”) Perhaps at

      The chances are the “feature” doesn’t exist simply because it has never been requested.

  51. Anonymous Coward
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    I just came in...

    for the clever wit and comments. We have spanking too? Count me in!

  52. Dick Emery


    I SOOOOOOO want an iPad Nano!

  53. Andus McCoatThen

    *spews pint at keyboard and screen*

    I'm practically passing out laughing at this article, then it gets better with so many who COMPLETELY miss the joke!

    El Reg. Sarah, et al... Well played.

    I'll be expecting the Fedex man with my new keyboard promptly for the damage this has wrought.

    Keep up the good work!

  54. once bitten

    missing the point?

    Stating the obvious - Wouldn't this simply be the derivative of the existing i-phones?

    1. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

      Re: missing the point?

      I could so zap everyone here who didn't get it, especially all the ones after the first one who neither understood the joke nor READ ALL THE COMMENTS POINTING OUT THE JOKE. None of you should be allowed to comment on the internet. Hand back your laminated cards right now.

      1. Steve Foster

        Sarah, Sarah, Sarah

        Slope off down the pub and have a stiff drink.

        You *know* these people (I use the term loosely) don't read beyond the second (third, if you're lucky) paragraph of the story before clicking the "Comment" link, let alone read all the other comments.

  55. Anonymous Coward
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    Yet another piece of 'i' crap to avoid !

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