Apple allegedly planning iPad Mini 2, iPhone dominant choice among business users

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As 2012 comes to an end, we’re beginning to get an idea of what’s to come for Apple’s recently released tablets and smartphones. Two new reports have put Apple’s iPad Mini and iPhone 5 into perspective for 2013.

The Cupertino, Calif.-based company is reportedly accelerating its plans for a second-generation iPad Mini, CNET reports. A research note from RBC Capital Markets analyst Doug Freedman shared this news, although his memo did not specify when Apple would consider launching the device.

“iPad Mini Gen-2: Apple’s gen-2 iPad mini is getting pulled-in, and is likely to have several new suppliers, the TXN gaining content,” Freedman’s notes read.

This isn’t the first time rumors have surfaced about a second-generation iPad Mini. Although the 7.9-inch slate was just released in October, rumors have indicated that its successor will feature Apple’s Retina Display technology. Earlier in December, supply chain sources allegedly told DigiTimes that Apple plans to enhance the resolution of its next miniature iPad.

These unnamed sources have not confirmed that this refers to Retina Display, but market observers have reportedly told the website that the second iPad Mini will be based on previous generations of the full-sized iPad.

As for the iPhone 5, recent data shows that Apple’s latest smartphone has gained traction among business users. Email account manager Intermedia has revealed that Apple’s iPhone accounts for 68.2 percent of smartphone activations by medium and small businesses from September through November. The company collected this data from the 500,000 premium hosted accounts that it oversees, according to Apple Insider.

Phones based on Google’s Android software came in second at 25.1 percent, and Research In Motion’s BlackBerry came in third at 4.1 percent. Windows Phone placed last, accounting for only 2.6 percent of smartphones recently activated by business users. Apple’s prominence in this sector of the mobile market doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Although Android comprises most of the general market share, its fragmented operating system doesn’t prove to be a good choice for business users. Apple’s iPhone, on the other hand, features a platform that is more secure and seamless than its Google competitor.

It’s also worth noting that the iPad completely dominates the mobile business market when it comes to tablets. Apple’s slate accounts for 92.6 percent of recently activated accounts according to Intermedia.