After what felt like years of speculating and rumor milling, Apple has finally released the iPad that everyone’s been waiting for: The iPad Mini. But don’t worry, iPhone addicts, unlike what the rumor mill churned out a couple of months ago, the iPad Mini isn’t as big as the Samsung Galaxy Note II, nor does it resemble a smartphone of any sort. If anything, it actually looked just like a miniature version of the 9 inch iPad we all came to love. And nope, apparently, this is no iPhone wannabe! (So you can probably put the “Should I sell my iPhone 3GS now?” thought out of your minds.)
Another Tablet Ticket
Some tech experts and Apple fans thought that with the onset of the iPad Mini, other small screened Apple devices like the iPod Touch and the iPhone would be overshadowed in the market. This is because while all three have primarily different functions (the iPhone being a mobile phone, the iPod Touch being a multimedia device and the iPad Mini being an eBook reader), it is almost impossible to separate their functions especially since they share most attributes and applications.
But in a nutshell, it seems that the tech giant is not actually pining for the mobile device category in general but the 7 inch e-reader category instead. At some point, experts believe that the main reason the Cupertino-based giant is making efforts to enter a specific market is because it has finally realized that people who buy Kindle Fires and Nexus 7 tablets actually buy them for a reason.
The Tablet Race
More than just targeting a different niche or category, tech experts actually believe that Apple is in it for the monetary opportunities a smaller tablet presents. They have wisely priced the iPad Mini, enough to make some people want to sell iPhone 3GS or even an iPad 2. Here’s the great conspiracy theory: It is probable that the reason Apple upgraded the ‘new iPad’ to the ‘iPad with Retina Display’ is because they wanted to create additional value for the 9-inch iPad so its sales wouldn’t be harmed by a smaller, more desirable, 7-inch iPad.
But priced at $329, the smaller iPad isn’t only cheaper, it’s also even better than the iPad 2 in terms of specs! The iPad Mini boasts of a 1024 x 768 resolution at 163 ppi (where the iPad 2 seems kind of old at 9.5 inches and 132 ppi). And while both the iPad 2 and iPad Mini are equipped with dual-core A5 processors, the smaller iPad still wins in camera capabilities with 5 megapixels for the rear camera and 1.2 megapixels for the front camera. The smaller tablet also wins in terms of video recording as it features 1080p HD recording compared to the iPad 2’s 720p HD.
The Quest for Small Mobile Browsers
If you look at it, the demand for smaller mobile browsing devices is actually becoming more apparent in the tech giant’s product line up. From bigger iPods to smaller iPads, you’ll realize that as the years go by people are starting to sell iPhone 3GS and the like to start looking for smaller devices with bigger displays to fit their every need! What do you think? Let us know by commenting on our Disqus box below!