iPad Mini: Smart Move For Apple?
Just because the minority wants another iPad, doesn't mean Cupertino should give the green light.
Rumor has it that Apple may unveil a pint-sized version of its iPad as early as this month. It's something fans have demanded for over a year, in the wake of much smaller Android tablets available at cheaper prices, namely Amazon's Kindle Fire and Google's Nexus 7.
Of course, the real question has nothing to do with whether Apple will release the anticipated iPad Mini, but if it should. While the concept of a more travel friendly tablet may appear perfect for some folks, the current iPad is already ideal, given its slim frame. In three years, we've never viewed the iPad's size as a hindrance.
Not only that, but what will happen to this iPad when the iPad Mini eventually debuts? How does Apple convince consumers to stick with the current model with another, perhaps sexier product on store shelves? Besides, didn't the company just increase the screen of the iPhone 5 to four inches? Where's the middle ground? Eight? Ten? Eleven?
Besides, one of the primary reasons why Android tablets have shrunk is because the originals were clunky by comparison. Something like the Nexus 7 doesn't represent a revolutionary breakthrough as much as an improvement upon a failed design. Team Android has been grasping at straws in the hopes of beating Apple at its own game.
No, the best thing for Apple to do is to find ways to make the next iPad cheaper and a superior value for a consumer's dollar. If this means overhauling the design next spring, when new iPads typically appear, so be it. But don't shove a wedge between the iPhone and iPad. Barring some dramatic decrease in sales, there's simply no need.
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