Apple iPad Mini Design: 10 Features We'd Like to See

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-04-16 Print this article Print

NEWS ANALYSIS: There’s talk that Apple will launch a new smaller size tablet called the iPad Mini this year that will be in the same price and feature range as the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Barnes & Noble Nook. Here are some features that most everyone will want if this new model actually appears.

Although Apple€™s new iPad has only been on store shelves for weeks, the company is reportedly planning to launch a new slate later this year, called the iPad Mini. As its name might suggest, the device will reportedly come with a smaller screen size and a far more affordable price tag, and compete against Amazon€™s Kindle Fire and the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet. If and when the device launches, it could be a sales juggernaut.

That said, nothing in the technology space is guaranteed, even if it is an Apple product. For the iPad Mini to succeed, it€™ll need to include perks that would convince consumers to ditch plans to buy the Kindle Fire or Nook and pick up Apple€™s alternative. Chances are, many people will do just that just because the new device has an Apple logo on it. But like anything else in the technology space, no product€™s success can be assured.

In an effort to maximize the iPad Mini€™s chances of success, however, Apple should offer several specific features that could make the iPad Mini the most sought-after small tablet this year.

Read on to learn more.

1. Retina Display

Apple€™s new iPad was the first slate model from the company to come with the firm€™s Retina display. The Retina display provides outstanding resolution and is quite widely believed to be the benchmark by which all other mobile devices should be judged. Let€™s hope it makes its way to the iPad Mini.

2. Give it at least 3G connectivity

Although the new iPad launched with 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) connectivity, if Apple wants its iPad Mini to compete against the Kindle Fire at the same price-feature point, the ultra-high-speed service won€™t be coming to the smaller tablet. Still, Apple can bundle 3G in the device to differentiate it from the WiFi-only Kindle Fire.

3. A dramatically reduced price

Apple is well-known as a company that will charge customers a significant premium just to get their hands on its products. But if the iPad Mini is going to go up against the $199 Kindle Fire, it€™ll need to be much cheaper than the lowest-priced new iPad, which comes in at $499. A $250 price tag would be ideal.

4. Ship it with iOS 6

Apple is expected to launch the iPad Mini at some point toward the end of 2012. When that happens, the last thing Apple should do is bring iOS 5 to the device. Apple will likely launch iOS 6 over the summer, making it a near-necessity for the company to bundle its latest software in the device.

Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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