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 Apples 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 Amazons Kindle Fire and the
Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet. If and when the device launches, it could be a
That said, nothing in the
technology space is guaranteed, even if it is an Apple product. For the iPad
Mini to succeed, itll need to include perks that would convince consumers to
ditch plans to buy the Kindle Fire or Nook and pick up Apples 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 products
success can be assured.
In an effort to maximize the
iPad Minis chances of success, however, Apple should offer several specific
features that could make the iPad Mini the most sought-after small tablet this
Read on to learn more.
1. Retina Display
Apples new iPad was the
first slate model from the company to come with the firms 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. Lets 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 wont be coming to the smaller tablet. Still,
Apple can bundle 3G in the device to differentiate it from the WiFi-only Kindle
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, itll 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.