5. Apple will bundle extra features
The Kindle Fire is a relatively bare-bones device, featuring little storage
(8GB), WiFi-only connectivity and no extra cameras to enhance its entertainment
value. Apple, meanwhile, is expected to load several important features into
its smaller iPad, including dual cameras, a better processor and maybe even 3G
connectivity. All of that should amount to a far more appealing device.
6. A Retina Display shouldn't be a problem
One of the nice things about Apple products is that they come with the
high-quality Retina Displays. But since Apple will be selling the smaller iPad
for a much cheaper price, some wonder if the tablet will boast the Retina Display.
There's no reason to suggest it won't. After all, Apple has the smaller end of
the market covered with the iPhone 4 and 4S, and now the new iPad has the
Retina Display. It shouldn't be too difficult to bring it to a device that has
a screen size fitting in the middle of those two products.
7. Remember iCloud
It's often overlooked, but Apple's iCloud might just be one of the main
reasons the company's customers will stick with its products over the long
haul. The data synchronizing service works across iOS, Mac and PCs, but won't
work on Android-based devices like the Kindle Fire. So, when customers who have
iCloud running are out
looking for a small,
lower cost tablet,
which of the two slates do you think they'll choose?
8. Remember iTunes, too
It's also important to remember that iTunes has long been a huge selling
point for today's mobile customers. Folks who own iPads and have been buying
iTunes songs for years don't want to have to take their libraries to another
platform and find a way to get songs to play on those devices. That's a major
issue for the Kindle Fire if and when the smaller iPad launches to take it on.
9. Current iPad owners will buy it
current iPad owners already have the big slate they need
, there's a very
good chance many of them will flock to buy the new, smaller iPad. Unlike most
other companies, Apple is able to get its current user base to buy its latest
and greatest products even when customers don't have a compelling need for
them. This is just another one of those examples that will help Apple's slate
gain market shareand hurt the Kindle Fire.
10. The screen might be slightly larger
All of this talk of a 7-inch iPad forgets to mention that there's a chancea
good one, if some of the latest reports are to be believedthat the Apple slate
will come with a 7.85-inch display. That might not seem like much, but assuming
that's the case, Apple will have another trump card to tell the world about.
Apple is awfully smart, and there's a good chance that the so-called "7-inch"
screen the smaller iPad is coming with might actually be a 7.85-inch option.
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