Expect Extra Features, Retina Display

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-05-10 Print this article Print

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

Although 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 share€”and 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 chance€”a good one, if some of the latest reports are to be believed€”that 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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Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, 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 http://twitter.com/donreisinger.

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