The Apple iPad Mini Rumor Mill is Grinding at Full Speed
Apple iPad Mini — Haters Gon Hate?
While the news of a fall Apple media event and new product announcement has been written in wet cement, the talk now is what is to be of an Apple iPad Mini? The attitudes seem to vary from indifference to hatred of the very thought across the web. I rarely have come across the blog post, new article or online comment so far that exclaims: “An iPad Mini? Hell to the Yeah!” And the certainty of the release of an iPad Mini is still anyone’s guess around here.
That doesn’t mean people aren’t excited about the idea of a Mini iPad, and definitely in no way means it will be a dud if released. I believe the Apple fanbase is tempering their thoughts until more is more widely known, and the skeptics have no fear.
There are some pretty compelling reasons to believe an iPad Mini is about to head out the front door. The success of Google’s Nexus 7, made by Asus was eye-opening. Apple surely doesn’t want Samsung and Google prying their way into their house of iPad dominance via a 7 inch crowbar. If there’s money to be made in the tablet market, Apple is going to be there.
Many doubters were concerned that the screen size and aspect ratio of a smaller iPad (or larger iPod, which I’ll get to in a minute) would be a problem. That seems to be answered with an iPad that’s 7.85 inches diagonally, allowing the iPad Mini to be as tall as the current iPad’s width, and with a resolution of 1024 by 768 pixels. Some quick math reveals that this would give the iPad Mini 40% more screen real estate than the Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7. That also may solve what Steve Jobs saw as the problem with a smaller iPad, which was finger-usability, since the interface is a touchscreen. He looked at two dozen different sizes before choosing the current iteration, after all. That size would seem as vast as the Pacific to me after texting and using apps on my iPhone.
However, Steve Jobs has been correct about many things, and even though he is gone, there is definitely a presence still lingering not just around Cupertino, but the entire tech world. And historically new iPads aren’t released until the springtime. Also, the price point would probably be around $50 more than the competitors, the Kindle Fire and Nexus7 tablets. I don’t see that as a big deal for individual consumers, who always shell out more for the Apple logo than they probably should be, considering. With the competition heating up in the tablet market, a trifecta release of a new iPad, iPhone and iPod would be a heavy blow to, well any and everyone.