Last year, speculation was rife that something large could be coming from Apple, nevertheless it turned out to be rather small (or, at the least, smaller than regular).
“Apple’s much-rumored iPad Mini will in fact be called the iPad Mini”. Reported Cnet.com’s Lance Whitney in August last year, and he was right, it was. But before the release of a iPad Mini, Apple were still seen as being dead-set against creating a 7-Inch pc tablet. Naturally, this position could be traced back to late Apple CEO Steve Jobs assertion that anything slighter than a 9.7-Inch tablet would simply be too small.
The apple ipad Mini, at 7.9-Inches, isn’t considered a 7-Inch tablet by Apple. CEO Tim Cook doesn’t believe a 7-Inch tablet to work as a “good product”.
According to Roger Cheng at Cnet.com:
Cook argues that the extra size gives it a much larger viewing area, and isn’t cramped like smaller devices such as the Nexus 7 (…) The slightly larger size gives the iPad Mini a 35 percent larger display, and more than 50 to 60 percent when considering the usable area (excluding the tabs and other bits of interface on Android tablets), Apple executives say.”
It has a bigger screen, then. But only a little bit bigger.
Of course, the iPad Mini has a similar number of pixels as the iPad 2, therefore, the apple ipad Mini can run any app designed for that larger apple ipad. However, this begs the question, how can a product be “not good” at 7-Inches, but nearly as good as a regular apple ipad at 7.9-Inches? It just does not add up. The screen is a lttle bit bigger, using a larger user area, but anyway, this feels like backtracking.
It seems infinitely more likely that Apple wish to dominate the 7″ pc tablet market, currently occupied with the Google Nexus 7 and also the Amazon Kindle fire. As Dan Gallagher from the Wall Street Journal’s ‘Market Watch’ website predicted back in October:
“When Apple lifts the wraps on its expected iPad mini — or whatever the company decides to call its first entry into the 7-inch tablet space — the Cupertino, Calif.-based company will be throwing down a direct challenge to several competitors who have used that segment of the market to carve out a niche against the 10-inch iPad that still accounts for an estimated two-thirds of tablet sales. Most significant among these is Amazon which launched its first tablet called the Kindle Fire last year as a low-priced, smaller entry into the market”.
It appears obvious enough that Apple basically wants a broader share of the market it helped to create. At 7.9 Inches, the iPad Mini is a fine 7″ tablet. In fact, it basically shot to the top of the 7-Inch tablet pc pile Last year day of its’ release, so whatever the real reasons behind its development, Apple can consider the iPad Mini a achievement.