Apple’s Last Strike After the iPhone 5
Just when we thought the iPhone 5 was Apple’s last strike before the year ends; it seems that the California-based tech juggernaut is planning to close the year with another chart-topping device. It won’t let us freak out over the taller and slimmer iPhone 5 alone; hence, the idea of a smaller yet sleeker Apple iPad- the iPad Mini.
For the past few weeks, the iPad Mini rumors started cropping up, immediately overshadowing the increasing popularity of the newly released iPhone 5. In the review forums and tech websites, we saw how tech consumers fervently prayed and yearned for an iPad Mini. This is partly due to the 7-inch tablets trend that is riding high today.
Despite the seemingly late innovation on Apple’s end, brand loyalists are still waiting for an iPad Mini, and chances are, the iPad Mini can still be as profitable as all the other previous iPad models. And now that the iPad Mini is here, let’s see if all our predictions were right!
The iPad Mini comes in the traditional color options: Black and white. Slightly contrary to the rumors, Apple made the iPad a little bit larger than what was expected among the 7-inch tablet competitors. It sports a 7.9-inch screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio; it is measured 29.6 square inches to 21.9 on a 16:9 7-inch table. Its screen has the same resolution as the original iPad and the iPad 2. Definitely, this is sad news for Apple loyalists who are Retina Display fans.
For those who want to dress up their iPad Mini for its much needed protection, the Smart Cover will also be available in a smaller size to fit the shrunken iPad.
For the price, Mashable.com is kind enough to surprise us with slightly bad news:
“The iPad mini starts at $329 for the Wi-Fi-only version with 16GB capacity. Higher capacities and 4G LTE options are available. Prices for Wi-Fi-only versions are: $429 for 32GB, and $529 for 64GB. For the cellular versions, prices are $459, $559 and $659 for 16, 32 and 64GB, respectively. Pre-orders begin Oct. 26. Wi-Fi devices ship Nov. 2, and the cellular models will come about two weeks later.”
In spite of the ‘Retina Display’ absence, the iPad Mini is equipped with the A5 processor- the second latest processor cooked up by Apple. This means that in terms of power, it is as powerful as the iPad 2. It also sports the chip that currently runs the new breed of iPod Touch. It boasts of a front-facing FaceTime 720p camera, with a 5-megapixel camera on the back. Fortunately, it features Apple’s new Lightning connector, which first came out on the iPhone 5.
It seems that the iPad Mini isn’t all the hype we were expecting it to be. Nonetheless, we don’t see the iPad Mini curbing the popularity of Apple products among the finicky tech consumers. Let’s just see what’s going to happen in a few weeks.