Apple fans have been anticipating an iPad Mini release for months now. However, finally, a legitimate source has come forward and announced that ‘multiple sources’ say that the iPad Mini will definitely hit the markets on October 17th.
While Steve Jobs was against the idea of a tablet with a screen size any smaller than the first-edition iPad
- Apple may be all for it. Many experts speculate the company will launch a miniature version of their hit device at a lower cost to consumers. Such product deviation could hint at Apple’s motives to stay in step with their competitors. While the Kindle Fire offered much smaller screen space, it did overwhelmingly well in the marketplace, mostly due to its $199 price tag.
The iPad Mini’s price tag will be competitive with devices such as the Samsung Galaxy tablet and the Kindle Fire, and many experts are predicting it will hit the $200-$300 range.
However, it seems like Amazon may be anticipating the release of Apple’s mini tablet, as the price of the Fire has recently dropped fifty dollars from $199 to $150. Such cost depletion makes Amazon’s device absolutely attainable for the masses, whereas a $300 iPad Mini will still be out of many people’s budget-range.
I am interested to see how successful Apple’s mini tablet would be, considering the Kindle Fire’s uniquely literary niche, and ultra-affordable pricing.