Steve Jobs was adamant about a lot of things. He knew what he liked, and what he hated. Steve was the driving force behind the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, he held very strong beliefs on what consumers wanted in a tablet, and what they didn’t.
In fact, when the Kindle Fire, and the other smaller screened tablets hit the market, he scoffed at their limited usability saying such devices were not ‘sufficient to create great tablet apps’ and would be ‘dead on arrival.’
Well it seems Apple is departing, at least in some ways from the visions of their former CEO. Rumors are swelling that the mega-tech company is set to release a mini version of the iPad, currently coined the iPad Nano, and the iPad Mini.
Speculation suggests the miniature version would boast a screen between seven and eight inches, offer users premium transportability, as well as a discounted price. However, what does this all say about Apple’s future as a brand? While Apple notoriously derived inspiration from competitors, this seems to mark a brash move to compete with the Google Nexus Tablet, which could indicate Apple sees them as real threat to their empire.
However the iPad Mini could actually hit those markets that the bulkier iPad can’t quite nudge itself into, including the education market, which is looking for more affordable tablets for digital education books.
The iPad Mini is rumored to be released in October 2012 with a price tag of approximately $250-$299.
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