#ipad mini

John Poole:

The iPad Air is over 5x faster than the iPad 2, yet is only $100 more expensive. I do not understand why Apple kept the iPad 2 around, especially at a $399 price point. What market are they targeting?

My only answer to that is the education market. But I can’t pretend to really understand it either. 

More importantly, the iPad 2 has the same internals as the current iPad mini. So the new iPad mini — which has the same internals as the iPad Air — is going to be 5x faster than the current mini. That’s absolutely insane. 

Anonymous asked:

With new iPad's on the horizon, I was wondering how often you still used your iPad or iPad mini? I have found that recently I have stopped using my iPad 2nd Gen; however, I find myself using my iPhone and Kindle Paperwhite more than ever. It seems like a retina iPad mini would be perfect and I am fairly certain one is in my future. Would be interested to know if your iPad use has remained constant or fallen off at all.

I use both iPads regularly. I find myself taking the iPad mini with me where ever I go (both on trips and just in my work bag), while I tend to leave the regular iPad at home. 

A retina iPad mini may tempt me to only use that device, though I do still like the larger screen when I’m sitting at home on the couch. My main issue with that device is the weight, and that’s supposedly being remedied this time around.

I have a Kindle Paperwhite as well, though I only tend to use that while reading before going to bed (or on a sunny beach). 

I know I’m a device outlier — most folks will only get and use one of these devices. My guess is that a retina iPad mini will be the right call for most people. But we’ll see next week!

mattruby asked:

About a year ago you wrote about the iPad mini fitting into your device lineup. I have an iPad mini and I'm wondering if your Kindle Paperwhite still gets any use. Is it worth picking up a Paperwhite as well? What do you think of the benefits of the Kindle inventory and the lending library vs iBooks inventory?

I do use the Kindle Paperwhite on nearly a nightly basis. After staring a backlit screens all day long, I still find the Paperwhite nice on my eyes before I go to sleep. I’m also about to take off to a beach for the long weekend and it’s definitely great in that setting. 

Overall, the Kindle inventory and lending library aspect seems better than iBooks, but I actually like the look of iBooks better. Kindle has been getting better at removing some of the cruft in the reading experience, but there’s still more to go. 

Long story short: I don’t really use the iPad mini for reading books, but I use it all the time for reading the internet. I use the Kindle Paperwhite for reading books. We’ll see if a retina iPad mini changes that equation.

Tom Warren:

Microsoft is building its own 7-inch gaming tablet. Multiple sources familiar with plans within Redmond have confirmed to The Verge that initial hardware planning for an Xbox Surface is underway.

This makes a lot of sense. The iPad mini is a killer gaming device — to the point that I believe it’s going to alter console sales. Microsoft needs to be in this space with Xbox.

Though I’m not sure if marketing it as just a gaming device will be a good or bad thing. Could go either way.

dokital asked:

So if in a year we get a retina iPad mini that has the same resolution as the iPhone 5, how will tablet apps work since those are aimed at the iPad's resolution and size?

Simple: it will be the same resolution as the third and fourth generation iPads — the retina ones. They’ll simply double the resolution of the iPad mini, not target the iPhone 5.

John Gruber remarking on Dan Frommer’s post on the iPad mini being the “real iPad”:

I think the 9.7-inch size was better to start with conceptually, to establish the iPad in consumers’ minds as something they might want to own. The biggest complaint about the original iPad upon its unveiling was that it was nothing more than a “big iPhone”. That would have been an even bigger complaint if they’d launched with the smaller 7.9-inch display instead. The bigger difference in physical size made it even more likely that developers would do the work to create iPad-optimized versions of their iPhone apps, too.

Had Apple initially launched a 7.9-inch iPad, I actually think it may have failed. It simply would have been deemed too close in size to the iPhone/iPod touch. “Tablets make no sense” yadda yadda.

It took the 9.7-inch as a sort of proof-of-concept and perhaps just as importantly, a catalyst to get developers thinking about the tablet as different from the smartphone. The iPad mini directly benefits from both developers and consumers now willing to think differently.