iPad being an essential gadget, Apple plans to launch its mini and less costly version. Reportedly, the iPad mini is due for launch on October 17 to gain leverage from the holiday-buying season.
If the rumors are accepted to be true, it is astonishing to see that Apple will launch an iPad, sporting a screen of somewhere close to 7 inches, despite the fact that Steve Jobs had rejected the idea of making a 7 inch tablet saying, “It’s meaningless unless your tablet also includes sandpaper, so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one quarter of their present size.”
After Jobs rejection, Amazon launched its benchmark tablet, Kindle, which sports 7 inch screen. The prices of Kindle ranged from $99 to $299; whereas, iPad charged its users a whopping $500, which is nearly thrice than that of Amazon Kindle.
So fat, Amazon sold an estimated 5 million Kindle Fire devices, making it the second largest popular tablet in the world. On the other hand, Apple iPad lost its popularity in the market with only 48 percent subscribers to that of 81 percent a year earlier.
Probable iPad Features
Small tablet to fit in the purse and significantly slashed down price would be the two important customer demands. Besides, the tablet will connect to the wireless carriers’ 3G and 4G data networks. Remaining features are expected to remain the same, while they will be made compatible to the mini device.