Apple iPad Mini Goes Official, Has Nothing New But Everything You’d Expect!

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The day has come. Finally. Apple Inc has officially extended its reach into the world of small tablets announcing a 7.9” iPad Mini. In terms of business, this will allow Apple to benefit from the growing market demand for smaller tablets.

In terms of competition, the launch of Apple iPad Mini is not less than a blow in the chest of several makers squeezing their best to roll out a competitive Android tablet. But, what’s in it for the common man?

If you already have a regular-sized iPad, it is very likely that you are not going to seriously consider buying a smaller version of the same tablet , perhaps, just for the comfort of a little more ease of portability and lighter weight.

Plus, the new tablet has nothing new or radically different to offer. Regardless, if Apple seems a tasty treat, let’s take a look at what iPad Mini has to offer.

Apple iPad Mini features technology and mettle largely inline with the regular sized iPad albeit it’s 23% thinner and 53% lighter than the iPad. It features an A5 chipset at core powering the tablet for the 5 megapixel iSight camera and FaceTime cameras, 1080p video recording and playback, blazingly fast internet connectivity and enough guts to savor any of the 275000+ apps available on the App Store.

And of course, for anything else, you can just tap the Home button and ask Siri. It will be too happy to help.  Interestingly, it also brings the AirPlay technology, iPad Mini Smart Cover and the smaller lightning connector that we have seen in the iPad.

In short, it’s more or less the same iPad but smaller in size. And like Apple claims, it’s easy to hold it in one hand. Regardless of Steve Jobs’ reluctance towards Apple making a smaller sized iPad, Tim Cook has gone ahead and done the expected.

Whether the iPad Mini will flounder the market  leaders remains to be seen, but at this point of time, the iPad Mini does not seem to be a significant threat to the Amazon Kindle Fire or the Nexus 7 and their likes, particularly considering the hefty price difference between the two.

If Apple drops the iPad Mini price to something more ‘affordable’ for a small tablet, then every passing day will only bring the likes of the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 every step closer to becoming a chronicle of the past, unless the latter does something remarkable to antagonize that.

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We will keep you posted as more details surface. Stay tuned!

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