Originally Posted by ShAdOwXPR
I. Won't buy it but for iPad to become the iPod of tablets it needs a 7" version, only way they will maintain a 80% market share.
This is an excellent reason for them to do it.
seem to be a market for "mini" tablets in this range even if only for eReaders. To dominate the market (assuming that's a goal), they need to have alternative products at all price/size points that are selling.
What I really think people are missing here though is the thought that the iPad is really a whole platform and not just a device. It doesn't make any sense to me that we will move forward into the future on this platform with only one model that's always identical every year. There has to be some differentiation at some point, possibly even some specialised devices for special use cases.
In fact, if this *doesn't* happen, then that's probably your biggest clue that the iPad is actually just a passing fad
as it's just not realistic to expect that every person in the world is going to be satisfied with the exact same hardware for all the myriad of tasks they are going to be using the iPad for.
Many are arguing against this iPad mini here by pointing out that it doesn't do this or that or isn't "perfect" in this or that way like the iPad is, but no one thing is going to be perfect for all tasks for all people. Apple could easily be making a smaller product (or a larger one) for some specific niche of users that want more than the standard iPad can offer.
- What if the new iPad mini is more like a steno pad? And it has a built in pen digitiser?
- What if there is an iPad "maxi" that's 17" diagonally and is used as an art board?
One desktop computer design cannot service everyone on the planet. One laptop design can't either.
At some point there have to be other, different iPad models. Maybe that time is now.