Apple asking Chinese iPad mini users if the screen is too small

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in iPad edited August 3
Apple is reportedly asking iPad users for feedback on the iPad mini 4, including whether the display is big enough for them, among other questions about their tablet usage habits.




Apple is believed to be preparing the iPad mini 6 for launch this fall, complete with a major overhaul to its design and a larger display. A survey hints that Apple's not quite done yet, and is looking for more input into future developments for the compact tablet.

The survey from Apple, spotted by IT Home questions Chinese users of the iPad mini 4 about the device. While the current iPad mini 5 has the same general design and display as the iPad mini 4, the survey deals with the previous-generation model.

One question asks if the iPad mini 4's display is the right size for the user, with responses ranging from a little or too small to a little or too big.

The survey covers mentions usage habits, with users asked about what apps they use in portrait or landscape orientation on their iPad. Details about the accessories used by iPad mini owners are also requested, including if they use keyboards, earphones, speakers, covers, and other items.

A survey on the iPad mini 4 [via IT Home]
A survey on the iPad mini 4 [via IT Home]


Naturally, Apple also asks about other devices the person may own, including if they have Windows hardware, Samsung devices, Amazon Fire tablets, and game consoles.

While it is expected of a major manufacturer like Apple to conduct product research and invite consumer feedback, it's rare for such a survey to surface in public.

Given the lead times for design and production, it is unlikely that any of the results in the survey will impact Apple's 2021 or early 2022 product launches.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    cincyteecincytee Posts: 344member
    If the mini's screen is too small, shouldn't a customer be buying a different model? Or are iPads going to experience size creep like car models that start compact and soon are midsize? Like small cars, small tablets have a place. 
    muthuk_vanalingamjeffharrisapplguy
  • Reply 2 of 8
    I’d buy an iPad mini BECAUSE the screen is small!

    I’m happy with my iPad Pro 11”.
    patchythepirate
  • Reply 3 of 8
    BeatsBeats Posts: 2,531member
    They say there’s no such thing as a stupid question….
    muthuk_vanalingamapplguy
  • Reply 4 of 8
    Chinese characters have many strokes. To be as visible as English alphabets, Chinese font size 18 is equivalent to 12 of English fonts. 
  • Reply 5 of 8
    applguyapplguy Posts: 169member
    Chinese characters have many strokes. To be as visible as English alphabets, Chinese font size 18 is equivalent to 12 of English fonts. 
    And yet iPhones, with their smaller screen, have been popular for years in China. 
  • Reply 6 of 8
    I like the iPad Mini, but if I could have my idea of the "perfect" display it would be a 16:10 aspect ratio, OLED technology, 8.4" diagonal measure, 360 ppi density.

    I enjoy watching movies in dimly lit rooms. I need to be able to comfortably hold it in one hand while in portrait orientation.

  • Reply 7 of 8
    mcdavemcdave Posts: 1,756member
    “Yep, it’s a tweener” why ask the Chinese? Stereotypically small hands?
  • Reply 8 of 8
    applguy said:
    Chinese characters have many strokes. To be as visible as English alphabets, Chinese font size 18 is equivalent to 12 of English fonts. 
    And yet iPhones, with their smaller screen, have been popular for years in China. 
    The most popular apps are messaging. They need to read only one line at a time. 
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