Could the iPad Mini Be The Hot Holiday Item?

As if there was ever any doubt, Apple now owns the holidays.

Since the debut of the iPod, Apple has found a way to debut a new product almost every holiday season that has people lining up at the Apple store every year. It looks like this year will be no different.

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Apple will be presenting a smaller sized iPad, currently being referred to as the iPad Mini, which will sport a screen smaller than 8 inches. The current iPad is about 9.7 inches, and has not seen a screen size change since its launch. The souces said that Aple was working with LG on the display and has signaled its manufacturing partners that they want to have the first shipments ready at the end of the third quarter of this year.

Bloomberg Business News reported that the smaller and cheaper iPad might be announced in October. Other industry analysts believe that the iPad Mini will likely retail at around $199, the same price as the Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7 tablet.
n June, has a larger 10.6-inch display, but pricing has yet to be announced. Windows division president Steven Sinofsky said the device will be “priced like comparable tablets.”
Surface is also expected to debut on store shelves this fall in time for Christmas.

Now, I don’t want to be a spoilsport, because I love new tech probably more than most. However, I just want to point out that it’s not like there is a lack of wireless tech out there.

Let’s see, we currently have:

Laptops — Still the poison of choice for business and personal use.
iPads — The more fully featured version of the modern tablet that is becoming the standard for high-end personal and business use.
Tablets — Though the main difference between the basic tablet and the iPad is the operating system, Apple’s suite of cloud-based tools is more comprehensive than the Galaxy and the Nexus, though both Android and Google are a very close second with their firmware.
iPhones and Smartphones — Am I the only one who is befuddled by the fact that making a call seems to be a secondary function of the smartphone. I mean, sure, you can take photos, trade pics, download and listen to music and text until your thumbs are the size of cucumbers, but doesn’t anyone want to talk on the phone anymore?

I thought it was interesting that one of the first TV ads to debut the iPhone featured a video-call, where both callers could see each other. Very futuristic, but it doesn’t take into consideration the reality of the modern phone call. If we’re at the office, that’s fine, but if we’re home, do we really want people to see us unshowered, unshaven and in sweatpants? Nice feature, very cool — I probably would never use it.

But this holiday season, we hop back on the rollercoaster again. For all those people who couldn’t wait for a smaller iPad and bought a Kindle or Nexus, I’m truly sorry. But don’t feel obligated to buy an iPad Mini. Next year, Apple will make something else you can’t live without.

And I’ll probably be one of the first to buy it.

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