It has been perhaps the most rumored and probably the most anticipated event of 2012. But surprisingly, it was predicted earlier that Apple would be holding an event on 23rd of October because finally, Apple has started sending out invites for an event on 23rd October with the title, “ We’ve Got A Little More To Show You” and perhaps no person who has even a little interest in technology has a doubt of what is the “little More” thing that Apple is about to show the tech world on that event: The iPad Mini Is Finally Here
It looks like this event was planned since a long time, back since Amazon unveiled the Kindle Fire in 2011 showing that there was a niche in the market for small portable tablets as well. And after Google followed the same line with its 7 inch Nexus 7 tablet, it looked like it was only a matter of time before Apple did the same. Apple is the only one who has enjoyed success in the tablet market, and if it manages to introduce a middle specification little brother of the iPad at a moderate price, then it’s Apple all the way.
The iPad Mini is rumored to have a 7.85 Inch(Non-Retina) display, an A5 processor, the usual connectivity options of Wi-Fi, 3G, and possibly, even 4G LTE connectivity. All in all, it looks like a worthy competitor to the Nexus 7 and the recently announced Kindle Fire HD, but the main question is the price point. Personally, I think Apple would do great even if the iPad Mini is priced at around $249-299 because people expect Apple products to be of high quality and don’t usually mind paying $50-100 more for an Apple branded product.
Perhaps Apple’s new stance of “doubling down on secrecy” isn’t working that well, because just like the iPhone 5, the iPad Mini doesn’t looks like it would be surprising us with anything we don’t know already. Rumors and leaks have told us all we wanted to know(or did we?). Wouldn’t it have been better to have just remained in dark and be surprise by the iPad Mini?