Is the iPad Mini 2 release date really worth waiting for? Or are we once again in for a repeat dose of Apple adding a little spit-polish to something we’ve already got our hands on?
Despite having been ruled out by Steve Jobs as a concept with no place on the market and no realistic use, the iPad Mini has become an incredible success story for Apple. In fact, such is the popularity of the smaller iPad Mini that current production of the full-size iPad 4 has apparently been switched down a gear in order to focus more efforts on building the numbers of its little brother.
What’s interesting about the whole thing is the way in which the iPad Mini technically isn’t superior to the full-sized iPad in terms of power, specs or overall value for money. As such, it has been proved beyond all reasonable doubt that the smaller tablet market appears to be where it’s at these days, which in turn would make the iPad Mini 2 release date one of the most highly anticipated of the year.
The question therefore is – what can we expect the second time around from a tablet we were promised would never exist?
Well, first and foremost we’re told that the iPad Mini 2 will indeed feature the Retina quality display panel we’d been largely expecting the first time around – a panel with a PPI count that comes in close to that of the iPhone 5 and way above that of the iPad 4.
In addition, there’s a decent chance that the processor will have been souped up and the case emblazoned with various new color options.
On the downside, chances are that such an impressive Retina panel and faster processor will put a huge additional drain on the battery, demanding a larger and therefore heavier battery-pack. Roughly translated, what this amounts to is an iPad Mini 2 that could both measure and weigh-in slightly higher than the current iPad Mini, which isn’t exactly a good thing given the way in which we seem to love it for its lightweight and slender form.
There are ways and means around the problem which include the use of IGZO screens, but given the way in which Sharp has already said the technology won’t be ready for Smartphone use for quite some time, chance are we’ll be looking at the iPad Mini 3 by the time it becomes standard.
So, will the iPad Mini 2 release date be worth waiting for? Yes – because even if the second-generation version doesn’t deliver enough to tempt you, the price-cuts it brings to the current iPad Mini probably will!