Ipad Mini To Replace ipod touch?

There are strong rumors that Apple will release a new, small mobile tablet for just games and apps. I’d just like to point out to the many that ignore this fact that Apple already has a device like this. It’s called an iPod touch. And as I see it, when the iPad mini (or whatever they call it) comes around, the iPod touch will be out the window.

The iPhone was popular,  but it was the affordable touch that really launched the mobile revolution. Millions of kids put it on their wish lists, and it sold incredibly well, bringing along app sales as well. But as smartphones and tablets such as Google’s Nexus 7 become more affordable and prevalent, the iPod touch is losing relevance.

This is where the new iPad mini will come in. The new iPad mini will be an affordable, mid-sized mobile device for the masses. Don’t expect it to be too much smaller than the iPad though. With the new iPhone likely growing in size to around 4 inches of screen real estate, they don’t want to cannibalize phone sales. The latest rumors, the industry, and common sense point to a screen at around 7 inches in size like Google’s Nexus 7, Barnes and Noble’s Nook Touch, and Amazon’s Kindle Fire. The screen will definitely be Retina Quality.

 Unlike the android tablets listed above, I believe (although many reporters disagree) that the new nano-sized iPad will have a 4:3 aspect ratio similar to the iPad’s. To compare, the Kindle fire has a 17:10 screen aspect ratio. That means much more screen real estate. The tablet will undoubtably be very light, thin, and sturdy which provides another advantage over competitors who have been using less sturdy plastics. Cameras will probably be the same as the current iPod touch, and it may offer 4G.

Now what everybody cares about. Price. I expect the new devices will probably start at around $350 or about $150 cheaper than the cheapest full-sized iPad. So those are my predictions. I’m confident in them, and you’ll see in late October or sometime around then.

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2 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Not to
    be a hatef but the ipad mini is NOT replacing the itouch because has a smaller screen,(about 3 INCHES smaller).
    I know someone who works for apple and they we were talking about the release date for the IPOD TOUCH which is schedulded some time in october unlike the
    new ipad coming in october 12

  2. Flier says:

    Sorry. You're incorrect. The new iphone screen will be an inch larger which will mean an only 3 inch screen size difference or less. The price difference between a mini and an itouch would be minimal which would cannabalize sales. There are less than 15 people at Apple who know the details of a product two months before release, and those people would lose their job and face a penalty of tens of thousands for even speculating on a product with anyone by contract. In short, your friend is a liar, and most likely wrong.

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