The iPad mini may well be here at its starting price of US $329, and AUD $369, in its 16GB Wi-Fi only configuration, and going up in stages to just around the double the starting price for the 64GB model with 4G LTE, Wi-Fi and GPS, and it has had a big impact.
Some are calling the iPad mini their favourite new iPad, and aside from the non-Retina display, the weight, size and full iPad compatibility are a joy to behold for any existing iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad user.
Naturally, however, there are always things that can be improved and augmented when going from a version 1.0 device to a version 2.0, so let’s get on with our list of “feature demands” for the next new iPad mini, due sometime in 2013!
Number 1 is the no-brainer of a Retina-display at Apple’s 2048x1536 resolution, but this time without adding to the weight or thickness of the device as is the case with the 3rd and 4th-gen iPads compared to the iPad 2.
Number 2 is to not only yet again maintain the battery life even with this greater pixel load, but to even improve it – again, within the constraints of not adding weight or width.
Number 3 on the list is to invisibly add a stylus digitiser layer to the display, letting end-users write and draw on the screen with a pressure sensitive stylus, as well as preserving and improving full multi-touch capabilities.
Number 4 is to design speakers that invisibly face towards the user, something which will increase the perception of volume, as well as simply including even better speakers, despite the fact the iPad mini’s stereo speakers are not only great but an excellent iDevelopment we’d love to see extended to the entire iDevice range
Number 5 is a radical redesign and upgrade to a stunningly next-gen iOS 7 that not only preserves what we know about iOS and transfers it to the new world effortlessly, while delivering a rebooted, redesigned, full mind-blowingly up-to-date and ultramodern UI.
Number 6 is to build a second Lightning port onto the iPad mini right next to the first, or on one of the other three sides, as was envisioned for the original iPad, giving you an additional expansion and additional power port on device, rather than on accessory. Sadly this one’s doubtful to happen anytime soon.