Regardless if you fancy the idea of having a smaller, cheaper tablet device from Apple, the rumors surrounding the iPad Mini are not going away anytime soon. There have been some speculations that the Cupertino company is set to announce the iPad Mini sometime this month. According to a previous report, the iPad Mini event is going to be an intimate affair which will take place in Town Hall Auditorium in Cupertino on October 23. Although there is no shortage of speculations from the media, Apple of course is yet to confirm these claims. Now according to a new report, if the said media turned out to be true, it will not only introduce the iPad Mini but it will focus heavily on Apple's content, in particular, iBooks publications and movies.
According to a report by the folks from TheNextWeb, Apple's hypothetical iPad Mini event will strongly focus on iBooks. iBooks has been enjoying quite a good deal of success ever since it was announced. If you are going to think about it, it indeed makes sense for Apple to make this approach as it enables the company to hit two birds with one stone. It is quite probable that Apple will announce an update to iBooks. Perhaps the company will announce iBooks 3 with expanded support for annotations, a feature similar to Amazon’s Kindle x-Ray feature, or maybe added support for audio and text-book syncing. With the iPhone 5 being available, it is also highly likely that the new iBooks will be optimized for the new screen format. Aside from literature, it is also expected that Apple will touch on another medium that people will surely use their Mini iPad for: movies.
For Apple to penetrate the market for smaller tablets is not exactly a straightforward venture. The market is already dominated by devices from Amazon and Google such as the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7. If Apple wants to make a true impact in the miniature tablet market and make the iPad Mini a force to reckon with, the company will have to step up their game. This can be done by adding new features and options than what's already available. In short, they will have to outdo the competition right from the get-go.
But of course, all of these are merely speculations at this point. Although there may be some focus on iBooks, the star of the event is definitely the iPad Mini, granted that everything is indeed accurate. The mid-range to low-end tablet markets are sectors which aren't explored by Apple yet. With the release of the iPad Mini, this will enable the Cupertino company to address both fronts. It would be interesting to see what Apple has in store for us. October 23rd can't come soon enough for the iPad Mini event. [via TheNextWeb]Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback