Brian White of Topeka Capital claims he tested an earlier version of the iPad mini and said that it is smaller, lighter, more refined and easily tucked into a jacket or purse. In other words: fantastic! The iPad mini may also be just the right device for students due to that smaller size and more affordable price.
He also made a guess at its price: the iPad mini will come as both Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + cellular, and the entry level 7.85-inch iPad will cost - according to White - will cost between $250 and $300.
Pricing won't be the only feature of the iPad mini event though, and Apple is expected to emphasize education once again with its new, smaller tablet. Fact is, the year started with Apple claiming education was in its DNA, and this seems to distinguish 2012 as a whole. We've heard recent reports highlighting the tablet's educational value, and we've seen (Android) tablets flooding elementary schools in Taiwan and India, helped by the government's sponsorship.
Since the launch of the original iPad, educators have begun to use it in the classroom, with tests showing students are more attracted and appear more motivated when interacting with the iPad. However, its $499 price isn't very budget friendly, especially when considering a bulk purchase for an entire school.
There are many examples of educational success stories, such as San Diego's school district that took advantage of the discounted iPad and purchased it for under $400. Then there's the McAllen Independent School district in Texas that decided to spend $3.5 million on 25,000 iPads for their schools.
As the above initiatives show, a revolution has begun in the educational sector with Apple at the forefront leading the charge. They have since added to their education initiative with such products as its updated iTunes U, the rumored iBooks 3.0, and most importantly, a more affordable iPad that more schools will be able to get their hands on. It will be smaller, but that 7.85-inch screen, weight drop, and smaller size will be the perfect fit for a classroom.
Obviously this is just one aspect of Apple's iPad mini marketing campaign, and the device can't replace all the books in a school, but it's another step in the right direction to eventually achieving that goal.
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