The Price of the iPad Mini
Apple is not exactly known for their low prices, and to be honest the everyday consumer can probably find a much more powerful small sized tablet for a lower price. Fortunately, Apple has app inventory and stability on their side. For a starting price of $329, enterprises can arm a staff of 30 under $10,000.
The Size of the iPad Mini
The 7.9 inch iPad mini is meant to compete with the Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7, which are both around 7 inch tablets. Although Apple was not supposed to release a competitor to smaller tablets, they decided to go head to head with their main competitors for double the price… (it is amazing what brand equity does)
Developer Support for iOS
Apple offers excellent developer support and iOS development is fairly straightforward for team of software engineers. The iOS standard development kit provides excellent pre-built user interface elements allowing for user friendly organizational tools
Existing App Inventory of iOS
It is hard to ignore the existing app inventory of the iOS platform. Your enterprise staff can play angry birds, temple run and draw something while at the office (note the sarcasm). All jokes aside, iOS has many applications that can be used internally, and can even be integrated into a custom application.
File Management Can be Tricky with iOS
Everyone is aware of the issues with iOS opening certain file types. There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to edit documents on the go. There are some third party apps that work, but they can be frustrating as well.
No Microsoft Office on Apple Devices
In case you haven’t heard, Microsoft office is not available on iOS devices. Unless Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer decides to give in to the temptation of iOS app development, we do not predict Office is coming to iPad mini anytime soon. If Microsoft was not trying to compete heavily in the mobile space, it may be a possibility. If Office is important, maybe a windows surface tablet is a good option.Read More
The company behind the iPad introduced a shrunken version of the world’s most popular tablet on Tuesday. The iPad Mini, with its 7.9-inch screen, is smaller and less expensive than the traditional 10-inch model, but is otherwise similar in form and function. It allows Apple to capitalize on the success of the iPad by targeting customers who may be turned off by the tablet’s size or its price tag.