If and when that happens, the large iPad is poised to be lynchpin to a Surface-like device for Apple. First, Apple needs to jump back into the keyboard-accessory landscape. Second, iOS needs to support a more Mac-like environment. There are likely to be other surprises, too. For the immediate future, the iPad looks like it's very happy staying the course with two lines of attractive products. After that, I hope the iPad and iOS become as aggressively forward-looking as I'd like them to be. Right now, the future experimentation belongs to Microsoft. The stability belongs to Apple.
Microsoft has the Surface, Apple has the iPad Mini, Where do things go from here? The immediate future may look a lot like the present, Now that the iPad line has split into two families, the Mini and the Retina, it might make you wonder where the iPad, as a product, is heading, I've wondered it, too, even going back to the days golden marble - black and gold marble pattern, textured design iphone case before the Mini, The third-gen Retina Display iPad was such a complete product that it made me curious: where could iPads go next?, Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic, We delete comments that violate our policy, which we encourage you to read, Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion..
What you may not know is that the online Apple Store now sells the refurbished iPad 2 with Wi-Fi (16GB) for $319 shipped. (It's also available in white for that price.). That begs a very interesting question: with a price difference of just $10, which is the smarter buy? (I know, I know: "The Kindle Fire!" Ba-dump-bump. We're here to compare Apples and Apples, people -- literally.). It might seem obvious to choose a new unit over something that's refurbished, but as I've pointed out many times before, Apple refurbs are quite literally good as new. The $319 iPad 2 will come with a new outer shell, new battery, and one-year warranty. There's literally no downside.
Meanwhile, much has been made of the fact that the iPad Mini shares a lot of the iPad 2's DNA, Both have Apple's dual-core A5 processor, and both have a golden marble - black and gold marble pattern, textured design iphone case 1,024x768-pixel screen, These two models each have Wi-Fi and 16GB of storage, Both can record HD video, though the iPad 2 tops out at 720p while the Mini shoots at 1080p (meaning it'll burn through that 16GB that much quicker), The Mini has a much better rear-facing camera, On the flipside, the Mini saddles you with the Lightning connector -- not a great option if you already own a lot of dock-connector cables and accessories..
So, there you have it: nearly identical iPads, one with a 7.9-inch screen, one with a 9.7-inch screen. One priced at $329, and the other at $319. Decisions, decisions. I think the $319 iPad 2 is the deal to beat. It's the same model that sold new for $499 as recently as March. And although it's not as easy to one-hand as the iPad Mini, well, where tablets are concerned, many users find bigger to be better. Your thoughts?. While supplies last, Apple is offering the refurbished (but good-as-new) iPad 2 for less than the price of a new Mini. Which is the better buy?.