Apple's iPad mini could be priced much less than the $499 Apple iPad according to a New York Times report.
The report follows a slew of rumours to the effect that Apple is all set to launch a smaller version of it's popular iPad to take on Amazon's Kindle Fire and Google's Nexus 7 tablet.
A Bloomberg report had stated that Apple would launch the mini iPad this October. It added that The new model will have a screen that’s 7 inches to 8 inches diagonally, less than the current 9.7-inch version, said the people, who asked not to be identified because Apple hasn’t made its plans public. Its unlikely that the iPad mini will have Retina Display like the new iPad.
Will Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire suffer if Apple were to join the tiny-tablet market? Yes since both of them are still far from perfect. Price won't be the only factor that could help Apple beat the competition. The Apple brand, along with the reputation of the iPad would be formidable in itself.
Nexus 7 is the first seven inch tablet with 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core CPU, which includes a 12-core Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). Unlike Google's tablet, Amazom's Kindle Fire has a less powerful OMPA 4430, dual-core processor, clocked at 1GHz. The Nexus 7 also has 1 GB RAM, while the Kindle Fire ships with 512MB RAM. Apple could easily outdo the competition by going for higher RAM and a faster processor.
Neither the Nexus 7 nor Kindle Fire has expandable memory and both come with only 8GB of memory. The devices also do not have 3G connectivity, a feature that Apple’s new mini iPad could support and thus kill the competition.
The Kindle Fire doesn’t have a camera while Nexus 7 has a 1.2 megapixel front camera for video-chatting. If the new iPad mini has both, then both the Fire and Nexus 7 could be in some serious trouble.