First, there’s the iPhone (or iPhones, as it has been lately), but that’s never enough for Apple. They’ve got to sell us on even bigger screens with their tablet lineup, the iPad, a month later. It’s hard to believe that we’re almost already to that point. It’s already been more than a month since Apple officially unveiled the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. And now we’re under a week away from watching the Cupertino-based company unveil probably two new iPads.
And they’ll probably be pretty great, in their own right. Are they going to be the best tablets on the market, spec-for-spec? No, probably not, but considering that’s never really been the goal for Apple, can we just go ahead and get that out of the way right now? Great.
In truth, the iPad Air 2 (or whatever they call it) and the next-generation iPad mini with Retina display are probably going to be worthwhile devices, with features and specs that are indeed good enough for a purchase this year, especially for someone who has been eager to get their hands on a new device. I’m partial to the iPad mini with Retina display 2, personally, but only because I prefer the size — and since I didn’t go with an iPhone 6 Plus, I think I can still justify it.
However, I’m also keenly aware that the iPad mini with Retina display 2 could possibly be a swan song for the smaller iPad lineup. Or, at the very least, the start of one. With bigger iPhones now in the real world and no longer a myth, a smaller tablet might get cannibalized, while people switch gears towards the bigger iPad Air lineup as their secondary iOS device.
All of that makes sense, though. I can completely understand why someone with an iPhone 6 Plus, with its 5.5-inch display, might not want to use an iPad mini with a 7.9-inch display. There’s a noticeable difference there, yes, but for some people it might not be worth it. Now, having a device with a 5.5-inch screen and another with a 9.7-inch screen is certainly more worthwhile.
With that in mind, I can’t help but wonder if the iPad Air 2 is going to get the lion’s share of attention, and maybe even features, when the pair of new tablets are announced soon. Even if the differences are subtle, overall, I’m wondering if they might not be big enough to some — if not most — potential buyers to sway their decision.
And it’s not like Apple would be a stranger to this way of thinking, either.
The differences between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus might not be huge for some, but for the customers that want a device with a longer-lasting battery, a sharper display (for the size), and a camera that has a single, yet important differentiating factor then the iPhone 6 Plus is the easy choice. Even for the size. Apple could be looking to do the same thing with the iPad Air 2, giving it key features to make it stand out, and therefore easier to, eventually, phase out the iPad mini.
That’s a bit extreme, though. And, in truth, my question here is whether or not any of that really matters to you anyway. Do you plan on picking up an iPad Air 2 or a next-gen iPad mini with Retina display? Or are you perfectly content with whatever tablet you already have? And, if that is the case, which one do you have and how long have you had it?