The Complications of an iPad mini.
I don't even feel like writing an introduction. Here are 3 reasons.
<p>1) To Retina or Not to Retina?
<p>The iPhone's display is 3.5 inches and about 330 ppi. The iPads display is 9.7 inches and about 260 ppi. A 7-inch tablet with a Retina Display must be in between those two, certainly a lot closer to the 10 inch iPad because it's resolution is superhigh in comparison to its size (the pixels on the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity are also indistinguishable and it's resolution is closer to 220). Assuming the iPad Mini has the same display ratio as the original iPad, the resolution can either be 1024 x 768 (same as the iPad 2) or 2048 x 1536 (same as the new iPad). Anything else brings scaling issues to the existing apps available.
<p>Using some supercomplicated maths (not really), the iPad mini would end up with a resolution of either 182 ppi or 364 ppi, neither of them falling within adequate range (between 220 and 330 ppi). If the screen size was 7.8 inches, the resolutions change to 164 and 328 ppi. 328 ppi barely falls within range, but suffers from the same overkill problem the new iPad has; it's too much and severely drains battery life. It may be worse for the iPad mini, as the battery will certainly be smaller than that of the new iPad.
<p>2) A Limiting Display Ratio
<p>To keep this simple, a 7 inch screen with a 4:3 display ratio is good for little else than reading. Widescreen is batter for video, and a bigger screen is better for web browsing. This will result in the iPad mini being a niche high-end e-reader, but thats what the inevitable Kindle Fire 2 will probably be.
<p>3) Uncompetitive Pricing.
<p>Yes, Apple products are almost always more expensive than their competitors (in this case, the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire). However, if the iPad mini gets priced anywhere under $300, it'll actually be competing against its younger sister, the iPod touch. In fact, no matter where it's priced, the iPod touch will beat it in terms of hard drive space, portability, and just plain common sense. Who is going to buy an (inevitably) overpriced e-reader from the same company that makes the iPod touch? Will the extra few hundred thousand apps (that aren't optimized for 7 inch screens) be enough to sway people over? I don't think so.
<p>Then again, it is Apple. The original iPad didn't make sense to me at first either, and I'm typing this on one now.