Tablet technology is charging full steam ahead these days. Every few months or so it seems that some company or another has come out with something fresh to try to catch part of the wave. Arguably, Apple has been leading the pack with their release of the iPad, iPad 2, new iPad and now the iPad mini. Although other tablets have enjoyed success due to unique features or being at a lower price point and have certainly created an increase in competition, there is little to no argument about Apple’s dominance in tablets for educational purposes.
According to EducationNews.org, Apple has been more focused on the education sector since inception, and has steadily increased its sales lead to educational institutions since the beginning of the tablet race. The announcement of the iPad Mini was held this week and those looking for more discussion about educational uses were not disappointed. One huge perk to the newest iPad model is that a revamping of iBooksAuthor will allow e-textbook authors to market and design their own books.
With such a huge percentage of schoolwork being completed on, or with the help of, digital media devices, having a strong educationally minded tablet creates a leg up on the competition. Apple has many different educational relationships in which institutions purchase thousands of devices for students in their respective districts. The library of applications alone is a huge benefit, not to mention the fact that students only have to carry a light tablet instead of many cumbersome textbooks.
With so many quick new redesigns, however, has Apple alienated the people who continue to buy their tablet products? The iPad Mini was revealed at only $70 cheaper than the full-scale new iPad released a short time ago. However, the smaller tablet will definitely be ideal for kid-sized fingers and transporting from classroom to classroom. Time will tell, but it is clear that Apple continues to drive innovative thinking and, as of now, still rules the tablet world.
What do you think- is Apple releasing products too quickly? Would you be annoyed if you bought a new iPad and now the redesigned iPad Mini was released shortly after? Share your thoughts below!