I have seen the future of the iPad and it is mini

“I love my iPad, but I have long grumbled about its weight. When you pick up a 10″ iPad, you know you have picked it up,” Kirk McElhearn writes for Kirkville. “At 651 grams, it’s a hefty device. I’ve always found it a bit too heavy for reading…”

“I use my iPad for consuming media and playing games, not for creating. The larger display doesn’t add anything for me, and the extra weight makes it a bit of a drag,” McElhearn writes. “When I got my iPad mini yesterday (which finally has a 7.9″ screen), I realized that this is the iPad I had been waiting for all along.”

McElhearn writes, “Not only is it smaller and lighter, but it’s thinness makes it feel like a total different device. The lack of heft means that you pick it up easily, with less strain and gravitas than the heavier iPad. At 304 grams, it’s less than half the weight of the full-sized iPad… I will gladly predict that the iPad mini will become the standard iPad, and that, in the future, we’ll look back on the early full-sized iPads with a smirk, the way we look back at the first portable computers.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]


  1. I didn’t think so until I got my iPad mini. It really is much more easy to use long-term. You’ll actually forget about the weight most of the time. I still love my full size iPad and believe they’ll run side by side like Surburbans and Tahoes.

    1. I agree. The iPad and the iPad mini both meet the needs of different users. Like I mentioned, The larger iPad is perfect for me, while the iPad mini is perfect for my wife. I actually don’t even see much cannibalization because of this fact.

      1. That’s the key, Dmac – as you say, the iPad and iPad mini serve different purposes and customers. Personally, I would add the iPod touch (aka iPad nano) in that list. Eventually, as Apple is able to reduce component weight and thickness, there may even be an iPad larger than 9.7″, although that niche might be better served by a system employing retinal projection glasses or flexible/deployable displays rather than a hard screen.

        My point is that those who say that the iPad mini is the future should consider that there are multiple versions/sizes of laptops, iMacs, and other products for a reason. Contrary to the labels on some clothing, one size does *not* fit all.

  2. There’s your problem. I use mine for consumption AND creation. The weight is significantly less than a laptop so I really don’t mind. As I was setting up my wife’s iPad mini, I was struck by how small it is. Sure, there are times the smaller one would be better, but the larger iPad, like my 3rd gen, is incredible as an all-around device. Also, I was shocked at how much I missed my retina display. The mini is an improvement over the iPad 2, having the same pixels in a smaller area, but still no retina.

    All in all, my wife would not have appreciated a full size iPad as much, and since she can put this in her purse and she uses it mostly for consumption (and farming) the iPad mini is perfect for her (as it also obviously is for this writer, who has not realized the full potential and elegance of the iPad.

    I wasn’t sure which I would prefer on trips. Now I am positive: the 10″ iPad is the new workhorse for me. The iMac and MBP stay at the office.

    1. The comment, “There’s your problem,” refers to this quote:“I use my iPad for consuming media and playing games, not for creating. The larger display doesn’t add anything for me, and the extra weight makes it a bit of a drag,” McElhearn writes.

  3. I feel a little sad Apple used a non-RD display for the iPad Mini. Seems to me the smaller the device the more you need RD and the iPad Mini was made for it. Looks like I will have to wait another year. *sigh* After using my iPad 3 I just can’t go back. It’s always the second gen model it seems that’s the sweet spot.

    1. I use the iPad 2. I have never felt like the screen was short on resolution or quality. The iPad mini packs the same pixels in a smaller area, actually increasing the resolution over my IPad 2. As long as one is not switching back and forth between a Retuna display I think most people are going to find the display on the mini just marvelous. You will probably get your Retina mini next year.

      1. Well, that’s the problem. A good number of potential Mini users will have an iPhone 4, 4S or 5. The difference in resolution is immediately apparent – I took a look myself.

        1. Apple did not want to go with iPad 3/4 route, making the tablet thicker and heavier comparing to iPad 2 because of screen requiring much more energy.

          So making iPad mini with Retina display is not only issue of higher cost of the display itself, it is also issue of making bigger, heavier, thicker, pricier battery, thicker and pricier case — so this drags a lot along with Retina resolution itself.

          Next year Apple will be able to use Sharp’s IGZO technology to make iPad 5 lighter and thinner again — maybe even thinner and lighter than iPad 2: for example, thickness could be like 8+ mm and the weight could be like 550 g, which is 100 g less than current iPad 4.

          Alongside with it IGZO technology would allow making of iPad mini 2 with Retina display without increasing the battery, the weight, the thickness and price of the devices.

  4. I got my iPad Mini yesterday. Now I love my iPad 3 even MORE!

    The mini was setup as my device……took ages to load all my apps and stuff. A couple of hours later I was setting it up as my 11 year old’s iPad Mini. He is loving the mini much more than his iPad.

    What I found hard was to go back to the old display from the retina display of the iPad.

    I guess, “once you go retina you never go back”, applies here.

  5. I’m not sure if the mini will replace the larger iPad as the flagship device, but I have to admit it is pretty damn sweet. I picked mine up yesterday and haven’t put it down yet. The design and craftsmanship is in a class by itself. And yes I can say this because I have a Kindle Fire HD. While the Kindle has a higher resolution, it is humiliated in thickness, responsiveness, and quality. I won’t even go into app and OS comparison to allow the Fire to keep some shred of dignity. As for the resolution, it really isn’t bad, but if Apple had been able to add a retina display? The competition could have kissed their collective asses goodbye completely.

      1. Well I do have a life. So I don’t get to spend all my time reading about Apple. And no, I don’t read MacWorld. Used to get the magazine years ago but that was years ago. And wow! I’m flattered that you would take so much of your valuable time to come up with a new username just for me! Wish I had that much time to do useless things.

        1. “Wish I had that much time to do useless things.”

          As opposed to doing useful things like hanging around on this site blathering about how you don’t have the time to do it? Yeah, that makes sense.

      2. “Weekend” is a known Troll, who frequents MDN because he wants to associate with a respectable group of people, instead of his actual basement-dwelling, Cheetos-stained peers.

        When you see the user-name “Weekend”, think “ignore”.

        1. Troll? I make my living with Macs. Wannabe. Sorry my opinions don’t suit your taste. I have an opinion, I’m just not a fanboy. That’s difficult for you to understand. I’d tell you to suck shit through a dead pigs ass but that wouldn’t be nice. So I won’t.

  6. I think Steve was right about the size – the original iPad has the ideal screen size. At home, I will certainly continue to use the retina screen iPad.
    That said, the mini is great device, extremely portable with a build quality second to none. I can carry it in a pocket at work and it will go with me in my backpack everywhere else.

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