Many think that the Apple’s iPad has no real competitors. Yes, Andriod tablets have exceeded the iPad in processing power but the iPad holds strong in overall design, quality, user-interface design and content-rich applications. Sense the Kindle Fire has released, some speculate that it may be starting to dig slightly into potential iPad sales.
The Kindle Fire is by no means a comparative to the iPad. Its much smaller in size, has much slower processing power and a tiny (very tiny) set of apps available for it. ..but at $199, it gives a slice of what the iPad is. Rumor has it that Apple may be working on as low-end version of the iPad to fill in the gap where those who can’t afford Apple’s standard tablet.
“Apple is set to unveil its next-generation iPad—which will come in two versions—at the [MacWorld/iWorld expo] scheduled for January 26, 2012,” read a Dec. 29 report, citing unnamed supply-chain sources. “The new models will join the existing iPad 2 to demonstrate Apple’s complete iPad series targeting the entry-level, mid-range and high-end market segments.”
If these rumors are true, Apple may finally unveil a smaller sized iPad or at least a stripped down iPad at a price point that won’t break the bank.