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11 features we'd like to see in the iPad mini

David Court | Oct. 17, 2012
Apple is set to launch its much anticipated iPad mini this week. Here is a list of 11 features we'd like to see in the iPad mini.

11 things we'd like to see in the iPad mini - the launch of the iPad mini is nearly here. Apple has been teasing the tech world with little leaks here and there, but now it looks as if the wait is nearly over and the world will soon get a look at the iPad mini.

So what we have got in store for you here, is '11 things we'd like to see in the iPad mini'. As you can probably tell from the title, this isn't a confirmed list of iPad mini specs - far from it in fact - it's merely an unassuming collection of features that would be nice if the iPad mini included. 

11 features we'd like to see in the iPad mini

1. 4G

A lot was made about the iPad mini's big brother being 4G compatible, and it was a great feature. The only problem was that the 4G LTE that the iPad proper came with was the wrong frequency to work in the UK. So we'd love to see the iPad mini beat the odds and come equipped with superfast 4G. 

Likeliness: 3/10

Apple has been drawn into the smaller tablet market thanks to the likes of the very cheap Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD. While, we expect Apple's iPad mini to be a class above both of these tablets, we still expect the iPad mini to be a slightly more affordable tablet than previous iPads, and the only way Apple can achieve this is by excluding non-essential features, something that 4G certainly is. In fact, we'd be impressed if 3G was even available in the iPad mini, as we expect it to come equipped with Wi-Fi only.

2. NFC

It was a bit of a shock that last month's iPhone 5 launch didn't see the inclusion of NFC as one of its main attributes. Instead, Apple opted for championing its new iOS 6 feature, Passbook, which uses barcodes displayed on its screen, and in all honesty is probably a poor man's work-around for not having NFC. Having near field communication technology in the nearly pocketable (certainly handbag-able) iPad mini would be a nice and almost Steve Jobs-eque touch. 

Likeliness: 3/10

Apple are likely to stick with its new iOS 6 feature Passbook in the iPad mini, and try and champion that instead of the need for NFC. It's almost as if this is a mini VHS vs Betamax war developing here. Watch this space.

3. Retina display

We're into familiar Apple territory now. All of Apple's new products are coming equipped with stunning 'retina' displays, be it a smartphone, tablet, laptop, it's as if it's now part of the Apple's own magna carta. A reasonably priced iPad mini with a retina display would really be giving the V's to the competition.


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