iPad mini What would the 'ultimate' iPad mini look like?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by ms341547, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. ms341547 macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2013

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  2. skiltrip macrumors 68030

    May 6, 2010
    New York
    The ultimate iPad mini looks exactly the way it looks now. Under the hood it has 2GB of RAM, a quad core CPU, higher resolution, and identical or even improved battery life.
  3. TyPod macrumors 68000


    Nov 2, 2006
    And Yourself?
    Agreed. It's what's under the hood that will make it ultimate.
  4. ep1cn00bt00b macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2010
    How it currently is, except with a Retina display, faster CPU, and more RAM :)
  5. LightOnAHill macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2010
  6. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I love everything about the mini with the exception being that it doesn't have a retina screen. Push comes to shove, if I needed that form factor I can certainly live with the screen, but I don't so I'm waiting for retina. My iPad 3 is great and I can sell it for enough cash to get me close to a mini whenever that retina screen hits.
  7. Florals macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2013
    I love the look of the current iPad mini and feel that reducing the bezel size to match those shown in the left-hand image would cause more harm than good; I want to be able to comfortably hold onto an iPad rather than spend my time desperately trying not to accidentally trigger the touchscreen.

    Just like the majority of other people, I'd like a new mini with increased internal specs and a retina display, but for it to be no heavier or bigger. How hard can that be? ;)
  8. rowspaxe macrumors 68000


    Jan 29, 2010
    unlike the mbp and mba--whose external design immediately impresses--ipads are not much to look at. I expect the same utilitarian design to persist with some bezel adjustment. The real challenge for the ipad is to get under a pound, with an optimum weight of about 12 oz. My first impression of the mini was that of something so light and insubstantial doing so much. It really seemed futuristic in a way the full sized ipad never did
  9. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    wow glad the unimaginative people here don't work for apples R&D if you think the looks of the current mini are the "ultimate"

    I would expect the iPad mini, in say 5 or 10 years time if it still exists would look far far better than today's model, perhaps total glass to the edge on every face the screen right up to the edge, with a software programmable bezel then needed.
    Perhaps programmable deformable screen surface?
    the speed of a mac pro
    last for years on a nuclear power cell?

    things along that line, if you are thinking ultimate
  10. g0odfr1end102 macrumors 6502


    Dec 5, 2010
    Montreal, Canada

    Will probably never happen...
  11. cdmoore74 macrumors 68020

    Jun 24, 2010
    The look of the iPad mini is not the problem. The screen is the main issue for 2013. No matter what you do you must get the screen updated. If you throw in a 4ghz processor with 8gigs of ram and 20mp camera the consumer will still criticize Apple for not doing anything with the display especially if you compare to the Nexus 7.
    But the part that sucks for Apple is that if they do put a Retina display in the mini it will sale more than the full size iPad regardless of how powerful the full size is. Apple is in a vulnerable position at the moment with the iPad. I think their game plan is to sale the iPad 5 first to boost sales and then release the mini. You start to get people unsure of their original purchase and they buy again.
  12. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    The ultimate mini for me would be the same design it has now, "retina" screen, at least 2gb of RAM and an A6 processor with 256gb of storage.
  13. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I have a USB port via the CCK. There isn't that much you can do with it.
  14. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    So, you would not want say 1TB, 2TB or 10TB or storage, 1 TB of RAM, a CPU as fast as today's super computers and a battery that lasted the lifetime of the product without charging, and perhaps a holographic screen?
  15. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    No because I'm not looking to pay six figures for a tablet. Can't tell if you're trying to be a smartass or not.
  16. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    No, not a smart ass.

    The question was what would the ULTIMATE iPad Mini look like.
    Not a fractionally enhanced one of today.

    Imagine in 1979/1980 when the Atari VCS was launched what your ultimate games console would be. Back then you would have to be really going over top to imagine anything so mind blowing as a PS4 or XboxOne could ever exist at an affordable price, it would be unbelievable back then with your chunky low colour graphics and tiny memory game carts.

    So when some one says, what would an Ultimate small tablet be like, the I'm going to think of something, at the moment I would imagine to be ultimate.

    And that does not mean a nicer screen, little faster and bit more memory.
    That's not ultimate. that's your "what would a *bit better* tablet look like"
  17. sonicrobby macrumors 68020


    Apr 24, 2013
    New Orleans
    "faster internals" is a dime in a dozen for ultimate.

    Ultimate innovation in the iPad mini would be to have a clear glass pane as the display and controls (unrealistic, but its what we are looking for; not better CPU storage ram blah blah - think outside the box)

    Though I am loving the concept of an edge to edge ipad. Im not worried of the "accidentally tapping the screen" because as it is, my thumb is already on the mini's display and I have no problems. (yes, the display, not the bezel)

    A true edge to edge would be amazing, but Id be perfectly happy with the one in the OP. The ultimate ipad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9s2oYUy_cVY

  18. Commy1 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2013
  19. AppleFan1984 macrumors 6502

    May 6, 2010
    Well, it's not quite mini, but the iPad I've been waiting for is a Macbook Air with a detachable touch screen.
  20. LightOnAHill macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2010
    I've been interested in this too, and I expect apple will eventually release something like this.

    I'd want it to be a full computer so I can dual boot it and be able to put windows on it so I can play Starcraft on it, I'm talking about the original Starcraft. It's a classic and my fraternity brothers and I still get together and link up on wifi for some UDP play verses the computer. Good times, good times!
  21. bigjim83 macrumors 6502

    Dec 14, 2011
    I hope they keep the same size and just bump the specs. I love the size of my mini. I truly feel it is the perfect work tablet

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