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Apple’s new iPad Mini drops the ball

The new iPad Mini released this fall offers many of the same specifications as the iPad in a smaller and lighter package for consumers who are looking to downsize.

The iPhone, iPad, and iPod are just a few of the extremely advanced products by the pioneer company Apple.  Many teenagers own at least one Apple product and that number grows every time Apple releases new material.

One of their most recent releases is the iPad Mini, which takes the iPad formula into a smaller package. The question many wonder though is it worth the cost to add a Mini to their iPad family?

After glancing at some of the all too familiar tech specs, one can easily see the iPad Mini isn’t all that worth it.

Apple approached the new iPad Mini with one goal in mind: to create an iPad on a more convenient and smaller scale. Technically, Apple did follow through with this idea by knocking off a whole two inches on both the height and width of the product.

However, Apple has not made, by any means, a revolutionized product. The iPad Mini simply lacks the processing power of the iPad 3. The new iPad with the Retina display has a processing chip, known as the A6X, which is a generation above the chip of the iPad Mini. This means the iPad Mini cannot perform at the same graphical ability that the new iPad with Retina display can.

Consumers can see though the price is much more affordable in comparison to other iPad models. The lowest memory capacity of 16 GB costs $329, which is reasonable in comparison to other iPads, but is ridiculous when compared to some other video game consoles that have much higher processing power and are also much cheaper.

In comparison to other gaming consoles that are available, consumers looking for a gaming device should reconsider purchasing an iPad Mini.

The iPad Mini is not worth it in the market today, unless you are looking to get your first iPad. If you already have an iPad and you are looking for an upgrade, don’t downgrade to the iPad Mini.

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Apple’s new iPad Mini drops the ball