Why the iPad mini? One word: Textbooks | TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog

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by Erica Sadun Oct 14th at 9:15PM

I was at the dentist the other where I was talking to Laura-the-receptionist tablets. I’m sick of for rebinding [my kids’ textbooks] year, she told me. My kid’s suggested we buy a tablet and purchase from Amazon instead of them.

Which tablet I buy?

Although schools pay a fee per rebinding, parents often to cough up a significant amount Cherry Creek High charges $28 to rebind a single The eBook text costs $14.99.

It’s a bargain until you considering the tablet overhead.

The Kindle sells for $70; the for $200 — although you can now buy models for significantly less. The iPad 2 starts at $399 and units are scarce on the ground at the Apple Store. The Apple it’s clear, comes at a

Although the Fire represents an of nearly 3x more than the many parents like the that their kid can surf the read email, and even run calculator apps. As a point of the TI NSpire sells for just on Amazon (MSRP is $175.)

are even more desirable, their well-designed interface, app store and broad support But they fail to compete on the of their price tag compared to a Kindle + a TI calculator.

Between textbooks, research-related web calculator features, and e-mail with teachers, more than ever are on the hunt for tablets, with the emphasis on

So why go tablet? Apple laid out of the reasons in its education event this year. The iPad, as reminded us, communicates with the

Apple has built an education based on teaching, learning, and achievement with over iPad apps specific to

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Apple’s education-centric iBooks initiative focused on recreating the It attempted to engage students and the learning experience. The problem that initiative is that bottom-line hardware starts at a that’s double that of the

To make the iPad a real in the education marketplace, Apple an entry that competes the bargain-basement tablets. iPads may be on teen’s Christmas wishlist, but are hard-pressed not to compare bottom

That’s why there’s going to be the mini. On October 23. Apple likely launch a scaled-down with basic features and a price.

This is the event parents like Laura been waiting for.

For the iPad mini means Apple will be a choice in a where formerly parents have felt priced out of A smaller screen size and options may allow students and parents — whether school, high school, or — to buy into the Apple where they formerly not.

In the end, Apple’s entire towards re-inventing the textbook matter if there aren’t eyeballs and fingers to appreciate titles with their tapestry of interactive design. An mini will open the market to a much broader of customers and allow Apple to a customer base by investing in the

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