With the release of the newest Apple product, the iPad Mini, in their Keynote yesterday October 23, 2012, will it be a game changer in the iPad market for pilots?
There is reason to believe that the new iPad Mini released yesterday during Apples keynote presentation has the possibility of revamping the pilots in-flight chart reading experience. While yes, the industry has been turned right side up with the invention of the iPad, there has always been an expressed concern that the iPad dimensions are just a bit to large to balance on the knee thus deeming it a “kneeboard alternative”. With the new iPad Mini measuring in at 5.3″ X 7.87″ and weighing just over a half a pound, it would fit perfectly on ones knee and leave enough visual space to view charts, ForeFlight, and other aviation related content in-flight.
Pilots on Twitter have quickly grabbed ahold of this new announcement and have been expressed their desire to venture to their local Apple store to go pick up their new kneeboard (iPad Mini). With a focus on size and being an e-reader alternative, I believe that the iPad Mini will do very well in the U.S. market price. Although their price structure remains to be a little on the pricey side, the quality of their products never fall short of impeccable. Does the iPad Mini appeal to many of the normal iPad users? I don’t believe so. I see the iPad Mini being a huge success in avid Apple fans that are readers, pilots, or first time Apple iPad buyers looking for a cheaper alternative to get into the product line.
In conclusion, it is likely that that I will eventually buy this small iPad because I truly think it would be perfect for flying. Will I sell my normal iPad 1? Likely. Just remember fellow readers, the moment you buy an Apple product it will be out of date in a couple months. This isn’t bad it just shows that they are evolving and continuing their goal to grow.
Look for a review on the iPad Mini for in-flight usage in later posts once I make the tough buy! (Wallet hurting just thinking about it).
Until Next Time,
Apple addict: Pilot Ian