I don’t usually get swept up by Apple rumors but had to make an exception for this one. The rumored iPad Mini may be announced on October 17th by Apple and available shortly after on November 2nd.
It’s got the tech blogs and Apple fans abuzz but the real story here is the potential disruption in education technology (per usual). A smaller iPad could mean more schools and districts try out a 1:1 implementation, more BYOD classrooms, etc.
Take these dates and bits of info with a huge grain of salt as they are, of course, rumors. However, this one feels a bit too exact and is courtesy of Fortune.
But the bigger story to me is how the iPad Mini could fit into classrooms. I’m going to go out on a limb and make a few relatively obvious predictions. Here goes:
1) The iPad Mini will be cheaper than the iPad (Very Likely)
2) The iPad Mini will have all the basic functionality of the iPad (Very Likely)
3) The iPad Mini will have a Retina Display (Very Likely)
4) The iPad Mini will be named the iPad Mini (Doubtful)
5) The iPad Mini will be preferred over standard iPads in classrooms (Who knows!)
The last prediction is, to me, the most important. Will students and schools prefer a cheaper but smaller iPad in their 1:1 and BYOD classrooms? Will it run the same apps or be primarily built to compete in the e-reading space? The future is bright for the iPad Mini in education but still extremely unclear.
What do you think? Would you want, for example, 10 iPad Minis in your classroom or would you rather have 3-4 standard iPads?