Why the iPad Mini Will Make a Great Music Device

Hypebot makes some good points that migth justify the higher-than-expecting entry price point of $329:

  • The high-resolution display means crystal-clear, vibrant-looking music apps. Apple has always used cutting-edge screen components in its computers and handhelds, but the iPad Mini goes even further than usual, by smushing the 1024 by 768 resolution from the iPad 2 into a smaller area.
  • The fact that the iPad Mini has the same resolution as the iPad 2 means developers won’t have to modify existing iPad apps in order for them to run. You’ll be able to use all of your favorite iPad music apps. As Apple says, “If it’s made for iPad, it’s made for iPad Mini,” and that is good news for music fans and app developers. Without this, the iPad Mini would almost certainly be doomed.
  • A new super-fast A6X processor means twice the CPU and graphics performance. Apps will run faster, which is always nice, but for instruments and remixing tools, it’s crucial.
  • The new iPad Mini is 23 percent thinner and 53 percent lighter than than the third-generation iPad, according to Apple — but fortunately, that doesn’t impact battery life. You still get up to 10 hours of music playback.
  • The new iPads will use Apple’s new Lightning dock connecter, Apple’s annoying new standard for mobile devices. If you want to use any hardware with the old dock connector, like iHomes or car docks, you’ll need an adapter, or maybe several of them.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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