Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The iPad Mini in the education sector

ninos ipad mini El iPad Mini en el sector educativo

If the rumors are true about the arrival this afternoon should Apple to debut the new iPad Mini . The new device will have a smaller footprint than the current iPad and could have put their focus on the education market, but especially in keeping out competition the iPad, which is starting to pupa to Apple.

The iPad does not have a real competitor in the market for 10 inches. Apple still dominates quietly in this segment, but not so in the area of ​​smaller tablets. Amazon and Google are hurting your Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7. Tablets with decent capabilities and a starting price that is less than half of what an iPad costs. With these features it is normal to be able to be stealing market share from Apple, since many people want a tablet, but can not afford to spend what it costs the most basic iPad.

The iPad Mini could be the perfect device for the classroom

The iPad Mini, would fit perfectly in this sector. A smaller tablet, but also cheaper. Rumors speak of different prices, but which seems to have more acceptance is talking about $ 329 starting price . More expensive than competing models (starting $ 199), but it is an Apple product, a product that will meet expectations and, to be honest: people do not want a tablet, wants an iPad.

aula ipad mini El iPad Mini en el sector educativo

Anyway, Apple will introduce the iPad Mini in this way. Mini will present the iPad as a perfect device, a device that we all need and a device that will be able to fulfill all our dreams. This is the way to sell Apple and currently is working increíblente them well.

The rumors mentioned again and again that Apple could guide its new tablet to the market in education and in some ways this could be a very good idea. For years we talk about projects to bring new technologies, opting for digital media instead of textbooks and teaching to turn into something much more interactive, fun, participatory. That is, to make students really interested in what they are doing and learning experience into something much better.

Many schools attempted to introduce the computer in the classroom without great results. The teachers were not prepared and did not form enough to take advantage, maintaining the equipment was quite expensive and yet it was still necessary to use textbooks on paper, so that the costs (for schools and families ) soared. Then came the iPad and in some cases began to be used, but the price was still quite high and the projects that were started in this field, eventually closing for lack of funds and not being able to reach all the students of the school (the least in Spain).

ipad mini negro2 El iPad Mini en el sector educativo

Now comes the iPad Mini, easy to carry device, priced and not so high that many families could buy (especially if we think of removing and replacing textbooks for the new Apple tablet). Also could be the schools themselves who buy the tablets and then distribute to families, with large quantities Apple usually offers discounts. The AppStore is full of interesting applications for education, the iBook Store is there and educational books that can be created for distribution through this platform can include all kinds of multimedia (video, audio, photography, image, interactive charts etc, etc, etc ...).

Would not it make sense that Apple could finally get in the classroom? It certainly has the perfect ecosystem for it. Its products have high quality, good performance, they often "hang" (something that would cause delays in classes) and could become a much more interactive for students more interested in classes.

Let us hope that if Apple eventually wants to focus on iPad Mini was the education sector, this at least is interested in the product and see interesting initiatives. Maybe the Apple tablet does not end up taking the upper hand, but hopefully at least get to open their eyes to the educational providers worldwide.

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