iPad Mini launch date ambiguity is causing all sorts of media panic

It is fascinating to behold the panicking media at the moment. They’ve now taken to posting genuine stories about a currently unannounced device. Only this morning I was flicking through smiling at the unabashed panic.

The major thrust is that since Apple has not yet sent out invites to an announcement keynote, they can’t benefit from all the click-throughs and page impression traffic. The next best thing is to rehash what you wrote yesterday quoting some analyst and general industry shenanigans, give it a headline like ‘iPad Mini Launch Date Mystery’ and boom, you’ve got a lot of the traffic you were hoping for.

I even read one overview of someone literally counting the minutes until they expected the invite to arrive last week I think it was.

When you’ve got a lot of competition thriving in the market and a me-too device like the ‘Mini’, it pays to use the media to your precise advantage. That’s one viewpoint (eg you’ve got Microsoft readying their Surface launch) so do your best to wrong foot them.

I’ve long long since lost any impatience or excitement that I used to feel — or wish to feel — about an impending Apple device launch. That is arguably a shame but it’s based on experience of ultimately never actually being surprised.

So when the Apple Mini arrives — for sure — I will take a look, of course.

I am a lot more excited at the consequences of the device’s arrival with respect to the rest of the industry.

Ever since I put a Nexus 7 tablet in my hand I have thought of my ‘new’ iPad as slightly rubbish. Any sheen of wow that I had retained until that date dissipated within seconds.

Why is it stupid heavy? Why is it really thick compared to the second generation? And why is the battery life poorer? This isn’t even evolution!

I now consider the ‘new’ iPad rather annoyingly unwieldy. I had to buy a flipping man bag for it.

Which means the new new iPad — the Mini — does have some relevance. A smaller lighter shape will play well with the consumer I think.

I also like the reality of this statement (guarantee to wind up the purists reading): Apple, having previously and highly publicly panned the 7″ form factor, has had to reverse this stance in the face of potentially damaging competition.

It’s not often you see Apple have to make such a direct change of course to a key product line eh?

Still. This is all conjecture at this point. Conjecture about conjecture? 😉

By Ewan

Ewan is Founder and Editor of Mobile Industry Review. He writes about a wide variety of industry issues and is usually active on Twitter most days. You can read more about him or reach him with these details.

2 replies on “iPad Mini launch date ambiguity is causing all sorts of media panic”

The world’s gone mad. Getting themselves all hyped up when nothing’s been said by apple yet. The excitement has also worn off for me. Ok so Im not an apple boy but yes i like to take an interest in what they give us. But Im now used to the disappointment. Its only small improvements there’s never anything to wow us. Everyone’s just stupid crazy over apple.

Agree with all. One facet not being explored is once again the media hype, the investor enthusiasm, the normob excitement…all of these once again point to a blowout product that once again sets opening day sales records.

Like it or not, there is no denying the public’s insatiable appetite for Apple products. As a company, in the end, would you rather have a fair product the public goes gaga about or a product that is revolutionary with technology, but the public is lukewarm about?

Once again, Apple owns the public’s wallets. There is no denying this…

Giff Gfroerer

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