Those planning on purchasing the Apple iPad mini
when it launches November 2nd will be happy to find out that the OEM's voice activated personal assistant Siri, will be supported by the byte-sized version of Apple's tablet. On the other hand, those with the Apple iPad 2
remain Siri-less. It could be a sign that Apple will use its second-gen tablet as a budget offering
. If so, the Apple iPad 2 would probably remain in the Apple lineup until the next full sized model is released next year.
When comparing the Apple iPad mini and the Apple iPad 2, the differences are more than just Siri. Outside of the larger screen on the iPad 2, all of the other specs are in favor of the Apple iPad mini. The resolution of the screen on the Apple iPad mini is the same as the resolution of the screen on the iPad 2. But with the smaller size of the screen on the mini, the latter's pixel density at 162ppi tops the 132ppi on the older device. According to those who saw the two side-by-side, the 30ppi difference does make a difference
You have to feel for owners of the Apple iPad 2. No Retina display, a slower processor (when compared to the Apple iPad mini) and no Siri. Will those with the Apple iPad 2 finally give up and buy one of the newer tablets?