Apple's mini tablet could be a haven for international media consumption

Apple's mini tablet could be a haven for international media consumption
Here’s the truth coming straight from Google’s Android head Andy Rubin - Android tablets didn’t sell because they lacked the content. Simple as that. The only tablet with enough content, the Amazon Kindle Fire is probably the single success story in the Android tablet world, but even it didn’t directly bring any profits to Amazon.

And where Amazon and Google have failed, Apple has grown extremely strong - it has become the ultimate content delivery machine with iTunes working in a ridiculous number of countries. Amazon’s Appstore and movie service, on the other hand? US-only. Google Play doesn’t go far from that and while you can buy apps in many countries, music and movies are a no-go for the most part of the world.

You might think that having wider availability is something not all that hard and Apple’s rivals will catch up soon, but you’d be wrong as sealing those deals has been something folks at Cupertino have put a lot of effort in the past few years, not months. Hit the iTunes link in the source below to see just what on iTunes is available where.

Now, pair this with a new estimate from iSupply saying the Nexus 7 actually cost a little over $150 to make, and an iPad mini for around $250 already sounds like a product that will keep Apple’s high margins intact, don’t you think?

source: TheNextWeb, iTunes



1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Hmmm. Google should open up India and China to the Play store. That could dramatically change things. Of course, there might be issues related to IP rights....

2. Aeires unregistered

An iPad Mini could go either way. There will probably be an amount of people who will buy it no matter what Apple prices it as, but it could just as easily be seen as "why bother, for a few $ more can get you a full sized iPad." If it does exist, and no matter what price Apple places on it, you can rest assured Apple will make a lot money off of it. I would bet that Amazon and Google's pricing for their 7" tablets will have an impact on Apple's pricing though. To what degree remains to be seen.

7. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

You have a point. I think the why bother argument will certainly hit many consumers especially in the apple camp. But Amazon and Google will make serious inroads with those cheaper tablets even if content is a bit lacking. And with both companies investing so much in getting the content robust, that will certainly be a smaller problem going forward.

8. Aeires unregistered

Google has made a lot of progress to their ecosystem, just took them a bit (too) long. The recent addition of magazines was another step in the right direction. As for apps, it will be interesting to see if their approach to apps working on both phones and tablets will pay off or whether they should have split them like Apple did with a more dedicated tablet app approach. Even if Google's approach works just as efficiently on a tablet as it does on a phone, people grab hold on the "X" amount of tablet apps. Marketing, gotta love it.

3. tes101

Posts: 39; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Why do people like overpaying for apple products when there is better products for less money.

5. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

I agree, but only when it comes to Apple computers vs Windows computers, I would pick a Windows computer over a Apple computer, but when it comes to tablet, Apple have the most apps and the apps they have are a little better in my opinion, especially if you into making music. If it wasn't for 4.1 unified apps, the android tablet would still be far away in apps, in my opinion, if you pay more then 100 for android tablet your wasting your is better to get the Galaxy Note and call it a day, it just aint worth it and do not get me wrong I still think the ipad is not worth it too, but since they have a better app selection it gives them a little okay, but still I do not think Apple or Android tablet worth it......I know that I will get many thumbs down, but I feel that if you going to make a tablet, it should be like what Microsoft did with Windows 8 Surface. If apple was to bring out one similar with the Mac OS on it, and you can still do your iPad thing, then I will say the iPad is worth it, but depends on the price, but since I do not own any apple products, I most likely would not buy it, but if I did own a Mac, it would be 1st day purchase, but if apple do come out with something like this, Android should just give up and only make phones.......I just think its whack that take a phone OS and make the screen bigger and call it a tablet, but remember this is just my opinion

13. CharlieAtInfinity

Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Its all in the way they market their products.. Have you ever seen an apple commercial? they make their product look PREMIUM and full of features!! so an average user would go and buy the overpriced apple product even though a better product is available in market for half the price!!

15. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

for the same reason people pay for Jordan's shoes, Coach Purses etc...

4. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Valid points iPhoneArena. Biased to the extreme! But valid points.

16. Jay_F

Posts: 236; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

No, not biased. But you obviously are.

6. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

It is true and content is king. With the way tablets are now as consumption machines, it is perfect for a company like Apple with iTunes in their camp. However, i think this will change once Windows 8 comes out and offers tablets that are more than just consumption based. This extra ability will appeal to a large number of people who want something portable but still something more. It is not to say that the iPad will fail because it will remain popular as it is. But windows 8 will give consumers something they have yet to really have in the new tablet paradigm. Beyond that, Google and Amazon has been working hard on their content machines and it will probably pay off the most when it is predicted that android tablets will outnumber iPads in marketshare. That will really make competition even if Apple releases a smaller tablet, intense and justified. I await such days.

9. Aeires unregistered

Agreed, Surface is a game changer. The only question that remains to be seen is whether or not W8 is accepted or rejected by the MS user base.

10. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

IMO the Surface is just a ultrabook with a touch screen. I'd rather spend the extra $100 bucks and get a MacBook Air.

11. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

Additionally.... The MacBook Air might even be more powerful, versatile, and slightly thinner.

18. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Thinnerr is nothing more than a gimmick if the battery life is measured no more than six or seven hours. The power and versatility you speak of is not something I would easily equate to a macbook air because as you said it has no touch screen. And if by chance the surface does not have the power (even though it is a full os rt or otherwise) an ultrabook can still do more than say a mac book air. Thus, your choice does not quite boil down to power, versatile, and thinness. It has more to do of whether or not you want an apple product or a microsoft one. And like aeires said, not everyone wants a macbook as evidenced by the ranking os.

12. Aeires unregistered

Not everyone wants a MacBook.

14. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

That is true... Maybe get a fully loaded ultrabook instead?

17. hutty24

Posts: 84; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Then make it runs windows

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