A funny thing happened on the way to my love affair with the iPad mini. I’m using the iPhone less because the mini is, well, easier to use, easier on the eyes, good to the fingertips. Soon you’ll use your iPad to watch TV while flying.
Apple And The Phablet
The iPad mini is why I think Apple will have a larger iPhone next year. Two words: Larger screen. The iPad mini is missing two important components, both of which will show up in iPhone max (my name for Apple’s new iPhone).
The iPad mini needs a Retina display to make it a near perfect tablet. Near perfect? All it needs is a cell phone.
That’s why I’m certain Apple is working on a larger iPhone with a Retina display. To use the iPhone mini is to love what’s missing in the iPhone.
Yes, I know the iPhone phablet probably won’t fit in a pocket, and certainly not with the ease of the current 4-inch iPhone 5. An iPhone max with a 5-inch or 5.9-inch display will absolutely rock with the masses (it just won’t fit in the average pocket).
Southwest Airlines and Dish have announced that future flights on the discount air carrier will have free live TV and dozens of on-demand TV shows via Wi-Fi on every plane. DirecTV has a similar partnership with JetBlue, but the shows and movies are in seat backs, not streaming Wi-Fi.
In other words, Southwest is cutting out the cost of putting a screen in every seat, and offloading the screen ownership and usage to your iPad (probably works on the low cost, throwaway tablets, too, but only until they break).
The future of the iPad is moving rapidly to what everyone wants– Retina display on all devices, and streaming live TV everywhere. As cell phone carriers move to 4G LTE and then LTE-A, we could expect Apple to reduce prices on 4G LTE radios in iPad, and perhaps make it available on the iMac and MacBook line.
Everyone knows the future is Wi-Fi TV everywhere, so who best to lead us kicking and screaming with squeals of delight than Apple?