Apple last week just announced the newest lineup of iPads, one of which is a smaller, thinner, and lighter iPad called the iPad Mini. The iPad mini is the newest in the line of iOS tablets, and comes with the same features as the iPad 2, and starts at $329.00.
Why would the iPad Mini be good for blind users?
While the iPad (4th generation) is a great device, it still costs as much as any of the previous iPads, and really does not add anything new for blind users at this point. The iPad Mini is a smaller device that runs the same apps as the larger iPad, and is $170 cheaper than the bigger variant. The Mini also allows for a user to find things on the screen easier since there is not as big of an area so the user does not have to search everywhere to find something small.
Why the iPad Mini instead of the iPad 2?
Apple is still selling the iPad 2, but it still has the same screen size as the 4th generation iPad without the same features. The iPad 2 also does not have Siri, which does run on the iPad Mini. This makes the Mini a great device for users wanting SIRI without paying the extra for the 4th generation iPad.
The iPad Mini allows blind user the ability to afford an iPad without paying the full amount that users have had to pay with previous iPads. The device still runs VoiceOver, and also has Siri built in. This device starts at $329.00, and will give the user the flexibility of the iPad 2 and iPad 3rd generation.