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A future in health and education could beckon for Apple and the iPad Mini

by Doug Drinkwater

October 26 2012

Apple's iPad Mini starts from $329
Apple's iPad Mini starts from $329

Three days after Apple unveiled the iPad Mini and the tablet has already been mooted as a useful tool for those working in health and education.

As discussed by TabTimes prior to the iPad Mini announcement, the portability and low price of Apple’s latest tablet could make the device a hit for mobile workers, particularly those in education.

However, MobiHealthNews editor Brian Dolan says that physicians will also be keen on the tablet, especially with its small dimensions (7.85 inches tall by 5.3 inches wide) seeing it fit inside a lab coat pocket.

Dolan is not alone in this view, with the editor also citing an Epocrates study (prior to the launch of the iPad Mini) showing that size was the main factor for the 90% of physicians that expressed an interest in the tablet.

In a separate article, veteran technology journalist Steve Wildstrom provided a detailed explanation to Techpinions on why the iPad Mini has potential in the education market.

Wildstrom, formerly the writer of Businessweek’s Technology and You column, said that the iPad could be the tool that ‘finally makes the difference’ in schools, with the Mini potentially helping to accelerate that trend.

The article explains how tablets like the iPad Mini are lighter and yet more rugged than laptops, are easier to read with, and -- with iOS in particular -- are ‘all but immune’ to the malware attacks that are common on conventional PCs.

You may ask why other tablets can’t succeed in the education market, but Wildstrom says that Apple is ‘best equipped’ to tackle the K-12 tablet market with its experience at managing and delivering custom content, plus accessory devices like Apple's iPad Learning Lab charging cart.

The author also points to Apple's new update of its iBooks authoring app for creating content, and says that education discounts for the iPad Mini would make this device ‘particularly attractive to educators’.

Apple announced the iPad Mini in San Jose on Tuesday, with the 7.9-inch tablet due to launch on November 2.

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