Once again, an Apple product launch has dominated the tech news, this time for the unveiling of the iPad mini. The new tablet is lighter, thinner and of course a little smaller than the full-size iPad. It’s also a little cheaper, although still significantly more expensive than similar sized Android tablets like Google’s Nexus 7.
Here at CoPilot sat nav, we are excited about the iPad mini. Ever since we first launched an HD version of CoPilot Live designed specifically for iPad, we’ have been continually surprised by the number of people who use their tablets for in-car navigation. On Android we have seen the Nexus 7 storm into the top 10 most popular device for CoPilot, while the Samsung Galaxy Note has been in our top 3 all year.
The 4G iPad mini seems like a perfect addition to little tablet range, and CoPilot’s ready for it. Our HD apps provide fantastic split-screen navigation views, powerful trip planning, clear map displays and detailed voice instructions at every turn. Our iPhone navigation apps will run on the mini too, although in X2 scaled-up mode.
Unfortunately, unlike most 7” Android tablets, WiFi-only iPad minis (as with other iPads) do not include GPS and are unable to provide turn-by-turn navigation. This does not diminish the potential the little iPad has and we are very interested to see whether it will become as popular device for sat nav in iOS as the Nexus 7 in our Android range.