The iPad Mini, after much speculation, finally became a reality in the last few months as Apple finally gave in and admitted that there was a market for tablets that were somewhat smaller than their original iPad’s specifications. Steve Jobs, the long-time head of Apple, regularly made it publicly known that he did not feel that this was the case, but his successor and the team around him took the decision to capitalise on a somewhat developing market led by devices from Apple’s strongest rivals including Samsung, Amazon and Google.
The iPad Mini launched around the world on the 2nd of November and received relatively little fanfare. The crowds that often gather outside Apple stores for every new device were evident, but by no means as extensive as those found when a new iPhone is released. We would not want to speculate as to whether this means that the device will be a success or not – our role is simply to take a look at it in the context of mobile casino gaming. Sales figures only matter to a certain extent and we feel that as long as the right players get their hands on one of the devices, they can expect a new gaming experience that was not previously possible on the iPhone or iPad.
It goes without saying that the iPad Mini works in much the same way as Apple’s stable of other devices. It has full access to the App Store and includes the customary Safari browser with all of the functionality of the larger and smaller versions. What this means for players is that no matter where players currently play on their Apple device, they will be more than capable of continuing the entertainment on the iPad Mini. Any of the recently launched gaming apps are fully functional on the device, while fans of Microgaming’s Spin3 platform and Playtech’s Mobile Hub will find that casino games on each software service adapt seamlessly to the iPad Mini’s screen size and touchscreen functionality. With all of that accounted for, we feel that the iPad Mini could well be the ideal device for a whole range of mobile gamblers and their differing habits.
It is important for players to remember that even the latest and greatest mobile tablets are still no replacement for desktop computers – the experience should be considered independently rather than comparing the two. After all, a direct comparison yields the fact that mobile casinos boast a reduced range of games, no doubt brought about by the fact that every single title needs to be redeveloped for smaller screens. The fact that smaller is also not a uniform measurement further complicates development – games on the aforementioned Microgaming and Playtech portals have to render and function equally well on the four inch iPhone screen and the original iPad screen that spans nearly ten inches. Naturally, when a company puts its efforts behind such a conversion, players have already seen that the results can be extremely impressive. The likes of Mega Moolah and Major Millions are mobile slots that perfectly recreate everything from the desktop version, even down to the link to the relevant progressive jackpots.
The issue that the iPad Mini will be looking to solve is the discrepancy in size between the two most popular Apple devices, the iPhone and the current larger iPad. For some players, playing casino games on their smartphone can be somewhat restrictive owing to the reduce real estate of the screen. As well as the developers and designers do in converting the gaming experience to a smaller device, all of the functionality needs to remain and in some cases the player needs to be able to read small details that are presented to them and are crucial to a successful gaming outcome. Larger than average fingers or reduced sight capabilities can both contribute to a player not being able to enjoy a mobile casino game as much as they may have hoped.
Then we have the main iPad which, conversely to the fact that the iPhone can be too small for some players, can actually be too large. Of course, there is more than enough screen space on the iPad for almost full size replicas of desktop games, but what many players gain in screen size, they lose in portability. Sure, the iPad is much easier to carry around than a desktop computer or in many cases even a laptop, but in terms of truly taking it out and about, it is far too large to fit into a pocket for casual journeys. Part of the appeal of mobile casino games is playing whenever, wherever and in practice the full sized iPad does not necessarily allow this.
Now, we have the iPad Mini, which at just fewer than eight inches is over halfway between the iPhone 5 and iPad. There are other similarly sized tablets out there, but many people, for whatever reason, wait until Apple does something in the tablet sector before making a purchase. This is particularly the case when it comes to mobile casino gaming as many developers bank on the success of their games in the App Store before even releasing their titles onto the Android platform, so Apple fans get to experience the best titles before anyone else.
In terms of solving the issues of the iPhone and iPad, the iPad Mini fits nicely in between. It offers all of the functionality that players have become accustomed to, while still offering enough screen space for controls and graphics to be uncluttered. However, the two fewer inches make it suitable for taking around in a large pocket or small bag, lending itself more to the casual mobile casino gaming crowd who like to enjoy a few games on short excursions.
Naturally, all of our recommended mobile casinos are fully functional on the iPad. Here at MobileCasino.net, you can search for relevant casinos by country or check out the entire list. Casinos with an international flavour include All Slots Mobile Casino and 32red Mobile Casino, both of which use the Spin3 platform for easy access through the iPad Mini’s web browser.