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What the iPad mini means for web developers

ipad miniThe release of the iPad mini validates an entire line of tablet sizes. Essentially, it’s another case of Apple coming along and leapfrogging another existing market. The Google Nexus 7, Kindle Fire, Nook Color, and Samsung Galaxy Note have fit this small tablet bill for a while. Now that Apple has thrown its hat into the ring it will sell millions and come to dominate (as usual) our existence as web developers. But the iPad already accounted for 98% of all tablet web traffic. So how does the iPad mini really change anything?

The Big Question

In developer circles, UX conferences, Forrester industry conference calls, and even on my own blog, I’ve heard people asking a consistent question. “What are you guys doing about iPad?” There are, of course, some who are bothering to make native experiences and that is certainly a valid answer… for one manufacturer at a time. Web developers and designers who have been asked this question have always had the option of just using the standard desktop view and it was usually good enough. After playing with the Nexus 7 and the iPad mini for 24 hours I can tell you first hand, the game has changed. Read more...

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