When the gadgets like smartphones or tablets became one of the important gadgets for human beings, then the first thing everyone looks at is the Apps. There is a huge collection of Apps available in App Store. Most apps are made targeting the iOS. Generally all the apps are developed keeping in mind of 4:3 aspect ratio, so all those apps works fine for any screen size or resolution.
So now this theory should remain same for iPad Mini as well even though its screen size is much smaller and lower resolution. But if you starts using the the iPad Mini for some time, you will release that the theory don’t sets in. There are, in fact, plenty of apps that are either less functional than they are on “full sized” iPads.
The buttons and Text Fields:
Apple has set some Human Interface Guidelines which requires the settings like 44×44 pixel minimum interactive space for buttons. But in reality the developers are not following those rules. It is not only developers, in fact the Apple itself not following those guidelines. You can find this if you observer closely the purchase app icon in the App Store. When this happens the buttons in iPad mini becomes harder to press. You will try to tap multiple times on a button for its execution.
Lets take some examples of few of the Apps. If we look into the HBO Go app, it requires the logging process to get the access of the features and contents of the app. But in iPad mini, the size of the text fields made for login and passwords are even half the size from what they should be. So it becomes very difficult for iPad user to even tap on the required text box to type anything. Either you may not be able to tap the correct text box or just not open the text box at all.
To provide you the better reading experience while grabbing the iPad mini, Apple has regulated the sides of the tablet to not recognize you laying your thumb on the screen as a touch intent. So this helps you to grab the tablet better rather than touching any button or menu. But on the other side, it means, this is more difficult now for you to tap something at corners and to make it clear that what you really want to do is tap the screen. This works fine on iPad 4but for iPad mini, will definitely irritates you.
The apps which won’t work perfect:
If you are interested to use Windows 8 and you don’t have much cash to buy a new tablet, then there is an option named as “Splashtop”. Splashtop provide you the tool which helps you using your iPad you can remote into Windows 8 computer and can experience it through your iPad. Now, if you have iPad 4, you will really love that. You will really enjoy it as you are using the Windows 8 like real, including all of the touch gestures found in Windows 8. This App suggests that you can use it on any iPad, but I believe the experience will not be the same in the case of iPad Mini.
Simple reason is that many of the touch gestures will not perform accurately just due to smaller size of the screen and placing your finger at correct and required part. when you swipe to access the Start Menu. None of the side-swipe based gestures worked at all.
After launching of iPad mini, it is a real challenge for developers now. On the other hand, in the case of Google Play store, if any app or program doesn’t work for any specific device, then it will not be visible or being searched in search query.
Annoying, but not a crisis
All these problems are not like to fear a lot. It is just about following the apple guidelines, if followed by developers, and with the proper testing, the issues will found much less in upcoming apps. The developer’s tools provided by Apple are not bad and work fine for most of the app development, but not for every app.
As the people must have started buying the iPad Mini, there will be many bad reviews will be coming up for many apps now. The companies/developers will have to start looking into this matter otherwise, their perfect app can still have negative remarks if used in iPad Mini.