The iPad mini and autos -- a match made in heaven?
Apple is very keen on iOS these days. What if it worked with an auto maker to implement in vehicles? Especially with the iPad mini now a reality.
It's just the right size for integration into car dashes. The standard iPad is simply too big.
Think of the potential for commercial vehicles. GPS. FaceTime communication between drivers, the office, each other, and customers. Tracking vehicles with Loopt-type services. Accepting payments. Inventory. Video logging. Logging items for insurance. The possibilities are pretty incredible.
For the family vehicle, an iPad mini in every vehicle is easy to envision. Imagine a vehicle with headrests that allow you to dock your iPad into the back of it. Or the same set-up for a nice little spot on the dashboard.
Of course, to make this happen Apple would have to expand its focus. Or perhaps create a division to go after the OEM [original equipment manufacturer] and aftermarket niches.
Or, heck, let's dream big. Have Jonny Ive and crew take things to the next level and design the iCar.
(Thanks to my buddy, J. Scott Anderson, for help with today's column.)
-- Dennis Sellers