While we’re hearing that the iPad mini will be Apple’s response to the growing number of smaller screen tablet computers that are available today, it would seem that one major Apple competitor is looking to go head to head with Apple on their current selection of iPad models.
This competitor is none other then Amazon and it’s believed that their next Kindle Fire model will indeed have a bigger screen. This information was confirmed through the New York Times who states that the upcoming Kindle Fire is being designed with one goal in mind and that is to be a viable alternative to the 9.7-inch iPad. Amazon has seen success with their current model Android tablet and seeing the announcements of a number of new tablets such as Microsoft Surface tablets, Nexus 7, it just makes sense for Amazon to continue to build upon their brand.
It still is quite early in the process to begin speculating on just what this device will have, but one tidbit that has been thrown out is mapping technology may be integrated into the Kindle Fire 2. It’s believed that Apple will be moving away from Google Maps to an in-house option and with Amazon having just bought a 3D mapping software firm, the same option may hold true for them as well.