Should Apple release an e-reader?

Media consumption is one of the many things you might buy an iPad for. Apple also offers an excellent app in the form of Apple Books for that. The app keeps things simple but elegant. Whether you are reading e-books or listening to audiobooks, the Apple Books app is sufficient for all your requirements and will not require you to install different apps for the same.

In fact, the app is so well organized and with so much effort to ensure that iPad users have a really great reading experience, it’s really a pity that the company doesn’t have a dedicated e-reader device to offer. However, it is rumored that Apple is collaborating with Yuantai to create sub-displays for e-paper. However, as UDN reports, that will be for cell phones.

This makes us wonder if Apple is working on a smartphone-sized e-reader similar to the Hisense A9 that was launched just days ago. Or if it will be a dual-screen phone from the likes of the YotaPhone that launched in 2014. While the details remain shrouded in mystery, here are a few reasons why Apple should have an e-reader in its product portfolio.

Emission width

The iPad is a great tablet, and as with many other things, it can be great for reading books or listening to audiobooks. The new Focus Mode also does a great job of keeping notifications off so you can focus only on reading or listening. The screen is also pixel-rich and delivers a resolution high enough to deliver ultra-high-resolution text.

The True Tone display setting also ensures that you get the right amount of color and intensity so texts look natural and are perfectly in sync with outdoor lighting conditions. This is the best you can get when it comes to glare-free reading on the iPad, however, in the end, it’s still a resurgence offering.

What that means is that there is light that falls on your eyes no matter what software or hardware is turned on. This again is an undesirable scenario if you are concerned about the health of your eyes. Electronic paper solutions such as E Ink displays offer the best possible solution when it comes to delivering a glare-free reading experience. You will have less eye strain even when reading for long hours which is why most e-readers display e-ink screens.

reading sunlight

It can be hard to resist the temptation to settle in the sun during the winter months and pair up with your favorite books. Unfortunately, the iPad isn’t designed to fit such a scheme of things. Instead, the Apple tablet is at its best when operating indoors or in shaded areas. The best that the iPad can do is maximize the brightness setting, which is often not the best solution and does little to improve readability. Alternatively, it can cause severe battery drain.

Here E Ink does a great job and can deliver a perfect reading experience in direct sunlight as well. The reason is that the E Ink is reflective in nature and does not emit any light as such. Instead, it relies on external light to illuminate the screen, so the more light falls on the screen, the better the readability. Furthermore, since E Ink monitors only require power during an update, they can show a stable display almost indefinitely—literally—without draining power.


The iPad doesn’t come with any major drawbacks in weight. Take, for example, the new iPad Mini. It is not only light enough, but the weight is also evenly distributed to allow it to be used with one hand without causing much discomfort. This is not surprising for a device that weighs only 300 grams.

However, if you think that’s light enough, consider the new Kindle Paperwhite that tips the scales at just 183 grams. While it is true that a direct comparison between the two does not make sense and would be hugely unfair to either device, it is just a matter of going home where the e-reader will always be lighter since it consists only of the components needed to serve the purpose of reading the e-book and nothing otherwise. So, this should be another reason for Apple to consider getting into the e-reader game.

Poolside reading

Never try to do such a thing with your iPad as none of the Apple tablets come with any official IP rating. So, no matter how tempting it may sound, slipping in the bathtub on a hot summer’s day is definitely not recommended because ingress of water can seriously damage your iPad. The bookworm associated with the Apple Books ecosystem might want an e-reader like the Kindle Paperwhite or Kobo Forma to keep up with its reading even when you’re in the bathtub.


The 2021 10.2-inch iPad model is the cheapest at $329, while the smaller 8.3-inch iPad Mini 2021 will set you back $499. This is a large amount of money. In contrast, the new Kindle Paperwhite is priced at just $140 while the Signature Edition comes in at $190. So, if you’re looking for a device from Apple to just read books, be prepared to shell out a few hundred dollars. The price of the e-reader would have been much lower.

Kaleido 3

Think of E Ink displays and chances are you’ll have visions of monochrome displays with a paper-like feel. The appearance of the Kaleido 3 changes all that and adds a dash of color to your black and white display. Also, apart from delivering rich colors, there has been an overall improvement in almost every aspect of the E Ink displays, be it performance, contrast, refresh rate, etc. What this means is that Apple will have better display technology at its disposal if they want to get into the e-reader space.

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