Apple\u2019s smaller iPad, the iPad mini, made a lot of news headlines yesterday. Most of the media focused on the new hardware, but it\u2019s the apps that really matter. Here are a few things iPad mini users can expect when it comes to apps.\n\t* iPad mini apps won\u2019t need to be updated. The iPad mini has a smaller screen than the iPad 2 or current-generation iPad, but developers won\u2019t have to downscale their apps. That\u2019s because the iPad mini has the same pixel resolution as the iPad 1 and 2. Even so, smaller in-app buttons might make tapping them more difficult.\n\t* Gamers should be happy. Compared to the bigger iPads, the iPad mini is lighter and thinner and you can hold it in one hand. Translation: The mini should be a killer tablet for game apps. However, keep in mind the iPad mini uses Apple\u2019s A5 processor, and the new fourth-generation iPad has the faster Apple A6X chip.\n\t* E-book fans should be ecstatic, thanks to the iPad mini\u2019s smaller size and easy-to-hold design (compared to bigger iPads). iPad mini users get a bigger screen than the ones on an Amazon Kindle or Barnes & Noble dedicated e-reader, too. Apple\u2019s bookstore works with the iPad mini, and you can also download and read Kindle, Barnes & Noble and Google e-books on the device.\n\t* Productivity won\u2019t be a selling point. Let\u2019s face it, the bigger iPads are only marginally viable as laptop replacements, because tablet apps simply aren\u2019t as full-featured as their desktop software equivalents. (See my earlier post on this topic, \u201cWhy I\u2019m Resisting the Post-PC Revolution.\u201d) Throw in a smaller screen, and the iPad mini is even less attractive as a laptop alternative.\n\tIf you\u2019re hot to buy an iPad mini, here are a couple of other things to keep in mind.\n\t* Get a model with as much storage as you can afford, especially if you\u2019re a gamer. The file sizes of iOS apps continue to grow, and they increased by 16 percent on average between March and September 2012, according to ABI Research. While the average iOS app across all categories was 23 MB in September, the average game was 60 MB in size\u2014an increase of 42 percent over the same six-month period.\n\t* If you plan to sell your big iPad, give Amazon a try. Selling used electronics is so much easier on Amazon than on eBay, in my experience. And you\u2019ll get a better price for your used iPad on Amazon than you would sending it to Gazelle.com or other sites that buy used electronics. For example, a third-generation 32 GB, Wi-Fi-only iPad could fetch about $430 on Amazon, compared to Gazelle\u2019s $300 offer.