If you're done comparing the iPad Air with the iPad 4, now it's time to switch to their smaller brothers - the latest, second-generation iPad Mini with Retina display and the original iPad Mini. To make it easier for readers, I will be including in the bullet list below only what is different, so you won't have to compare similar features. Have a careful look as there might be some pleasant and some not so pleasant surprises.
As you can see, it's a matter of choice. The first-generation iPad Mini is thinner and lighter because it lacks the Retina display panel and the bigger battery that needs to feed it. In the same time, if you're ok with the resolution and the performance you have and you are looking to save a few bucks, then you should choose the first iPad Mini. But if blazing speeds while browsing and crisp images are your thing, then iPad Mini with Retina Display should be your choice.
- Original iPad Mini is cheaper by $100: 16GB Wi-Fi version - $299 compared to $399; 16 GB Wi‑Fi + Cellular version - $429 compared to $529
- Original iPad Mini is slightly thinner: 0.28 inch (7.2 mm) compared to 0.29 inch (7.5 mm)
- Original iPad Mini is slightly lighter: Wi‑Fi version weighs 0.68 pound (308 g) compared to 0.73 pound (331g); Wi‑Fi + Cellular version weighs 0.69 pound (312 g)
- iPad Mini with Retina display has much better resolution: 2048-by-1536 resolution at 326 pixels per inch (ppi) compared to 1024-by-768 resolution at 163 pixels per inch (ppi)
- iPad Mini with Retina display has much better performance: A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor compared to Dual-core A5 chip
- iPad Mini with Retina display comes with 3x video zoom
- iPad Mini with Retina display comes with ultrafast wireless with faster built-in Wi-Fi and expanded LTE cellular connectivity
You've just seen the iPad Air launch event, then compared the latest iPad with the last year's model and decided you are ready to pre-order? Unfortunately, we have bad news for those who can't wait. If you want to be sure you get the new ultra-thin iPad Air as quickly as possible by preordering it, you'll have to wait until November 1st, as the tablets are not available in Apple's store and not even for pre-orders.
The same thing happens when you try to buy the redesigned iPad Mini. Before finishing the pre-order process, you will get either one of the following messages:
Even if there were supply constraints with the new iPhone units, especially the iPhone 5s, Apple did let users place pre-orders which sometimes work at least as a consolation for consumers and gives them a rough estimate of the shipping date. This seems to be one of the very few, if not the first time when Apple announces a product but doesn't make it available for pre-order right away. We will be talking in a future posting about posssible causes.
"Available online and in Apple Retail Stores on November 1"
Today's Apple event is now done and over with. For those of you who missed it and don't feel like watching the entire keynote on Apple's website, I have compiled a roundup of everything you need to know about the new iPads. In this video I talk about the features and changes with the iPad Air and the iPad Mini 2nd generation. The iPad Air is the new 5th generation iPad, for those who don't know, which received a complete redesign along with some spec upgrades. The iPad Mini 2nd generation now comes with a Retina display, as previously speculated, and also has its fair share of goodies.
The iPad Air is a serious improvement over the forth-generation iPad, as the fifth-gen iPad is 20 percent thinner and 28 percent lighter than the iPad 4 and has a iPad Mini-like design. It also comes with the A7 chip, that provides a blazing fast performance with the 64-bit desktop-class chip architecture. Just like the iPhone 5s, Apple's fifth-gen iOS tablet also comes with M7 motion co-processor which will do wonders in fitness-related applications. iPad Air also has improved ultrafast wireless connectivity and faster built-in Wi-Fi.
But besides these major differences, there are other tech specs that you need to take a close loook at. To help you decide whether you need to upgrade to iPad Air or not, have a look at the detailed specs comparison table above. After having compared closely the two iPad models, are you going to get the iPad Air or wait for the next year model?
Source: Digital Trends
At the Yerba Buena event in San Francisco that has just ended (you can watch it online on Apple's website), Apple's CEO Tim Cook disclosed an interesting bit of information. Cook said today that Apple had sold over 170 million iPads in total since the first version has been launched. This big number depicts the huge impact that Apple's tablets have had on mobile computing and our daily lives.
Apple's CEO also mentioned hat the iPad has a 81% share of tablet usage, but he didn't quote any research firms, so let's take that with a grain of salt. But where Apple's boss really hit the nail on the head was with the number of apps designed for iPad - 475,000. Almost half a million of applications optimized for the iPad is a number that definitely makes Android tablet owners jealous.
If you missed Apple's event where the company has announced the iPad Air, the Retina display iPad Mini and some other product updates, then you can watch the entire keynote on Apple’s website (follow the link from the source). Even if you did follow the event, maybe you want to see it again, maybe to watch Eddy Cue and his poster for his musical event or just to see the crowd's reaction when the iPad Air is announced.
To see the event video online, you will need Safari 4 or later on OS X v10.6 or later; Safari on iOS 4.2 or later; or QuickTime 7 on Windows. Or maybe you want to sream it via your Apple TV, the second or third-generation Apple TV with software 5.0.2 or later will do it. Let us know what was your favorite moment from the keynote.
Source: Apple Special Event page
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen! With the Apple announcement behind us, it is time to announce our winner of the Strotter Across SL iPad Case. Before announcing the winner we just have to say FREE Mavericks? Wow!!! How cool is that? Ok, back on topic and our winner. A huge 'thank you' goes out to everyone who entered. Besides reading about all the fun costumes, some of us here at iPad HQ got some great ideas for our costumes this year
Without further adieu, the winner of the Slotter Case is........................Suns.................... ...
SunsNut!!! Congratulations SunsNut!! Beside winning best costume, you just won yourself a very cool iPad case.
Everyone please give it up for SunsNut!!
Oct 22, 2013 - 2:59 PM - by dgstorm
Even though we shared this information in our specs and features post, we still thought it would be handy to include a separate story to explain the pricing of the new iPad lineup. We also wanted to share some of the other prices they shared today. Here's how the new Apple pricing structure breaks down:
Feel free to share pricing information for any of the other versions of these products in this thread!
- 16GB WiFi Only iPad Air (iPad 5) = $499
- Cellular version of 16GB iPad Air (iPad 5) = $629
- New WiFi Only iPad Mini 2 = $399
- Original iPad Mini = $299
- Mac OS X Mavericks = FREE
- Mac Pro = $2,999
- 13-inch MacBook Pro = starts at $1,299 depending on configuration
- 15-inch MacBook Pro = starts at $1,999 depending on configuration
Oct 22, 2013 - 2:49 PM - by Maura
At today’s Apple iPad Special Event in San Francisco, senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, announced the biggest redesign ever for its iWork productivity suite for both OS X and iOS.
All apps have been updated to 64-bit, have iCloud integration and are also now completely free when purchasing a new Mac or iOS device.
The new iWork suite for Mac and iOS, comprising Pages, Numbers and Keynote, is designed to make creating, editing and sharing documents easier than ever before. The suite has a new, unified file format, meaning total document fidelity across Mac, iOS and iCloud; the iWork for iCloud beta also now has support for real-time collaboration. Essentially, this means that you can create a document on iPad, edit on a Mac, and work on it with your friends or colleagues in iWork for iCloud, even if those friends are using a PC.
If you watched today's presentation, you will have seen just how easy it was for multiple people to work together on the same project. Very impressive!
iWork for iOS is available for free from the App Store for any new device that runs iOS7, or as free updates for existing users.
Oct 22, 2013 - 2:31 PM - by dgstorm
Apple also just unveiled their new iPad Mini. It's the second generation iPad Mini and it now includes a full Retina display & more!
The iPad Mini 2nd-Gen will be coming later in November and will sell for $399. The original iPad Mini will still be available but will be cheaper now at just $299.
- 7.9-inch Retina Display (2,048 x 1,536 pixels resolution)
- New A7 Chip 64-Bit CPU & M7 Motion Coprocessor
- GPU is twice as fast as previous gen and 8x faster than original iPad
- 10-hour battery life - no loss in battery life
- Comes in Silver & White and Space Gray & Black
- 9.7-inch Retina Display
- MIMO Antennae
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