Apple pegs price, release date and availability for the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display

Apple pegs price, release date and availability for the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display
Hey ho, Apple just announced the lightest 10-incher and the most resolute mini tablet out there. The iPad Air is incredibly feathery for premium slate, and the 326ppi on the iPad mini with Retina Display speaks for itself.

What, when, where, how much? Chill, it's Apple, so availability is shortly after the grand unveiling, right? Wrong. This time Apple was on the hush-hush about the actual launch, mumbling the cryptic "later in November," which might have nothing to do with change of tradition and all to do with the rumored production issues of that crazy Retina Display on the munchkin. After all, Steve Jobs has never faced such stiff competition from Android and Windows slates, so he'll have to forgive Tim Cook for the supply chain hiccup if he's listening, given the tablets' specs.

As for the good old iPad Air, the lightest 10" slab out there is pegged for the typical short launch after announcement in dozens of countries and even on T-Mobile this time, and can be yours come November 1st even. Pricing? The usual for the Air, a tad premium for the Retina on the iPad mini, quickly scaling right up to the abominable $829 for the new 128 GB version of the 8" slate.

Apple pegs price, release date and availability for the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display

source: Apple

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17 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hello mini2. Retina, a7 64 bit, gig of RAM, I'm officially in love.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Which color are you deciding to get?

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

White Smurf

9. loyals

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

its defenetly worth the price

16. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

+1 :D

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

iPad 2 is still being sold for $399 lol. Typical Apple.

5. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I hadn't noticed that. Wow, that... I don't know what to say. I wouldn't pay $3.99 for the iPad 2, much less $399... And with the Mini 2 costing the exact same... wow...

10. loyals

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

donno about ipad 2 , but mini 2 is too good for 399$ .

13. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

They just pulled another iPhone 5 move to once again force the idiots to pay more or get the F out, hopefully more choose the latter.

4. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

IPad mini 2 only has 1ppi more than the 2013 n7. 323 vs 324 not the 326 mentioned in the article.

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Those are Apple's figures. PA just simply copied and pasted. http://www.apple.com/ipad-mini/

7. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

We did run a quick calculation, actually. I attribute the difference to the likely fact that the iPad mini's display is actually 7.85-inches or so.

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Probably. Thanks Chris!

12. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Seems like Apple went all in with the features on their tablets this year. Sure beats the incremental updates that normally occur.

14. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

The only thing that changed this year that didn't last year is the look. So I don't know how this is any less incremental. As for the mini, it just got brought almost up to par in terms of what was expected.

15. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

A lot of people didn't expect to see a Retina display on the Mini, it was still on the fence for many on whether it would get it or not. 64 bit processor as well. And more surprising, a lot of software offered for free now. Add in the price drops on the Mac series and my take on this is Apple is making a big grab to get new customers, and once they make the purchase, lock them into the Apple ecosystem.

17. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

hmm... lumia 2520 : 32 gb, LTE, GPS with GLONASS, 6.4mp camera, quad core processor, MS Office, Nokia build quality, and finally, a $499 price tag (probably even cheaper on a subsidized plan). Metrosexual yuppies in the US might be stupid, but I don't think the average consumer is.

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