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  • New Retina iPad mini Priced at $399


    Check out the new iPad mini.

    As rumored, the refreshed iPad mini delivers Retina display and absorbs some of the remarkable new internal components that make the iPhone 5s and iPad Air so powerful.

    Starting at $399 for 16GB, (the first-gen iPad mini falls to $299), the Retina iPad mini offers up just as many pixels as the full-size iPad Air. If you crunch the numbers at home, that means the iPad mini gives us a higher pixel density on its display than the full sized iPad (the new iPad Air).



    The iPad mini is powered by the A7 chip and is approximately 4-times faster at CPU tasks than the first-gen mini. It's also 8-times faster at graphics-related tasks.

    Through it all, the new iPad mini still offers 10 hours of battery life.

    The second-gen iPad mini as well as the iPad Air will be available in time for the holidays, although pre-order and launch dates haven't yet been confirmed.

    As expected, the new model comes in silver and white, and space grey and black.

    Source: Apple
    This article was originally published in forum thread: New Retina iPad mini Priced at $399 started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. evolution83's Avatar
      evolution83 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jato_BZ View Post
      Exactly the same boat. If I didnt have my iPad3 I'd jump at the iPad air. But for me I've always liked the look of the mini except that it wasnt Retina. Now that its Retina & A7 powered im very interested! Personally I'm going for the Mini Retina when it's released over here(New Zealand)

      Good luck with your decision
      I think I'm going to jump ship and order the Mini Retina. Hell, if everything is the same and the price is $100 less, with the same functionality and great looking screen as the big dog, I'm in!
    1. holyshnikes's Avatar
      holyshnikes -
      When I first saw it I thought the pricing of the mini retina was insane! Why would they do that? However, looking at it again, it makes sense. It's the same device as the iPad Air. THE SAME THING! Except it's smaller. That is a great feat, something a lot of people have overlooked. Before when the mini came out, the specs were not the same as the newer iPad and the pricing was a little steep. Now you can get the new iPad Air for $100 bucks cheaper if you get the mini instead. I love my current mini, and would be glad to get the Retina.

      A side note.....

      Yes Apple offered the older mini at $30 cheaper. But that is Apple pricing. Most stores already offered the device at $299. This means they can go even cheaper as well! I think that is worth noting.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by GrandMstrBud View Post
      Yes it is a failure, they finally got smart and added AWS in the iPhone's but I just don't get why they don't put it in the cellular model of the iPad. I like the iPhone but it's just to small for a phone but I'd like to get a tablet but it will only get EDGE speed which is horrible. I'd for sure have bought one if it had AWS bands. I have the Galaxy 10.1 now from TMO and works great but it's pretty old. Hoping the Nexus 10 2 has this as does the Nexus 7 2013 model.
      Just because it doesn't fit your needs does not make it a failure by any means. You wouldn't even have your Galaxy 10.1 if it weren't for the success of the original iPad.

      Oh and this may interest you: iPad Air and Retina iPad mini will support T-Mobile LTE, including 200MB of free monthly data
    1. iPhoneThereforeIAm's Avatar
      iPhoneThereforeIAm -
      Quote Originally Posted by babyydaveyy View Post
      I'm a little confused... What separates the iPad air vs the new iPad mini. They now both have the same resolution and the same 64-bit A7 chip. Shouldn't they perform exactly the same?
      I think the Air has the 7X not the A7 chip.
    1. Jato_BZ's Avatar
      Jato_BZ -
      Quote Originally Posted by iPhoneThereforeIAm View Post
      I think the Air has the 7X not the A7 chip.
      Nope just A7 from what I heard/saw on the keynote same as the 5S.
    1. jigar7's Avatar
      jigar7 -
      Being an Apple follower... the price point is highly disappointing for the Retina Mini. Ridiculous when compared to the Nexus 7 2013.
      I was waiting for Apple to release mini cuz I thought this is gonna be a good cost effective upgrade. Clearly I was wrong. Why can't apple introduce low cost tablets... and by low cost, I don't mean a 5C type crap device selling for 400$+! (how the f**k is that a low cost device!!) They put such cheap plastic backs on the 5C.
      I guess for phones.. I'll stick to Apple... but I'm gonna go for the Nexus 7 LTE in the tablet section... don't care id it has a smaller screen... the dollar to performance ratio is higher than that of the Mini.
    1. iPhoneThereforeIAm's Avatar
      iPhoneThereforeIAm -
      Quote Originally Posted by jigar7 View Post
      Being an Apple follower... the price point is highly disappointing for the Retina Mini. Ridiculous when compared to the Nexus 7 2013.
      I was waiting for Apple to release mini cuz I thought this is gonna be a good cost effective upgrade. Clearly I was wrong. Why can't apple introduce low cost tablets... and by low cost, I don't mean a 5C type crap device selling for 400$+! (how the f**k is that a low cost device!!) They put such cheap plastic backs on the 5C.
      I guess for phones.. I'll stick to Apple... but I'm gonna go for the Nexus 7 LTE in the tablet section... don't care id it has a smaller screen... the dollar to performance ratio is higher than that of the Mini.
      Good.
      No-one's forcing you to buy it.
      You gets what ye pays for.
      If you don't want to spend much, you're not gunna get much.
      Why should Apple gear their pricing to suit your budget ?
      It's not too expensive - it's just too expensive for you.
      Now go play with your iPad-wannabe.
    1. The Maestro's Avatar
      The Maestro -
      Quote Originally Posted by GrandMstrBud View Post
      Apple has failed for the 5th time now. I don't get why you make a cellular model and not have the 1700/2100 AWS 3/4G bands. The Nexus 7 2013 LTE model will be the choice.
      They've had 1700/2100 for 3 years how do you think tmobile LTE and 3G works?
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Maestro View Post
      They've had 1700/2100 for 3 years how do you think tmobile LTE and 3G works?

      Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO
      Bluetooth 4.0 technology
      UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
      CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900 MHz)
      LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26)1
      Data only9


      How do you figure? There is no 1700/2100 on any of the iPads. The new iPhones do with the 5C and 5S but never on the iPad. The LTE does and 3G does only in the refraimed areas for T-Mobile but I'm not sure how you see that 1700/2100 (AWS) works for 3/4G or HDSPA+