iPad Mini with Retina Display Now on Sale

Apple's Retina display iPad Mini is officially on sale. Whispers started late last night after the company's online Apple store went down for updates. Sure enough, when the store came back, it brought with it the brand new iPad Mini.

Announced last month alongside the iPad Air, Apple talked less about the iPad Mini than it did the new iPad Air, though the iPad Mini's upgrades are not insignificant. The second generation iPad Mini received the Retina display everyone missed with the introduction of the first generation iPad Mini as well as the iPhone 5S's A7 SoC.

Full specs include that all important 7.9-inch 2048 x 1536 (326 ppi) display, Apple's 64-bit A7 SoC, up to 128 GB of flash storage, a 5-megapixel iSight camera, a 1.2-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, LTE (optional), and a 23.8-watt-hour battery. 

Available in 'Space Gray' and plain old silver, the iPad Mini starts at $399 for the 16 GB model and goes right up to $699 for the 128 GB model. It’s also available in 32 GB ($499) and 64 GB ($599) capacities. The 16 GB and 32 GB models are currently shipping in 1-3 business days while the 64 GB and 128 GB models are shipping out in 5 - 10 business days. The LTE models (priced at $529, $629, $729, and $829 for the 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB models, respectively) are also shipping out in 5 - 10 days.

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  • stevejnb
    Eh, obviously, unless you *really* want iOS on your tablet, this is a bum deal for hardware. But, iOS offers a distinct experience that some people really value so, for those people, Apple can name their price.
  • house70
    Too expensive for something that is trying to catch up with Nexus 7. For a screen that is 0.9 " larger one would have to pay twice the price? The fact that you're stuck with an inferior OS doesn't help, either.
    I guess we'll find out pretty soon whether Apple is using the same borked sensors as in iPhone5S or not.
  • stevejnb
    House, I'm not exactly an iOS fan, but "inferior OS" is kind of in the eye of the beholder. As someone who considers Windows RT a better tablet OS than either of them, I hear people going on and on about "ZOMG but it only has 100,000 apps LOL" - if you consider this sound reasoning, well, iOS DOES have more apps than Android. What's more, Apple does have a remarkably well integrated system along with a bunch of services that are Apple only that people have invested a lot of money and hours into.

    Apple is my #3 choice for a lot of reasons, but I don't actually believe it's an inferior OS. Android has a good host of issues that make it less than ideal for a lot of people.