Apple Announces 9.7" iPad Air; iPad mini Gets Retina Display for $399
October 22, 2013 2:15 PM
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Apple launches a fifth generation iPad and second generation iPad mini
Even though Apple CEO Tim Cook vowed to
“double down” on secrecy and leaks last year
, it seems as though informational leaks on unreleased Apple products have actually become more prolific. Products like the iPhone 5, iPad mini, iPad 4, iPhone 5S, and iPhone 5C have all been given an “early reveal” thanks to plentiful leaks from parts suppliers.
So it should be no shock to our readers that today sees the launch of the new iPad and the second generation iPad mini. And predictably the early leaks were, for the most part, correct.
Perhaps the biggest surprise is that the new iPad has gotten a new name. It’s not the iPad 5; instead, it’s called the iPad Air. The new tablet is 7.5mm thin versus 9.4mm (20 percent thinner) and the screen bezels are 43 percent smaller. Weight has also been trimmed down to an even one pound, making it the lightest full-size tablet on the market.
Like the iPhone 5s, the iPad Air features an A7 processor and M7 co-processor inside. Other features include a 5MP iSight rear camera, FaceTime HD camera up front, and dual microphones. What you won't see, however, is TouchID or 802.11ac support. Battery life is still pegged at 10 hours.
It will be available in White/Silver and Black/Space Grey. And unfortunately, Apple still hasn’t upgraded its base storage capacity configuration since the original was introduced in 2010. That means that $499 will still only get you 16GB of storage. The iPad Air will be available November 1.
The iPad mini has also been updated with an A7 processor and a Retina display. It also gets 2x faster Wi-Fi and expanded LTE compatibility in cellular versions. Like its big brother, the new iPad mini will be available in White/Silver and Black/Space Grey. Unfortunately, price has jumped to $399 in the base/16GB configuration and jumps to $529 for an iPad mini LTE with 16GB of storage.
iPad mini with Retina Display
However, the first generation iPad mini sticks around at a lower price point of $299.
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10/22/2013 4:31:55 PM
To also add to your list,
- Samsung SCH-2000 (first cell phone with voice dialing)
- Samsung Uproar (first cell phone with built-in MP3 player)
- Apple's "Retina Display", which is basically IPS technology (created by Hitachi), has been around since 1996 (for high-end CAD and desktop monitor workstations only until recently).
- Macbook Pro (Apple is notorious for charging double-triple the cost of DDR3 RAM when configuring even when DDR3 was dirt cheap)
- Macbook Pro (Apple is notorious for providing previous or two-generations-ago GPU’s and CPU’s on older MB Pro’s and 5400RPM notebook hard drives (when 7200RPM became prevalent).
Apple charges $20 for its Service Packs and its iMessage system isn’t as secure as Apple claims.
Apple didn’t create Siri; they simply bought the company (Siri Inc.) who made the voice command program and incorporated it into their product (which isn’t uncommon in business).
10/22/2013 5:54:29 PM
I think many readers at Dailytech miss the point when it comes to the type of innovation that Apple brings. Innovation isn't always simply being the first company to release a feature - innovation can also be creating a superior medium to unite many inventions together over a simpler, more polished interface. In other words, Apple's true innovation is not in the ingredients, it's in the recipe, and the secrets to pulling off the recipe lie in the software.
10/23/2013 1:19:01 PM
It's not so much innovation, more so creative marketing. Sure I agree programs like iOS definitely was a game-changer but let me ask you this: if Samsung originally created iOS and launched it with its Galaxy smartphone before the iPhone 1 came out, would the Samsung brand enjoy the blind loyalty and a cult following status like Apple does?
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