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Shortages expected for iPad mini with retina display

If you've been counting the days until you can get your hands on the new Apple iPad mini with Retina display, the tablet has officially launched. The iPad mini with the Retina Display brings the same resolution from the 9.7-inch iPad (2048x1536) to a smaller 7.9-inch device.
 
We already know all the hardware features of the iPad mini with Retina display. The tablet will use an Apple A7 processor featuring a 64-bit desktop-class architecture. All versions of the tablet will feature integrated Wi-Fi with versions offering LTE 4G connectivity available for $130 extra.
 
“The response to iPad Air has been incredible, and we’re excited for customers to experience the new iPad mini with Retina display,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We think customers will love both of these thin, light, powerful new iPads, and we’re working hard to get as many as we can in the hands of our customers.”


iPad mini with Retina Display
 
With Apple's comment that it is "working hard" to get the new iPad mini into the hands of customers, you can bet there will be a shortage of this tablet early on. The basic Wi-Fi version of the iPad mini with Retina display and 16 GB of storage will sell for $399, a 32 GB version sells for $499, and a 64 GB version sells for $599. People needing even more storage can get a 128 GB version for $699.
 
Versions of the iPad mini with Retina display featuring integrated LTE connectivity start at $529 for 16 GB of storage and go up to $829 for 128 GB of storage. With the new iPad mini with Retina display now available, the original iPad mini can be purchased for $299 with 16 GB of storage.

Sources: Apple, Apple Store



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RE: I love the hardware...
By hughlle on 11/12/2013 11:24:10 AM , Rating: 2
I agree. Apple do make some truly fantastic hardware (not taking into account the fact that it all looks the same) but the one reason i would not buy an apple product is ios and me just do not get on well.

Almost more than that though, is the issue of what about all my paid apps.


RE: I love the hardware...
By Stuka on 11/12/2013 2:11:03 PM , Rating: 2
Definitely. If Apple gave a App Store credit for the majority of the cost of my Android apps ($100+ by now), I would be much more inclined to convert. They could really grease the deal if they gave me $150 to trade in my Nexus.

Still prefer the Android OS, but social pressure and all.. whole family is on iOS. :(


RE: I love the hardware...
By Reclaimer77 on 11/12/2013 3:56:00 PM , Rating: 2
I've never been impressed with the iPad personally. You get the bare minimum for a premium price, and the most antiquated OS out there.

The damn things STILL only have 1gig of memory! I just love when the browser has to reload pages because there's not enough memory to keep things in the cache. This is 2013 right?


RE: I love the hardware...
By Solandri on 11/12/2013 4:13:53 PM , Rating: 2
While they definitely could use more memory, Apple is good (and has always been good) about minimizing the memory footprint of their OSes. It's a questionable priority considering how cheap memory is. But nevertheless one of the benefits is that they can get away with 1 GB while other products use 2 GB. The shortfall does show up when you do memory-intensive tasks though.


RE: I love the hardware...
By Reclaimer77 on 11/12/2013 4:30:14 PM , Rating: 2
But they AREN'T getting away with it when the OS can't multitask and the browser has to reload pages every time you go back to one.

I've even seen Safari crash because lots of tabs were open and it ran out of memory. That's unacceptable.


RE: I love the hardware...
By Tony Swash on 11/13/13, Rating: 0
RE: I love the hardware...
By Solandri on 11/12/2013 4:10:47 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
I agree. Apple do make some truly fantastic hardware

Apple doesn't make any hardware. The screen is made by AUO, the CPU by Samsung, the GPU by PowerVR, the memory by Samsung or Toshiba, the other components by Foxconn, and the case I'm trying to figure out if it's made by Foxconn or another supplier. The Macbooks are made by Quanta, who also buy parts from the same suppliers as everyone else. The only part of the hardware that's theirs are the tweaks they made to the ARM reference design for the CPU (which Samsung then produces for them).

There is nothing fundamentally different about Apple hardware than the hardware in other products. All of it comes from the same suppliers everyone else uses (or can use). Apple just has iOS, some different design priorities, and one helluva marketing program.


RE: I love the hardware...
By retrospooty on 11/12/2013 5:39:40 PM , Rating: 2
It's not that they "make" it, but it is generally pretty high quality stuff. Designed well, etc. Not always, but mostly. They have a hell of alot tighter standards than your Dell's HTC's, and HP's...


RE: I love the hardware...
By ven1ger on 11/12/2013 6:56:42 PM , Rating: 2
Apple doesn't compete well against hardware manufacturers. Which is one of the reasons for their closed ecosystem. If you want to run OS X or whatever Mac version, you're stuck buying from Apple at a premium price they set. For Dells, HPs and the other PC makers that run Windows, the competition requires lower margins and variety. Apple can release 1-2 devices for their OS's and still charge a premium, gives them time to work on the design and testing. Others have to rush the products out and get it out ASAP, thereby cutting down on the testing time and also having lower margins that Apple enjoys because of their ecosystem.

While Apple reaps exceptional profit on its closed ecosystem, the problems with such a system is that they have to offer better alternatives (hardware/software) than the rest of the industry, which one company vs multitudes doesn't quite seem practical in the long term.


RE: I love the hardware...
By Tony Swash on 11/13/2013 11:22:54 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
While Apple reaps exceptional profit on its closed ecosystem, the problems with such a system is that they have to offer better alternatives (hardware/software) than the rest of the industry, which one company vs multitudes doesn't quite seem practical in the long term.


Apple have had that same business model for over thirty years and are still here and stronger than ever. In the tech sector three decades is pretty long term. As Apple showed after Jobs had returned even in the PC market, where Apple had apparently 'lost' a long time ago, they could end up being the most successful PC maker by far.

This an interesting take on all this:

http://stratechery.com/2013/clayton-christensen-go...


RE: I love the hardware...
By superstition on 11/13/2013 1:36:22 AM , Rating: 2
The iPhone 5's A6 SoC: Not A15 or A9, a Custom Apple Core Instead
by Anand Lal Shimpi, Sept. 15 2012

quote:
Given Apple's reliance on fully licensed ARM cores in the past, the expected performance gains and unpublishable information that started all of this I concluded Apple's A6 SoC likely featured two ARM Cortex A15 cores.

It turns out I was wrong. But pleasantly surprised.

The A6 is the first Apple SoC to use its own ARMv7 based processor design. The CPU core(s) aren't based on a vanilla A9 or A15 design from ARM IP, but instead are something of Apple's own creation.

That is just one example.

quote:
The IEEE 1394 interface is a serial bus interface standard for high-speed communications and isochronous real-time data transfer. It was developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s by Apple, who called it FireWire. The last update, IEEE 1394c-2006, was published on June 8, 2007.


RE: I love the hardware...
By TakinYourPoints on 11/13/2013 1:55:15 AM , Rating: 2
This is totally incorrect. As superstition's post covers, Apple has a license to create their own ARM designs. The A6 and A7 are totally custom configurations, which makes sense given the billions Apple has spent acquiring other semi-conductor firms. They don't have all of those chip engineers taping out custom designs just so that they can use off the shelf configurations like everyone else. Samsung is a foundry for them, but that's it, they aren't contracted to design SoCs.

Apple has gone so far as to purchase equipment like CNC machines for companies like Foxconn so that they could mass produce their aluminum enclosures. Manufacturers weren't capable of doing this at scale so Apple made the investment in the equipment themselves. It wasn't just a case of some OEM designing it for them. The indirect benefit is that other companies eventually got into using that CNC equipment themselves. Benefits for everyone.

Their motherboards and such are also custom designs. Obviously things like memory modules, antennas (Apple had to wait on Qualcomm making more efficient LTE chips before using it in their own products), and displays are from other companies, but the same goes for any other basic commodity. One distinction with things like displays is that Apple does quality control and color calibration with their LCDs that most other OEMs do not.

Are you also going to criticize them for using the same flash modules as everyone else? An electronics product is more than basic commodity parts slapped together. What matters is that they have a high level of quality control on things like display quality, chassis, build quality, physical interfaces, and SoC performance. That has an immediate impact on user experience, which is enough to distinguish their products from others on the market.


RE: I love the hardware...
By greenchinesepuck on 11/13/2013 2:28:03 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
they have a high level of quality control on things like display quality, chassis, build quality, physical interfaces, and SoC performance
You're hurting Motoman's feelings now ;)


RE: I love the hardware...
By Harry Wild on 11/13/2013 9:41:17 PM , Rating: 2
RAM memory is made by Japan-based Elpida!


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