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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 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
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 ;)

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