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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 3:57:57 AM , Rating: 2
The best mobile (and even PC!) games don't necessarily need insane 3D visuals.

I think this is more the case with mobile touch games. Something like Infinity Blade 3 on iOS looks better than anything on a tablet or phone, but man is the gameplay dull. Same with most other tablet shooters, etc. They make for cool tech demos but that's pretty much it IMHO since the gameplay isn't that well suited to touchscreen control.

I have no problem recommending strategy, tactics, and board games on things like the iPad though. You get uncompromised gameplay in those genres, and in some cases its even better than its PC counterparts.

Frozen Synapse is a perfect example of this, it seemed designed for touch even when it first came out. FTL coming out on iPad makes me super happy since it was one of the best PC games I played in 2012, and like Frozen Synapse it seems made for touch.

A game that bridges both gameplay and visuals is XCom Enemy Unknown for iPad. It is a faithful port of the PC version and it works great:

It seems unfair to ding the iPad for being a "fashion accessory" when it has the best developer support and such good hardware under the hood. App libraries matter, which is why I game on Windows instead of Linux and the Playstation instead of the XBox.

The iPad does cost more than other options though, double that of the NVIDIA tablet, so that's clearly a big factor. I think the 2013 Nexus 7 is good (certainly much better than the Kindle Fire) and based on my positive experience with the NVIDIA Shield (really cool!) I hope their Note is good as well.

RE: I love the hardware...
By TakinYourPoints on 11/13/2013 4:03:45 AM , Rating: 2
By the way, Frozen Synapse got ported from iOS to Android very recently (yay!) and is currently in beta. It is GREAT, you should get your hands on it.

Cross-platform multiplayer across all desktop and mobile operating systems, amazing soundtrack, deep "one more turn" gameplay, its the best.

Also get the Steam version while you're at it. :)

RE: I love the hardware...
By retrospooty on 11/15/2013 5:40:56 AM , Rating: 1
I just checked out most of the games you have mentioned and I have figured something out that actually explains alot... Your threshold for what is a "great game" is way WAY WAY too low. You like some of the lamest most boring shit I have seen in years. Good god dood, get a filter. No wonder you have no clue about apps and games, you have no taste period.

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