IPad Mini with Retina Display Now Available, Apple "Working Hard" to Meet Demand
November 12, 2013 9:45 AM
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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.
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RE: 8inch not that portable
11/17/2013 12:21:25 AM
It sounds like you stopped at simple area and never moved on to Pythagorean theorem. We are dealing with a diagonal measurements from different aspect ratios. If the aspect ratio is different then you can have two different screen sizes at the same height, which is the largest dimension. The largest dimension is the primary dimension for determining portability class and the screen ultimately determines a tablets largest dimension.
Ignoring that the iPad mini and the Nexus 7 are both exactly 200mm in their largest dimension and, thus, are inarguably in the same class of portability, let's focus on their screens alone and compare:
First of all, iPad mini is closer to 7.8-inches than it is to 8-inches. It's often reported as 7.9-inches but that's already rounded up from 7.85-inches. Rounding up twice is not OK. I'll resist the urge to round down to 7.8 despite it being more justified than the twice-rounded up 8-inch figure that's been getting batted around here. Exactly 7.85-inches it is, then.
Now, with the 4:3 aspect ratio, that gives iPad mini a height of 15.9cm. The Nexus 7 with 16:10 aspect is 15.1cm tall. That's a 0.8cm difference. 3/10ths of an inch does not put it into a different class in anyone's definition. If the Nexus 7 were 16:9 like I originally thought it was, then the difference would be even half of that (0.4cm)!
As if your credibility wasn't already shattered by the total tablet sizes both being the same 200mm in their largest dimensions: "OMG! That 0.15-inch difference in screen height is so totally obvious when I stack them on top of one another!" *eyesroll*
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