Retina iPad mini: first shipments due Friday, tight supply until 2014

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 13, 2013

Have you ordered your iPad mini with Retina display yet? If you’re still on the fence of buying the device, make up your mind sooner than later because the popular Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is expecting tight supply this holiday season.

Kuo is very reliable and this is the first time he posted estimates of the numbers so it pays to take his remarks at face value. Corroborating his analysis, Rhoda Alexander of IHS iSupply cautions that shipments of the supply-constrained device won’t double until the first quarter of next year, meaning shortages are to be expected throughout the Christmas quarter.

Meanwhile, early adopters are now reporting receiving an Apple Store-estimated delivery date of this coming Friday, November 15. Jump past the fold for the full reveal… Read More

 

Wi-Fi models of Retina iPad mini now available for pickup at some Apple Stores

By Cody Lee on Nov 12, 2013

When the iPad mini with Retina display first went up for sale on Apple’s web store this morning, the option to pick it up in-store was not available. Customers could only choose between shipping methods, with estimates ranging from 1-10 days depending on the model.

But this has changed for some folks over the past few hours. A number of Apple Stores across the US and other launch countries are now showing that Wi-Fi models of the new mini are available for Personal Pickup, meaning you could order the tablet and pick it up today…  Read More

 

Walmart’s Black Friday sale: $100 gift card with iPad mini purchase, $75 with iPhone

By Cody Lee on Nov 12, 2013

And they’re off! With Black Friday now just a few weeks away, retailers have begun teasing their after-Thanksgiving-day sales in hopes of convincing hordes of customers to visit their stores on the busiest shopping weekend of the year.

We’ve already seen a preview of Target’s sale, which offers the 16GB Wi-Fi iPad Air for $479 with a free $100 gift card, and other discounts. And now, Walmart has published a snippet of its Black Friday specials showing a similar offer… Read More

 

Retina iPad mini’s A7 chip slightly underclocked versus iPad Air

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 12, 2013

In a surprise non-announcement, Apple’s iPad mini with Retina display has unexpectedly gone on sale this morning. For the time being, the device is available online for shipping or with in-store pick-up.

What you can’t do (yet) is just walk in and purchase one due to supply constraints and ongoing manufacturing woes as Apple is “working hard” to meet demand. Availability issues aside, what’s there to get excited about the device?

For The Loop‘s Jim Dalrymple, the answer is simple: the iPad mini with Retina display is a no-compromise play – thou shall no longer sacrifice clarity for portability as the tablet packs in the same Retina display like its bigger brother, the iPad Air.

In fact, the only difference between the two is the screen size as the new iPad mini runs the same A7 processor that debuted on the iPhone 5s and made its way into the iPad Air. And just how speedy is the Retina iPad mini vs. the iPhone 5s and iPad Air?

Here are the first benchmark scores… Read More

 

Walk-in Retina iPad mini purchases unavailable, Apple ‘working hard’ to meet demand

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 12, 2013

Those of you who just woke up needn’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with the Internet today – Apple’s iPad mini with Retina display has indeed made a surprise debut. As Cody told you, the highly anticipated tablet has unexpectedly been available as of midnight Pacific Time on November 12, arriving without too much noise on Apple’s part aside from a quiet website update and a press release.

It would appear that the combination of pent-up demand and production issues prompted Apple to limit launch availability to online orders or Personal Pickup in the case of retail stores, implying you can’t just waltz inside your nearest Apple Store and buy a Retina iPad mini… Read More

 

iPad mini with Retina display now available for order

By Cody Lee on Nov 12, 2013

If you are looking to pickup an iPad mini with Retina display, you’re going to want to head over to your Apple web store as soon as possible. The highly anticipated tablet just went on sale, starting at $399.

The move has caught both tech pundits and consumers off guard, as up until now, Apple has maintained that the new mini’s launch date would be ‘later in November.’ Well, Christmas came early this year… Read More

 

Online Apple stores go down amidst rumors of November 12 Retina iPad mini launch

By Cody Lee on Nov 11, 2013

Either Apple is trolling all of us very hard with a late-night maintenance session, or recent reports of the Retina iPad mini launching on November 12 are true. All of Apple’s online stores have been offline for over an hour now.

Earlier tonight, a post was spotted on Apple’s internal GSX (global service exchange) site for service providers and third-party vendors stating that the company is preparing to launch its second-generation iPad mini tomorrow… Read More

 

Apple to launch iPad mini with Retina display on November 12?

By Cody Lee on Nov 11, 2013

When Apple took the wraps off its new iPad mini with Retina display last month, it wouldn’t provide a concrete launch date beyond ‘later in November.’ Some have speculated that it would hit store shelves just before Black Friday weekend.

But according to a posting on Apple’s GSX (global service exchange) site for service providers, we may see the tablet as early as tomorrow. In the post, Apple says that it plans to launch the tablet in the US and other countries on November 12… Read More

 

Screen burn-ins apparently causing delayed Retina iPad mini launch

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 8, 2013

Apple’s web page advertises the new iPad mini with Retina display as coming in late November. In Apple’s parlance, that’s probably November 29, a Friday. Apple’s penchant for making new products available shortly following the announcement was not on display at the October 22 media event as the company said the new iPad mini would not launch alongside the iPad Air.

We already heard that Apple was looking to both LG Display and Samsung as the primary iPad mini screen supplier Sharp has been experiencing issues producing high-resolution 7.9-inch IGZO panels, causing limited supplies at launch. A new report alleges Sharp’s LCD panels are actually suffering from burn-in problems, prompting Apple once again to seek help from arch-rival Samsung… Read More

 

T-Mobile clears up the confusion around no-interest iPad financing and free 200MB data

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 4, 2013

T-Mobile has caused quite a stir announcing carrying the new iPads with no downpayment, especially the promise of 200MB of free LTE data for life for those who opt for cellular models, as long as they remain customers.

Our own Jeff Benjamin praised T-Mobile’s un-carrier move, noting no other U.S. wireless company has offered free data to iPad users.

The controversy was born after some customers complained that T-Mobile reps told them they couldn’t claim 200MB worth of free monthly data unless they were paying phone customers. Otherwise, it’s a $10 a month On Demand plan charge and T-Mobile CEO John Legere calling it an “executional mistake” didn’t help.

So, what exactly is going on here? Is the 200MB free tier a bait and switch or a legitimate offer, with some strings attached? We lay it all out for you right after the break… Read More

 

Some thoughts on iPad Air

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 4, 2013

The iPad Air is without a doubt one of Apple’s most marvelous engineering feats to date. It features a huge screen with a slimmer bezel than previous full sized iPads. It provides an immersive experience that just can’t be achieved on the minuscule iPad mini.

It’s also much lighter than its predecessors, which is obviously something desirable to anyone who’s held a full sized iPad in their hands for any nominal length of time. It’s not just lighter and slimmer and thinner — it feels like a completely different product.

But before I take it too far, let me just say outright that regular iPad mini users won’t be as impressed by the weight loss. It’s still significantly larger, heavier, and harder to handle than the iPad mini, which may lead to disappointment for the looking into getting back into full sized iPads.

I too, suffered from such disappointment, but it was short lived after I took the time to appreciate that the iPad Air isn’t the mini, and never pretended it was. It’s a full sized tablet in a marvelously well put together package, and it’s definitely something you should consider picking up if you want the “true” iPad experience.

As primal as it may seem, there’s just something to be said about using a device whose screen is large and in charge. The iPad Air is sort of like holding a television in your hands, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, given its slimness and light weight.

If you’ve yet to take the plunge, then what should you do? Should you go into the Apple Store and compare both side by side? Should you give Apple’s 14 day return policy a go, and spend some quality time with the Air? Check inside for my opinions on the matter. Read More

 

Target product listing pegs Retina iPad mini launch for November 21

By Cody Lee on Oct 31, 2013

While Apple continues to keep mum on a specific release date for its iPad mini with Retina display—as of now, it’s sticking with ‘November’—retail giant Target is expecting the tablet to launch the third week in November.

More specifically, November 21. The company let the date slip in its online product listing for the Retina iPad mini at Target.com, where it lists the release date for the device as the Thursday in the week before Thanksgiving… Read More

 

Southwest Airline and Dish launch iPad 2 loan program ahead of holiday travels

By Ed Sutherland on Oct 29, 2013

Just in time for the maddening holiday travel rush, one U.S. airline has announced plans to provide flyers with a loaner iPad and satellite programming. The ‘DISH Anywhere’ offer by Southwest Airlines and the satellite television network is available to passenger flying between Denver, Oakland and Chicago.

The iPad 2 loaner program follows Southwest’s earlier Watch on the Fly service, bringing free DISH programming to airline customers owning an iDevice… Read More

 

Apple may be unable to cope with Retina iPad mini demand, says Cook

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 28, 2013

In addition to the iPad’s outstanding (yet perfectly plausible) 94 percent share in education (bonus: other amazing stats), Apple’s boss Tim Cook cautioned Wall Street analysts and investors on an earnings call that not everyone may get their hands on an iPad mini with Retina display when it starts shipping in late-November.

It gets worse: he wasn’t confident in Apple’s ability to make enough Retina iPad minis to satisfy Christmas quarter demand either… Read More

 

Booqpad combines an iPad mini case and notepad into one

By Jim Gresham on Oct 25, 2013

I like being professional. Sure, being a blogger doesn’t mean my job screams business suit, white dress shirt, and dark blue tie. After all, I’m not rolling down the hallways of an IBM clone factory like my father did before me. But, I love him anyway. Being professional does not require the suit, but it can easily be defined by accessories. No, not a pocket square. I mean your gadget accessories.

For my iPhone 5s, when I am trying to look the part, I opt for the Kouros leather sleeve, because it is simple, streamlined, black, and refined. When it comes to my iPad mini, I also prefer those same characteristics. But, often, the mini is more of my work horse, which should get even better with an A7 processor. I may grab my phone in a meeting to check the calendar or a quick notification about the Virginia Tech Hokies, but iPad is the true go-to for more complex tasks. Keeping things at my fingers, the Booqpad mini by Booq even has a spot for handwritten notes… Read More

 

Some Apple Stores now carrying non-Retina iPad mini in Space Gray

By Cody Lee on Oct 24, 2013

Alongside the new iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, Apple announced a small update for the first-gen iPad mini on Tuesday. The (non-Retina) tablet has been given a small price reduction, and a new ‘Space Gray’ colorway.

And according to a new report, some retail stores have quietly begun stocking these new minis on their shelves—meaning they’re now available for purchase. So if you’re interested, it might be worth checking your local Apple Store… Read More

 

Old iPads are hot: 81 percent of North American tablet traffic

By Ed Sutherland on Oct 24, 2013

On Tuesday, just a few hours ahead of Apple’s iPad keynote, new evidence surfaced about how entrenched Apple’s device is in the minds of tablet users. Although Apple’s tablet has undergone a number of updates, the old iPad 2 remarkably still accounts for the vast majority of U.S. and Canadian web traffic.

That’s the word from ad network Chitika, showing iPads are 81 percent of North American tablet-based online traffic. The next closest competitor is the Kindle Fire from Amazon, nipping at Apple’s heels with 6.1 percent. This is the second report in as many days showing even the oldest iPads dominate all contenders… Read More

 

T-Mobile to sell 16GB iPads with no downpayment

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 24, 2013

Piggy-backing on Tuesday’s unveiling of the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, the agile T-Mobile USA immediately tweeted out they’ll be carrying cellular models with a free 200MB plan. Today, the Deutsche Telekom-owned carrier, the nation’s fourth-largest, has shed more light on its iPad strategy.

Your key takeaway: there will be no downpayment for those in the market for a cellular iPad Air or Retina iPad mini variant. However, the no-downpayment bait applies only to the entry-level models with sixteen gigabytes of storage. The full breakdown of T-Mobile’s UnCarrier offering is right below… Read More

 

Apple’s inaugural iPad Air ad – ‘Pencil’ – hits YouTube

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 23, 2013

You’ve read all there is to know about Apple’s iPad Air, watched Jony Ive talk enthusiastically about the crazy attention to detail that had gone into designing the product – perhaps streamed or even downloaded the entire keynote to your computer – and now you can appreciate Apple’s inaugural, feel-good, mission-statement iPad Air ad.

This is the same 60-second commercial that was played to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts audience yesterday, and now it’s just gone live over at Apple’s YouTube channel. It’s included for your viewing pleasure right after the fold and I urge you to give it a watch and join the discussion down in the comments… Read More

 

Apple drops refurbished iPad mini entry price to $249, iPad 4 to $379

By Cody Lee on Oct 23, 2013

After introducing of the new iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display yesterday, Apple lowered the prices of its refurbished iPads across the board. The entry-level (first-gen) iPad mini, for example is now just $249.

That’s down $30 from where it was before the new iPad announcements, and $50 less than a new one, which Apple dropped down to $299 yesterday. And don’t worry, Apple has discounted its full-sized tablets as well… Read More