Apple's new iPad mini with Retina display starts at $399, first-gen iPad mini drops to $299

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  • Reply 21 of 203
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    Originally Posted by Masteric View Post



    A little surprised there is no Touch ID....

    this.

     

    but my guess is they aren't committed to this button form factor yet.  especially if you're now down to micrometers of space tolerance in the chassis.  

     

    But it pushes back the 'iPad is for business'  marketing... any serious about privacy/security Business requires all mobile devices to authenticate every 15 (or less) minutes with 'strong passwords' (8+ chars).   TouchID would make that painless.

  • Reply 22 of 203
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    Retina Mini is the one for me. And as someone who's been critical of iPhone 5c pricing, I'll say I don't mind paying the extra here - the specs fully deserve it. Retina and A7.

     

    And to top it off iWork file compatibility between iOS and Mac OS versions, now they'll have a seemless iCloud office experience. Terrific Apple Event. 


    It's funny that many complained that the original iPad Mini was too expensive at $329. Yet Apple just increased it to $399, with its middle finger firmly upheld.

  • Reply 23 of 203
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    Oh, and $70 and $80 for the cases is waaaay over the top IMO.

    Then don't get the leather case/cover....get the $39 cover.

  • Reply 24 of 203
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    So, I'm pretty happy with these announcements, except... WHY IN THE WORLD would anybody get the iPad 2 at this point? I feel apple should either retire it & sell the 3 or 4 discounted, OR drop the price.



    I know its hard to believe that anyone would want an iPad 2 but some laggers do. My mom bought one from QVC on Sunday. Some people don't care about what generation it is or the specs, they just want an iPad. On air QVC said they sold over 7,000 iPad 2s in 24hours.

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    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    boeyc15 wrote: »
    IMO - this is too expensive.
    I was hoping they wouldn't have to increase the price. But at least the internals are the same as the full size iPad. I'd rather have a retina mini with A7 at $399 than no retina mini, or retina mini with A6X.
  • Reply 26 of 203
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    Probably the increased hassle factor of that touch scanner unit's manufacturing issues (as reported)  just didn't add as much value as for a smaller device like a phone that probably is more at risk to get left behind.

     

    For straighton security there's always the not-simple passcode....


    I'm also assuming that the button geometry will change (thinner)... and that will make a difference in a device that is way too thin as it is for the battery life it needs to drive

  • Reply 27 of 203
    stevehsteveh Posts: 480member
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    Originally Posted by snowweasel View Post



    So, I'm pretty happy with these announcements, except... WHY IN THE WORLD would anybody get the iPad 2 at this point?

     

    Schools.

     

    Not to mention people/families on very tight budgets.

  • Reply 28 of 203
    drewys808 wrote: »
    Then don't get the leather case/cover....get the $39 cover.

    Oh, I won't and I don't think many will. Have an Incipio case for my mini that cost far less than even just the cover and is much better as a stand than Apple's three fold cover. I'm just surprised at their jacking the price $30 for the Air case. Seems unwarranted.
  • Reply 29 of 203
    iPad Mini Retina -- Weight (Wi%u2011Fi):
    0.73 pound (331 g)
  • Reply 30 of 203
    andysolandysol Posts: 2,506member
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    Originally Posted by boeyc15 View Post



    IMO - this is too expensive.

    A7, Retina, iWork, iLife?  $399 is a bargain compared to a $650 iPhone.

    I'm so glad they raised it to $399 instead of keeping it at $329 and giving it the A6X/Retina or A7/Non-Retina.  Easily worth the extra $70 for me.  I want the best- not anything crippled.

  • Reply 31 of 203

    $399 for the Retina mini is way too high.  This model should have started at the price of the old mini while the old mini dropped further.  It's nice that they included the A7, but I really think this model is priced too far above its competition.  The Retina mini costs 74% more than a Nexus 7.  How is that a compelling price?

  • Reply 32 of 203
    reydnreydn Posts: 73member
    At $399 Touch ID Touch ID Touch ID
  • Reply 33 of 203
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    this.

     

    but my guess is they aren't committed to this button form factor yet.  especially if you're now down to micrometers of space tolerance in the chassis.  

     


    If they can squeeze the TouchID button in iPhone5s and iPadAir, they can squeeze it into iPadMini.

  • Reply 34 of 203
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    At $399 Touch ID Touch ID Touch ID

    Next year

  • Reply 35 of 203
    andysolandysol Posts: 2,506member
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    Originally Posted by Rogifan View Post





    I was hoping they wouldn't have to increase the price. But at least the internals are the same as the full size iPad. I'd rather have a retina mini with A7 at $399 than no retina mini, or retina mini with A6X.

    DAMN YOU!  Seriously!  Delay your posts for 5 minutes for heaven's sake! <img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" />

  • Reply 36 of 203

    Buying one iPad mini from online as soon as it comes out 8-)

  • Reply 37 of 203
    jd_in_sbjd_in_sb Posts: 1,485member
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    Originally Posted by snowweasel View Post



    So, I'm pretty happy with these announcements, except... WHY IN THE WORLD would anybody get the iPad 2 at this point? I feel apple should either retire it & sell the 3 or 4 discounted, OR drop the price.



    The iPad 2 is significantly lighter than the iPad 3/4, which is important to a lot of people. And you can buy it for around $200 refurbished from Apple.

  • Reply 38 of 203
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    Originally Posted by wakefinance View Post

     

    $399 for the Retina mini is way too high.  This model should have started at the price of the old mini while the old mini dropped further.  It's nice that they included the A7, but I really think this model is priced too far above its competition.  The Retina mini costs 74% more than a Nexus 7.  How is that a compelling price?

     


     

    This should be interesting to see. But Apple provides compelling value rather than compelling price.

  • Reply 39 of 203
    andysolandysol Posts: 2,506member
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    Originally Posted by StruckPaper View Post

     

    If they can squeeze the TouchID button in iPhone5s and iPadAir, they can squeeze it into iPadMini.


    It isn't on the iPad Air

  • Reply 40 of 203
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    Originally Posted by snowweasel View Post



    So, I'm pretty happy with these announcements, except... WHY IN THE WORLD would anybody get the iPad 2 at this point? I feel apple should either retire it & sell the 3 or 4 discounted, OR drop the price.

     

    The only reason I can think of is:   A major corp(carrier?)/gov't procurement contract requiring the exact same device dimensions and connections (30-pin) be available for retail for 3-4 years and supported by the OS/security upgrades and  parts for 5-7 years.

     

    It's why I think the 3GS and 4S have survived as long as they have.   

     

    the 3 is dead.  it would only be the 4, with the new lightning 

     

     

    If it's 3 years.. my guess there will be a iPad Air 'C' release next spring (prior to the 4, the ipads were a spring product line).

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