Posts with tag 2013 ipad mini

Pales to the competition

Some iPad mini with Retina Display owners seeing subpar color accuracy

While the iPad mini has one of the highest resolution displays on a small form factor tablet, punching in at 326 PPI (pixels per inch – compared to only 163 PPI on the previous generation iPad mini), but that doesn’t mean everything is peachy for Apple’s latest and greatest iPad mini. Indeed, some iPad mini owners, including popular tech blog Anandtech – are seeing issues with accurate color reproduction on their new tablets. The issue seems to stem from the iPad mini display’s relatively poor color gamut specs. Competitive tablets, such as the Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX, appear to be able to produce a much higher range of colors than the iPad mini with Retina Display despite any differences in pixel density.



According to various reports, even other Apple products appear to have much more accurate color reproduction. The next best comparison, the iPad Air – which was launched just a couple of weeks earlier than the iPad mini with Retina Display – is seemingly capable of displaying colors more accurately then the iPad mini, as is the iPhone 5s and the iPod touch 5G. However, the iPad mini with Retina Display does appear to be not insignificantly improved over the previous generation iPad mini, which also had poor color reproduction.

While this may not be necessarily a deal breaker – the iPad mini’s display has been heralded as one of the best displays ever in an Apple product despite the issues – it is a very valid concern and a point worth mentioning regarding a tablet that costs a pricey $399 and up.

Source: Anandtech

Your iPad is on its way

Apple iPad mini with Retina Display ships to launch day customers, first batch of deliveries expected Nov. 15


If you ordered your brand new iPad mini with Retina Display on the morning of launch yesterday, you might want to check your Apple Order Status page. Reports are now coming out of the woodworks confirming that Apple has indeed shipped their first batch of new iPad mini units, with the earliest deliveries set for November 15th – just two days from now, Friday.

Of course, not all ordes will be delivered on Friday – I ordered an iPad mini with Retina Display 32GB Space Gray the minute the Apple Store came back online yesterday morning, and while my iPad has shipped it’s not set to be delivered until next Monday, the 18th. Is it me, or is next weekend going to be a loong weekend?

Bad news for us desparate for one

Apple CEO Tim Cook confirms that iPad mini with Retina Display will see constrained availability


I admit it – I’m desperate for one of those new iPad mini with Retina Displays. I can’t help it. Right before the big iPad announcement last tuesday, I actually sold my original, first generation iPad mini – I loved it, but between the lower resolution display, A5 processor, puny 512MB of RAM, and the constraints of all of that running iOS 7, the prospect of a beefier, Retina iPad mini was too much not to jump for. But now here comes Apple CEO Tim Cook throwing a bit of cold water on my desperation, tempering my expectations that I’ll be able to nab one on launch day whenever it becomes available in November.

In today’s conference call, Tim Cook claimed that “it’s not clear if we’ll have enough” iPad mini with Retina Displays to go around next month. You know what that’s marketing code for? “It’s absolutely clear that we certainly will not have enough” iPad mini with Retina displays for everyone next month. And while that’s a bit of a bummer, it’s perhaps not a huge surprise – popular rumor sites had been suggesting that supplies would be tight for quite some time now.

Sigh. You know what they say – patience, it is a virtue.

Source: MacRumors

Priced at $399

Apple finally announces the second generation iPad mini with Retina Display

ipadmini-2-retinaAt long last, Apple has announced the second generation iPad mini. Featuring the same design that made the iPad mini so popular last year, the iPad mini with Retina Display features the same size 8″ display with a massively improved 2048 x 1536 resolution display. On top of the obvious display improvements, the new iPad mini comes with a vastly more powerful A7 SoC – the original iPad mini only came with an A5 SoC, which was first released in 2011.

The iPad mini with Retina Display starts at an increased $399 with 16GB of storage, while the last generation iPad mini with the A5 SoC is sticking around at a decreased price of $299 – which should be compelling for everyone who was on the edge on purchasing the iPad mini prior to now.

The iPad mini with Retina Display will begin shipping “later in November”, with no specific date or pre-order dates announced as of yet.

Source: Apple

Under an hour to go

Reminder: Apple iPad Special Event taking place at 1PM Eastern

1395168_617923418244005_1426610576_nAs if you needed reminding, but here goes nothing – Apple will be beginning their October 22nd iPad Special Event in less than one hour now at 1PM Eastern, 10AM Pacific. If you’re getting an innate sense of dejavou, you’re not alone – Apple just held one of these a little over a month ago to announce the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.

But if all the rumors were right – and we suspect that they were – we’ll be looking at a very iPad-centric keynote today. All signs are indicating that it’s a-go for a dramatically redesigned fifth-generation iPad, which should take design cues from last year’s iPad mini with a thin, dramatically reduced in size body. We also suspect we’ll see the announcement of Apple’s new A7X processor, which will be powering the iPad 5.

The most recent rumors all indicate that Apple will also be announcing the much anticipated second generation iPad mini with, yes, a Retina Display. It’ll have the same 2048 x 1536 resolution as the iPad 3, 4, and likely the 5, however the body and design is likely to remain relatively unchanged this year. What is up for contention is what SoC this iPad will use – there have been rumors that both the iPad mini and the iPad 5 will be gaining Touch ID, which would mean that the iPad mini would have to come equipped with a current generation A7 or A7X processor due to the SoC’s “secure enclave” – however, that would mean that the new iPad mini is skipping an entire generation, as the current iPad mini comes equipped with only an A5 processor.

Apple is likely to also talk a little bit about their notebook lineup, with the MacBook Pro line in particular looking very ready for an upgrade. We don’t expect to see anything dramatic here – a price decrease for the Retina MacBook Pros might be in order, and all models are likely to see a fairly significant upgrade to an Intel Core i7 Haswell architecture. Apple will likely also take this chance to officially announce that their new Mac Pro professional desktops are now on sale.

We’ll be here covering the event live, so be sure to check back throughout as the excitement unfolds!

iPad 5, Retina iPad mini

Apple announces October 22nd Special Event, iPads expected


As expected, Apple today formally issued invitations to the press for the company’s next keynote and special event, scheduled to take place on October 22nd. For those who have been keeping up with the latest leaks and media there should be little to no surprise as to what the company is actually planning on announcing – remember those shiny new iPads we told you about not too long ago? Well, I don’t want to be too forward, but I’d expect a certain fifth-generation iPad with a slim, iPad mini-styled body, Touch ID, A7 processor, and an iPad mini with a little something called a “Retina Display” to make an appearance.

As to whether we can expect a little more from the event, like, say, brand new Apple TV hardware, well I wouldn’t necessarily hold your breath – but hey, this is a whole new Apple. Anything could happen. We’ll be sure to bring you the latest from Apple leading up to and during Apple’s next big event.

Oh god, it's the gold iPhone all over again

Unannounced iPad mini with Retina Display to experience severe shortages?

iPadminiApple hasn’t even announced the product yet, and it’s already facing shortages – according to Reuters, which has been an accurate source of Apple information in the past, Apple is currently struggling with the production of their as of yet unannounced iPad mini with Retina Display and currently expects there will be “significant shortages” for the device.

We aren’t even totally sure that there will be an iPad mini with Retina Display this year, though the most recent rumors seem to give strength to that belief. Reuters even claims that the shortages will be bad enough to “impede” Apple’s ability to make a butt load of money off these new tablets this holiday season like the original iPad mini did for them last year. Rumors peg the release of the next-generation iPad mini alongside the full sized iPad 5 at a special event next month, and given Apple’s tough competition with the awesome new Nexus 7 and Amazon’s killer looking Kindle Fire HDX, I’d say the sooner, the better if Apple wants to stay ahead of the tablet game.

Source: Reuters

A busy autumn for Apple

Apple to release Retina iPad mini and iPad 5 in October


As we all eagerly await the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C next month, there is one small other product category that’s just as ripe as the iPhone for updates – the iPad lineup. Both the original 9″ iPad and the iPad mini are due for pretty significant upgrades this year, and now two trustworthy sources are “confirming” that Apple will be updating their iPad lineup this October.

A recent Bloomberg article is claiming that Apple will be releasing the new iPad lineup some time within the last three months of the year, likely between October and December. Bloomberg is also confirming that the iPad mini will indeed be picking up that Retina display, which we’ve all been suspecting since the Wall Street Journal confirmed the news just a couple of weeks ago.

What’s more, John Gruber of Daring Fireball – who has been known to have extremely reliable sources within Apple – has also just claimed in a recent post analyzing the iPhone 5C that Apple will be updating the iPad lineup this October.

All in all, it’s looking more and more like a busy autumn for Apple this year. After remaining relatively quiet leading up until WWDC this year, Apple is now poised to explode into the marketplace, likely in an effort to maximize profits going into the holiday season.

Source: Bloomberg / Daring Fireball

Take that, awesome new Nexus 7

Wall Street Journal claims Retina iPad mini “likely” on its way this year

iPadminiI love my iPad mini, but never once have I been under the misconception that it has a good screen. It doesn’t. A good screen is like the one found on the new 2013 Nexus 7 – bright, with vivid colors, and amazing viewing angles, and nary a pixel visible to the eye. Earlier reports indicated that Apple was to do nothing to improve the iPad mini’s subpar display this year, however the Wall Street Journal is now fighting back and claiming that the iPad mini will indeed be picking up a Retina Display this year… probably. Or not.

According to Wall Street Journal, Apple is planning on giving the iPad mini a beautiful 2048 x 1536 (high DPI – higher then the Nexus 7’s, actually) display with the same amazing quality that other Apple products, including the iPad with Retina Display, MacBook Pro with Retina Display, and iPhone have been known to have for years now. WSJ is claiming that Apple will be sourcing these displays from LG, Sharp, and Samsung in order to meet demand, which should be huge given the popularity of the existing iPad mini at this point.

I get the sense that this sort of report will turn out being accurate, if not simply because this may very well be somewhat of a controlled leak originating from Apple itself. Apple might have been afraid of losing a segment of its potential consumer base to the Nexus 7 and other competing tablets with high DPI displays and could have leaked this sort of information to “set the record straight”, so to speak.

Source: The Wall Street Journal