It's amazing how much a product can change in a generation or two. What's even more amazing is that despite differences in feeling between the iPad Air and previous generations, very little separates the the latest iOS tablet from its predecessors. For many people, that may be a good thing.
Here's a surprise for anyone interested in an Apple iPad mini with Retina display. It was originally believed that the tablet would not launch until the end of November, but Apple has starting selling the iPad mini online. If you're in the market for a new tablet, you might want to grab one now because of one obvious reason: scarcity.
The Apple iPad Mini quickly grabbed attention as Apple's answer to the rise of smaller Android tablets, but the popular iOS tablet trailed its rivals when it came to display resolution. Apple today rectified that shortcoming with a new iPad Mini successor with retina display.
The Apple iPad Air will debut shortly with quite a few enhancements, many of which have appeared in recent leaks for the device. Here's what to expect from Apple's latest iOS 7 tablet.
"Everybody seems to be making a tablet," Apple CEO Tim Cook said at today's iPad announcement, "Even some of the [initial] doubters." Despite the onslaught of tablet competition from Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and other tablet manufacturers, Apple remains the most used and best selling device line, Cook claims. He also noted that the iPad has more than 475,000 apps in the App Store built specifically for the iPad. With a new line of products being announced in a few minutes, expect the numbers of tablets sold to climb soon.
Apple rarely broadcasts its product announcements, but the folks in Cupertino have decided to make today's iPad event one of the rare occasions at which the cameras turn on. In traditional fashion, only Apple devices will be able to access the stream. Video will go live at 10 AM PDT / 1 PM ET on Apple TV, an iOS 4.2 or later device, or a Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later computer. Users can visit Apple's websites from a Safari browser shortly before the event kicks off.
As recent rumors have suggested, Apple will host an event in San Francisco next week to unveil new products. One month after unwrapping its latest iPhone, Apple has confirmed that "We still have a lot to cover" and it has sent media invites to discuss what's new.
Apple has begun selling its iPad mini with Wi-Fi + Cellular at three of the nation's largest carriers. Having already sold millions of the Wi-Fi only model, today's sale introduces the iPad mini to customers who want to purchase the tablet with a data plan.
Apple sold an average of 1 million units of its iPad Mini and fourth-generation iPad tablets during its launch weekend. The American manufacturer today announced that it sold a total of three million iPad minis and fourth-gen iPads since Friday. Apple notes that recent sales double the amount of third-gen iPads sold during its opening weekend; however, the two launch events cannot truly be compared because Apple failed to break down individual sales totals of the iPad mini and the iPad fourth generation. CEO Tim Cook notes that Apple "practically sold out of iPad minis" during the launch of the Wi-Fi only models. iPads with mobile data capabilities will launch later this month.
Apple introduced a smaller iPad that costs less money than the standard version that has a 9.7-inch screen, but it costs significantly more than comparable devices. Can Apple justify those costs with a better product?