If you’ve been holding out for a discount on the latest line of iPads, you’re in luck. 9to5Mac noticed on Thursday that refurbished Retina iPad minis are now available on Apple’s website, starting at $339 for a 16GB, Wi-Fi-only model in silver and space gray. 32GB Wi-Fi models are listed at $419 and 64GB models will run you $509. Each of these prices represents between a 15-16% discount off of the standard price for a new device. More →
Despite the fact that we have seen nothing new from Apple through the first two and a half months of 2014, the company reportedly has a huge year planned that will include the launches of a number of new products beginning late in the second quarter. The third quarter is apparently when the action will really start though, and a new report from one of the most reputable sources in the business seemingly reveals key details about Apple’s next-generation iPad Air and iPad mini tablets. More →
Alleged iPhone 6 design drawings that were leaked back in March have already inspired one designer to come up with a set of iPhone 6 renders that imagine what the new smartphone might look like. However, MacRumors has come up with its own set of renders based on the drawings, commissioning designer Ferry Passchier to render the 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch iPhone 6 models based on those design sketches and to compare them with current devices. More →
Apple executives may hate Samsung and its “poorly made objects” with every fiber of their being but that doesn’t matter: Samsung is still a first-rate component supplier and Apple still needs it to help manufacture products to the scale it wants. AppleInsider directs our attention to a new report from Korea’s ETNews that claims Apple has decided to go with Samsung as its top supplier for displays for its iPad mini tablets. More →
New research from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) shows that the iPad Air and the Retina iPad mini accounted for 57% of the total number of iPads sold in the U.S. during the holiday quarter, eclipsing other iPad models available from Apple. The iPad Air and Retina iPad mini, which launched only on November 1st, accounted for 41% and 16% of total iPad sales, respectively. The fourth-generation iPad that was available in stores until the iPad Air was launched accounted for 13% of sales, while first-generation iPad mini sales made up 25%. Only 5% of sales were iPad 2 units, a number significantly lower than the 27% registered in the December quarter back in 2012. More →
Apple finally added a Retina display to its popular iPad mini tablet this past November, but severely constrained supply may have left a substantial number of consumers Retinaless this holiday season. According to a new report from Digitimes, however, there will be more than enough to go around next quarter. The site points to data from its own research arm in stating that Apple’s iPad lineup was the best-selling tablet line in the world heading into the holidays, thanks in large part to aggressive Black Friday promotions from a number of retailers. The iPad mini with Retina display, however, wasn’t even available from some retailers. According to Digitimes, any manufacturing issues Apple’s partners were having appear to have been resolved and iPad mini with Retina display shipments are expected to reach between 5 million and 6 million in Q1 2014. The site’s sources believe demand from Asia will heat up during the Lunar New Year holiday and pent-up demand elsewhere will also likely see Apple continue to sell the new iPad mini as quickly as its partners can build it.
Santa may have an easier time finding the Retina iPad mini in stores this Christmas than initially anticipated, as Apple’s online store has dropped shipping times down to 1 to 3 business days from the earlier 3 to 5 business days estimate, MacRumors reports. The shipping estimate is the same for any Retina iPad mini chosen from the store, regardless of color, connectivity or storage options. Pricing starts at $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, while the most expensive iPad mini with Retina display is the 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular version that retails for $829. More →
“If you’ve already nailed down a use-case scenario for a tablet in your life, this one’s worth the premium.”
Listen, I don’t have the greatest history when it comes to tablet relationships. We have… a checkered past. I was pitched on this fabled third device long ago, but I can’t help but feel that we’ve all been hoodwinked. I’ve found myself maximally productivity on a flash-based laptop, and on the go, with a phone at least keeps me in the game. I’ve been struggling to figure out how a tablet fits into such a workflow for years, and after living for a while without one, I talked myself into giving the whole thing another whirl. More →
Apple’s Retina-equipped iPad mini is still in short supply at the start of the holiday shopping season. AppleInsider flags a note from Deutsche Bank analyst Chris Whitmore, who surveyed more than 100 retail outlets over the past few days to figure out both supply and demand for a range of Apple products during one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year. More →
Walmart on Friday announced that its 2013 Black Friday campaign has been a smashing success, with the store delivering “the biggest shopping day of the season,” even though not all its online customers were happy after Walmart’s website experienced some snafus. The retail store revealed that over 1 million customers took advantage of the One-Hour Guarantee promotion offered on 21 products this year, while the company said it processed more than 10 million transactions on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and its website registered nearly 400 million page views on Thanksgiving Day. In total, more than 22 million customers did their Black Friday shopping at Walmart. More →
Apple’s decision to give the iPad mini a Retina display is certainly an improvement from the original device’s display but at least one display expert thinks it’s still “lagging” behind both the Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX. DisplayMate president Raymond Soneira this week knocks Apple for supposed “poor planning” when it comes to the Retina iPad mini’s display, which he says uses outdated technology that has been easily surpassed by its competitors. More →
Despite reports of supply constraints, the Retina iPad mini appears to be ramping up faster than the original iPad mini. According to a report from Digitimes, Apple ordered nearly 4 million Retina iPad mini units in November, more than the company did last year for the first-generation iPad mini. This follows what appeared to have been major supply constraints. Apple’s supply partners were reportedly having trouble producing enough Retina displays, which at 326 pixels per inch are the most pixel-dense panels Apple has ever made, and CEO Tim Cook admitted that Apple might not be able keep up with demand for the holidays. As a result of the supply constraints, the Retina iPad mini wasn’t released until nearly two weeks after the iPad Air was first made available, and when it was launched, you could only buy it online or with personal in-store pickup. Only in the past week have Apple stores begun selling the Retina iPad mini directly.
The quiet launch of the Retina iPad mini left a lot of potential customers out in the cold. Not only has availability been extremely limited, the only way to secure the new iPad mini has been to reserve one online for in-store pickup. It looks like Apple is working on one of those issues, as AppleInsider shares a report from Cantor Fitzgerald’s Brian J. White which states that three New York Apple Stores, including the Fifth Avenue location, now have unreserved Retina iPad minis in stock for walk-in customers to purchase. More →