Today, Apple announced the new iPads, iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display. For the iPad Air, it will be available from 1st November in some countries. Fortunately, Singapore is in this group of countries to get it. As for iPad mini with Retina display, it will be available later in November. Pricing and availability for both tablets in the Press Release.
Here is the picture of the iPad mini with Retina display
As you can see, the iPad mini with Retina display does not have an actual release date. It only states “coming later in November”. It is not so bad. Here is the pricing of iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display
So, I guess the price differences is not so much between the iPad Air (9.7-inch screen) and the iPad mini with Retina display (7.9-inch screen). The reason, I believe, is because they have similar technical specs (except for screen size and weight). Check this out.
I am still wondering why Apple is still selling iPad 2. The only logical reason is the pricing. Instead of coming up with a low end tablet, Apple kept the iPad 2 to become a low end tablet and selling at a lower price (16GB at S$698 – WiFi +3G).
Here is the Press Release
Apple Announces iPad Air—Dramatically Thinner, Lighter & More Powerful iPad
iPad mini Features Stunning Retina Display & 64-bit Apple-designed A7 Chip
SAN FRANCISCO – 23 October, 2013 – Apple® today announced iPad Air™, the latest generation of its category defining device, featuring a stunning 9.7-inch Retina® display in a new thinner and lighter design. Precision-engineered to weigh less than half a kilogram, iPad Air is 20 percent thinner and 28 percent lighter than the fourth generation iPad®, and with a narrower bezel the borders of iPad Air are dramatically thinner—making content even more immersive. Apple today also announced iPad mini with Retina display, bringing all the pixels from the 9.7-inch iPad to its 7.9-inch screen, delivering razor sharp text and detail in the same amazingly thin and light design. The new iPads feature the powerful and power-efficient Apple-designed A7 chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture, ultrafast wireless with faster built-in Wi-Fi and expanded 4G LTE cellular connectivity, and the newly-designed iOS 7 featuring hundreds of great new features.
“iPad created an entirely new mobile computing experience, and the new iPad Air is another big leap ahead. It is so thin, light and powerful, once you hold one in your hand you will understand what a tremendous advancement this is,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPad Air with its 9.7-inch Retina display weighs less than half a kilogram and packs the incredible performance of iOS 7 running on a 64-bit desktop-class Apple A7 chip, and delivers all-day battery life in the lightest full-sized tablet in the world.”
Precision-engineered to weigh less than half a kilogram, iPad Air is 20 percent thinner and 28 percent lighter than the fourth generation iPad, and with a 43 percent narrower bezel the borders of iPad Air are dramatically thinner. iPad Air’s Retina display makes web pages, text, images and video look incredibly sharp and realistic, and the new power-efficient A7 chip allows the battery to be even smaller, helping reduce the overall volume by 24 percent from the previous generation while doubling its performance and maintaining its up to 10-hour battery life.¹
The new iPad mini with Retina display packs all the 3.1 million pixels (2048-by-1536 resolution) of iPad Air into its 7.9-inch Multi-Touch™ display, for a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch. The 7.9-inch Retina display of iPad mini is 35 percent larger than screens on 7-inch tablets, and is the only small tablet to deliver the full iPad experience, now with razor sharp Retina quality. Images are crisp, text is crystal clear, movies play at full 1080p HD-resolution and the 475,000 apps designed specifically for iPad work automatically.
The A7 chip in iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display offers 64-bit desktop-class architecture, advanced graphics and improved image signal processing from previous generations. With up to twice the CPU and graphics performance on iPad Air, and up to four times the CPU and eight times the graphics performance on iPad mini with Retina display, almost everything you do is faster and better than ever, from launching apps and editing photos to playing graphic-intensive games—all while delivering all-day battery life. The A7 chip’s 64-bit architecture and support for OpenGL ES version 3.0 unlocks game console-like visual effects. The new iPads also feature the M7 motion coprocessor that gathers data from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass to offload work from the A7 for improved power efficiency.
Both new iPads feature two antennas to support Multiple-In-Multiple-Out (MIMO) technology, bringing twice the Wi-Fi performance to iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display at a blazingly fast data rate up to 300 Mbps.² Cellular models also come with expanded 4G LTE coverage to accommodate even more 4G LTE networks worldwide, while continuing to deliver comprehensive support for other fast cellular technology around the world (DC-HSDPA, HSPA+), all in a single model.³
iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display now have a next generation FaceTime® HD camera with improved backside illumination sensors featuring larger pixels for better low-light performance. The iSight® camera with 5MP sensor and advanced optics, combined with iOS 7 and the image signal processing of A7, further improves still image and video capture on iPad bringing faster auto-focus, up to three times video zoom, five times still zoom, better dynamic range and automatic image and video stabilisation.
The new iPads come with iOS 7, featuring a stunning new user interface, completely redesigned with an elegant colour palette, distinct, functional layers and subtle motion that make it feel more alive. iOS 7 has hundreds of great new features, including Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking, AirDrop®, enhanced Photos and Safari®.
iPad customers have access to the revolutionary App Store℠, which now offers more than one million apps to iPhone®, iPad and iPod touch® users in 155 countries around the world, and more than 475,000 apps are designed specifically for iPad. More than 60 billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store, which offers customers an incredible range of apps in 24 categories, including newspapers and magazines in Newsstand, games and entertainment, kids, education, business, news, sports, health and fitness and travel.
The iLife® suite of creative apps, including iPhoto®, iMovie® and GarageBand®, and the iWork® suite of productivity apps, including Pages®, Numbers® and Keynote® are essential to the Apple experience and are now free with every new iOS device running iOS 7, and are also available as free updates for existing users, so more iPad users now have access to these great apps. All apps have been redesigned to match the look and feel of iOS 7, have been optimised to support 64-bit technology and include hundreds of new features.
Pricing & Availability
iPad Air with Wi-Fi models will be available in silver or space grey starting on Friday, 1 November, for a suggested retail price of SGD$688 inc. GST for the 16GB model, SGD$828 inc. GST for the 32GB model, SGD$968 inc. GST for the 64GB model and SGD$1,108 inc. GST for the 128GB model. iPad Air with Wi-Fi + Cellular will be available starting on Friday, 1 November for a suggested retail price of SGD$870 inc. GST for the 16GB model, SGD$1,008 inc. GST for the 32GB model, SGD$1,148 inc. GST for the 64GB model and SGD$1,288 inc. GST for the 128GB model. iPad 2 is available for a suggested retail price SGD$528 inc. GST for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and SGD$698 inc. GST for the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model.
iPad mini with Retina display will be available later in November in silver or space grey. iPad mini with Retina display Wi-Fi models will be available for a suggested retail price of SGD$548 inc. GST for the 16GB model, SGD$688 inc. GST for the 32GB model, SGD$828 inc. GST for the 64GB model and SGD$968 inc. GST for the 128GB model. iPad mini with Retina display Wi-Fi + Cellular models will be available for a suggested retail price of SGD$728 inc. GST for the 16GB model, SGD$870 inc. GST for the 32GB model, SGD$1,008 inc. GST for the 64GB model and SGD$1,148 inc. GST for the 128GB model. Additionally, the original iPad mini is now offered at a more affordable suggested retail price of SGD$408 inc. GST for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and SGD$588 inc. GST for the 16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model.
New custom-designed polyurethane Smart Covers for iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display will be available for SGD$58 inc. GST in a range of vibrant colours, including blue, green, pink, yellow, black and (RED). iPad Air Smart Cases and iPad mini Smart Cases are completely redesigned in a beautiful aniline-dyed leather available in six rich colours, including yellow, beige, blue, brown, black and (RED) for a suggested retail price of SGD$118 inc. GST for iPad Air and SGD$98 inc. GST for iPad mini. Smart Covers and Smart Cases are available through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com/sg) and select Authorised Apple Resellers.
iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display will be sold through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com/sg)and select Apple Authorised Resellers. Starting on 1 November, iPad Air will be available in the US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China (Wi-Fi models only), Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (Wi-Fi models only), Macedonia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.
¹Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.
²Based on theoretical speeds, actual speeds may vary.
³4G LTE is available through select carriers. Network speeds are dependent on carrier networks. Check with your carrier for details.
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