Apple starts taking online orders for Retina iPad mini

Apple announced their second generation iPad mini with a Retina display a few weeks ago but even company CEO Tim Cook admitted a few days later they were unsure of they would be able to meet the expected demand for the 7.9 inch tablet this holiday shopping season. Today, in a somewhat unexpected move, Apple started taking orders for the new iPad mini online.

Currently the 16GB and 32GB WiFi version of the tablet will ship from Apple in one to three business days, while the 64GB and 128GB versions will take between five to 10 business days to ship out. The WiFi-4G versions are all showing they will take between five to 10 business days to ship.

As we have reported before, the new version of the iPad mini, which comes in "Space Gray" and silver colors, now has a display with a resolution of 2048x1536 along with the A7 processor that's in the new iPhone 5S and new iPad. The starting price for the iPad mini is $399 for the 16GB WiFi-only model all the way to 829 for the 128GB WiFI-4G version.

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As soon as verizon green lights the iPad mini retina release I will have one in my hands that day. Manager already guaranteed me one. I could have ordered it online but wanted to pick up up instead. Not home often and don't want to wait around for it or have to sign for it. 128GB LTE Verizon.

wingliston said,
Amazing people still fall for these Apple gimmicks.
Must be more than a "gimmick". Millions buy these devices every year. Gimmicks normally don't sell well year after year. Gimmicks normally have sales numbers that look like the Surface.

I honestly don't see why someone would get an iPad over a Surface. I have both (just got an iPad 4) and there is tons of stuff I don't like. Why can't you attach something other than a picture to an email? IE 11 smokes iOS7 Safari. The surface includes flash. The only perceived advantage is the app store but just browsing through I don't see anything I would want to install. Why does the iPad have so much hype? What am I missing? Also the fee that Apple charges for memory is highway robbery. $100 to go from 16b to 32gb with no expandable storage? Are consumers that dumb?

I'll also leave this here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wG1b0yBJHLM

redavenger said,
I honestly don't see why someone would get an iPad over a Surface. I have both (just got an iPad 4) and there is tons of stuff I don't like. Why can't you attach something other than a picture to an email? IE 11 smokes iOS7 Safari. The surface includes flash. The only perceived advantage is the app store but just browsing through I don't see anything I would want to install. Why does the iPad have so much hype? What am I missing? Also the fee that Apple charges for memory is highway robbery. $100 to go from 16b to 32gb with no expandable storage? Are consumers that dumb?

I'll also leave this here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wG1b0yBJHLM

It is not your choice for others... they choose what they like/want. You can not force them to use same products as yours... If they like iPad, that is fine.. at least they know what they are doing with it.

Don't forget that the developers do have a few devices to test their apps on.

About the storage, they have either online storage or transfer client such as FTP.. so they can transfer their stuff back and forth between their device and backup hard drive.

shozilla said,

It is not your choice for others... they choose what they like/want. You can not force them to use same products as yours... If they like iPad, that is fine.. at least they know what they are doing with it.

Don't forget that the developers do have a few devices to test their apps on.

About the storage, they have either online storage or transfer client such as FTP.. so they can transfer their stuff back and forth between their device and backup hard drive.

Agreed. I'm getting tired of the attitude that if you don't pick something that _I_ pick then you must be an idiot.

Many reasons my friend why people would choose an iPad over a Surface. App Store has nothing to do with it either, though it's a compelling reason. For me, Apple offers unparalleled customer service. I can walk into an Apple store with my iPhone, iMac, MacBook Air, or iPad, and walk out with a brand new device in about an hour if there is something wrong with my device. Apple's system of devices work seamlessly. The phrase "it just works", is quite fitting.

Shadrack said,

Agreed. I'm getting tired of the attitude that if you don't pick something that _I_ pick then you must be an idiot.

This goes back to the current culture of people thinking they are somehow important enough for their opinion to matter, and belittling the opinion of others makes feel a little more self important.

I have a touchpad I bought on firesale. I have android and webOS on it. It's a great tablet.

So why didn't I just stick with that since it was much cheaper than the iPads, and still is decently fast?

Why? Because the iPad is worlds better. Both hardware wise, and OS wise.

People spend $85+ on a carton of cigarettes, when you can get them on the reserve for $15. People buy Budweiser for $40 a case when you can buy off brand for $28. People buy BMW's for $80k+ when you can get a Hyundai for $18K.

Much of it is personal preference. Much of it is the Build/Quality. So who cares what people buy as long as it fits their needs/tastes.

I bought the Retina mini FWIW because I loved using the old mini, and the new one is super duper compared to the last gen.

The part I always find sad is how these people will criticize and judge you based on the device you use, yet consider Apple users to be the "snobbish" types. Take a look in the mirror will ya?

shozilla said,

It is not your choice for others... they choose what they like/want. You can not force them to use same products as yours... If they like iPad, that is fine.. at least they know what they are doing with it.

Don't forget that the developers do have a few devices to test their apps on.

About the storage, they have either online storage or transfer client such as FTP.. so they can transfer their stuff back and forth between their device and backup hard drive.

I think you misread what I was saying. I was looking for someone else to sell me on why an iPad was good. Nothing you said makes me think it to be a better device.

Shadrack said,

Agreed. I'm getting tired of the attitude that if you don't pick something that _I_ pick then you must be an idiot.

I wasn't saying that at all. I was more asking you to sell me why you like an iPad better. I posted what I found better about the surface. I am not saying you should use the same device I do. I am saying I don't understand the appeal of an iPad.

JHBrown said,
Many reasons my friend why people would choose an iPad over a Surface. App Store has nothing to do with it either, though it's a compelling reason. For me, Apple offers unparalleled customer service. I can walk into an Apple store with my iPhone, iMac, MacBook Air, or iPad, and walk out with a brand new device in about an hour if there is something wrong with my device. Apple's system of devices work seamlessly. The phrase "it just works", is quite fitting.

I have been in an apple store and I think it was consumer hell. You walk in and put your name on a list and wait forever until a genius can help you. Best buy is better than this! forever to say an apple store is why I should like iPad is crazy.

betasp said,

This goes back to the current culture of people thinking they are somehow important enough for their opinion to matter, and belittling the opinion of others makes feel a little more self important.

Definitely not selling me on an iPad lol. Total whiff. I bought one off eBay mind you but I still don't get why its so popular.

dead.cell said,
The part I always find sad is how these people will criticize and judge you based on the device you use, yet consider Apple users to be the "snobbish" types. Take a look in the mirror will ya?

I read this as the pot calling the kettle black... Thanks for your "contribution" to the conversation but again nothing you said makes me think the iPad is worthwhile.

Binary said,
I have a touchpad I bought on firesale. I have android and webOS on it. It's a great tablet.

So why didn't I just stick with that since it was much cheaper than the iPads, and still is decently fast?

Why? Because the iPad is worlds better. Both hardware wise, and OS wise.

People spend $85+ on a carton of cigarettes, when you can get them on the reserve for $15. People buy Budweiser for $40 a case when you can buy off brand for $28. People buy BMW's for $80k+ when you can get a Hyundai for $18K.

Much of it is personal preference. Much of it is the Build/Quality. So who cares what people buy as long as it fits their needs/tastes.

I bought the Retina mini FWIW because I loved using the old mini, and the new one is super duper compared to the last gen.

I see what you are trying to say there but sorry man, the touchpad sucks. Given the choice i would much rather an iPad than touchpad. I don't think that to be a fitting example.

redavenger said,

I think you misread what I was saying. I was looking for someone else to sell me on why an iPad was good. Nothing you said makes me think it to be a better device.

It does not matter if I misread or not.. I am talking about tablet choice.... I don't give a damn about which tablet you get... you act like you want people to use the surface but they chosen the iPad over surface... I don't care what tablet they have... The reason, each tablet has different features... and how they use it for.... personal or business...

redavenger said,
I read this as the pot calling the kettle black... Thanks for your "contribution" to the conversation but again nothing you said makes me think the iPad is worthwhile.

You can think what you want. The difference is that I don't think you're dumb for having an opinion or preference different to my own.

redavenger said,

I see what you are trying to say there but sorry man, the touchpad sucks. Given the choice i would much rather an iPad than touchpad. I don't think that to be a fitting example.

Because it doesn't run windows? I was comparing three mobile operating systems, of which I feel iOS to be superior.

And using flash as a reason for wanting to use the surface... Well Apple was pretty much the leading cause of why flash is now defunct, and HTML5, an open standard is now being adopted universally, so who cares about flash?

Flash IS one of the main causes of crashes and system slowdowns on any OS. Thank god it's going away!

It is quite high, I was having doubts whether to get the Nexus or the iPad mini but the price settled out for me, also Ubuntu touch is out so I rather have linux than iOS.

Always said it would take a retina iPad mini to get me to upgrade form my iPad 3....but it just isn't in the budget this year. Maybe next.