Apple release 2 new iPads – iPad Air iPad mini Retina

Apple News

ipad-air-gallery1-2013In July we touch pad on the controversial rumour surrounding the iPad mini with a retina display, yesterday the results of the controversy had solidified.

Yesterday, Apple released the iPad Air, and announced on their website that the iPad Mini with retina display will be released later this November.  Apple’s initial issue with releasing an iPad mini with retina display was the fear of the less profitable iPad mini with retina display eating into the sales of their iPad 9.7 inch pie.

To solve this issue, the price of the iPad mini with retina will be sold at $399 instead of $329; thus, they plan to make the iPad Mini retina a high end 7.9 inch tablet over the rest of the 7 to 8 inch tablet market.

With the increase in price, Apple will be indifferent on which ever iPad the consumers choose.

The technical specifications of the two products are virtually identical between the two products except the fact that the iPad mini has a smaller screen size. This means the iPad mini retina will have a higher pixel density than the iPad air. So users will choose one of these tablets to suit their needs. They will purchase one based on whether they want portability or visibility.

Apple annouces 2 new iPads — the iPad Air iPad mini Retina

The new iPad Air is quite an interesting re-branding of the iPad. The fact that the they reused their “Air” trademark from their MacBook line indicates that they plan to make a “Pro” iPad in the future. Of course, how would they make the “Pro” version better than the iPad Air?

Apple could possibly increase the battery life, make it faster, and place a keyboard on it. Will this lead to an iPad that works sort of like the surface 2 pro?

This would definitely move the iPad to a more laptop/notebook environment. Adding a keyboard to the iPad is questionable but is entirely plausible. Although the whole point of the iPad is to use your fingers on the screen rather than lug around a keyboard. On the other hand, Apple might plan to push their iPad this direction. This will start transitioning iOS from the mobile operating system into a hybrid of mobile and desktop. Does this sound like Microsoft Windows 8? Perhaps the implementation will be much more smoother.

iPad Air iPad mini Retina Comparison

Here’s quick comparison chart of the tablet market right now:

Tablet Dimensions Thickness Weight Screen Resolution Starting price
Samsung Galaxy tab 3 7.0 188 x 111.1 mm (7.40 x 4.37 in.) 9.9 mm (0.39 in.) 306g 1024 x 600 px (170 PPI) $199
Asus/Google Nexus 7 with Full High Definition Display 200 x 114.3 (7.87 x 4.5 in.) 8.65 mm (0.34 in.) 290g 1920 x 1200 px (~323 PPI) $229
Asus/Google Nexus 7 (2012) 198.5 x 120 mm (7.81 x 4.72 in.) 10.5 mm (0.41 in.) 340g 1280 x 800 px (216 PPI) $209
Asus MeMo Pad HD7 196.8 x 120.6 mm (7.75 x 4.75 in.) 10.8 mm (0.43 in.) 302g 1280 x 800 px (216 PPI) $149
Acer Iconia A1-810 7.9 inch 200.9 x 146 mm (8.2 x 5.7 in.) 11.1 mm (0.4 in.) 410g 1024 x 768 px (216 PPI) $209
Samsung Galaxy tab 3 8.0 209.8 x 123.8 mm (8.26 x 4.87 in.) 7.4 mm (0.29 in.) 314g 1280 x 800 px (189 PPI) $299
Apple iPad mini with retina 200 x 134.7 mm (7.87 x 5.3 in.) 7.5 mm (0.29 in.) 331 g 2048 x 1536 px (326 PPI) $499
Apple iPad Mini 200 x 134.7 mm (7.87 x 5.3 in.) 7.2 mm (0.28 in.) 308g 1024 x 768 px (163 PPI) $329
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 210.8 x 135.9 mm (8.30 x 5.35 in.) 10.5 mm (0.41 in.) 338g 1280 x 800 px (189 PPI) $429
Microsoft Surface 2 274.6 x 172.5 mm (10.81 x 6.79 in.) 8.9 mm (0.35 in.) 674g 1920 x 1080 px (207 PPI) $449
Microsoft Surface RT 275 x 172 mm (10.81 x 6.77 in.) 9.4 mm (0.37 in.) 680g 1366 x 768 px (148 PPI) $349
Asus MeMo Pad Smart 10.1 inch 263 x 181 mm (10.4 x 7.1 in.) 10 mm (0.4 in.) 580g 1280 x 800 px (149 PPI) $299
Samsung Galaxy tab 3 10.1 243.1 x 176.1 mm (8.26 x 4.87 in.) 8 mm (0.31 in.) 510g 1280 x 800 px (149 PPI) $399
Samsung/Google Nexus 10 263.9 x 177.6 mm (10.39 x 6.99 in.) 8.9 mm (0.35 in.) 603g 2560 x 1600 px (300 PPI) $409
Asus Transformer Pad infinity TF700 263 × 180.8 mm (10.3 x 7 in.) 8.5 mm (0.33 in.) 598g 1920 × 1200 px (224 PPI) $499
Asus Transformer Pad infinity N/A N/A N/A 2560 x 1600 px (299 PPI) N/A
Apple iPad Air 240 x 169.5 mm (9.4 x 6.6 in.) 7.5 mm (0.29 in.) 469g 2048 x 1536 px (264 PPI) $499
Apple iPad 4th Generation 241.3 x 185.7 mm (9.50 x 7.31 in.) 9.4 mm (0.37 in.) 652g 2048 x 1536 px (264 PPI) $499

Apple certainly cut down a few millimeters from the 4th generation iPad, and they made it 0.10 inch thinner. Not only did Apple change the dimensions, the Air weighs 183 grams less, and is the lightest 9.7 inch tablet we’ve seen.  The iPad mini retina compared to the iPad mini on the other hand, weighs 23 grams more and 3 millimeters thinner to counterpoise the new retina display. The 264 PPI resolution display is getting quite stale with the nexus 10 having a pixel density of 300 PPI, which also leads us to think that the Apple iPad “Pro” version might have a higher resolution surprise in the upcoming revision or so.

Of course, these are just numbers, and how it feels and looks in your hands is the most important. The main point we would like to point out is that the iPad mini retina has a higher Pixel per inch than the iPad Air. Would you purchase the iPad Air?

Steve is a co-founder of DeviceCritique. He is a technology expert who takes a unique perspective by blending humanity, technology, and business. He visions that there are many untapped technology products that have yet to emerge, and plans to explore those ideas with you in his articles.

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