iPad mini with Retina display Stories November 13, 2014

Staples Black Friday: Use Apple Pay & save 20% on iPad Air & Retina mini, Apple TV $79, much more

From 9to5Toys.com:

iPads. Apple TV. iTunes gift cards. Staples has some blockbuster Apple deals in its recently leaked ad. And unlike Black Friday deals from Best Buy, Walmart, Target, and others, they accept Apple Pay! Doors will open on Thanksgiving Day at 6pm until 10pm, and on Black Friday starting at 6am. You’ll be able to make all your Staples Black Friday purchases with your Apple Pay-enabled iPhone, as well. Below we have the best Apple related deals that will be available from Staples:

See our latest Black Friday coverage here.

iPad mini with Retina display Stories October 13, 2014

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Following component leaks over the weekend purporting to show an A8X chip and Touch ID button destined for new iPads, additional photos re-published by blog apple.club.tw point to a closer look at the modified system-on-a-chip as well as what appears to be 2GB of RAM for application memory. The purported increase in RAM on the updated tablet would double that of the current generation iPad Air (and iPhone 6 for that matter) and make more more powerful multitasking on the device. expand full story

iPad mini with Retina display Stories August 28, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air $369, iTunes GC 33% off, AirPlay adapter $20, Parallels 10 $60, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

iTunes gift cards:

Save an extra 10% on HDTVs at eBay: Sony 50″ Premium 3D smart HDTV $710 (Orig. $1,399)

Add AirPlay to any set of speakers or receiver w/ AirMobi Music Receiver for $20 Prime shipped

Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac $60 shipped (Reg. $80)

Apple iPad mini w/ Retina display 16GB WiFi: $320 shipped (Reg. $399)

Small States: Inside the world of Grado headphones, giveaway worth $495 dollars Other new deals:

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Home/fashion/magazines/games/media:

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iPad mini with Retina display Stories August 12, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: Seagate 1TB wireless iOS storage $130, Olloclip for iPhone 5/5s $45, Retina iPad mini 32GB $400, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens System & Quick-Flip Case for iPhone 5/5s $45 shipped (orig. $100)

HDTVs: LG 50″ 1080p: $450 (Orig. $800), Seiki 65″ 4K: $999 (Reg. $2000), more

Automatic: Your Smart Driving Assistant for iOS $80 shipped (Reg. $100)

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iPad mini with Retina display Stories July 17, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: Jabra REVO BT headphones $95, iPad mini Retina 32GB $420, Samsung 48″ smart HDTV $600, more

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Jabra REVO wireless Bluetooth headphones now $95 shipped (orig. $249)

Apple Deals: 

Smart 48″ 1080p HDTVs: Samsung 120Hz: $600 shipped, Sony w/ 5 Free HD movies: $618 shipped

Mac graphics editing app Pixelmator drops to $16, down from $30

Other new deals:

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iPad mini with Retina display Stories June 17, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: Logitech Ultrathin iPad keyboard (refurb) $20, WD 2TB portable HDD combo, Blu-ray/iTunes movies, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

Bose Soundlink Mini portable Bluetooth speaker (refurb): $135 shipped (Reg. $200 new)

Apps/games:

Apple iPad Air 16GB WiFi $400 (Reg. $499), iPad mini w/ Retina display 32GB WiFi $430 (Reg. $499)

Best Buy slashes $100 off new MacBook Air, deals as low as $650 with .EDU email

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iPad mini with Retina display Stories May 28, 2014

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If you’re eligible for education pricing, iGeneration noticed that the discounts available on Macs through the Apple Store for Education have now been extended to iPads. The discounts are modest, ranging from $20 to $30, but it all helps.

Education pricing is available to pretty much everyone working or studying in higher education: students, faculty, staff – even parents of students – as well as employees of K-12 schools.

Discounted iPad prices for the base spec 16GB wifi models are:

  • iPad mini: $279 ($20 off)
  • iPad mini with Retina display: $379 ($20 off)
  • iPad Retina display (4th Gen): $379 ($20 off)
  • iPad Air: $469 ($30 off)

The discounts appear to be rolling out internationally, already available in some countries but not yet all.

If your college belongs to the Apple on Campus program, the same modest discounts on iPads appear to be available, in contrast to the significantly better discounts offered on Macs.

As always, we recommend tuning into 9to5Toys to find the absolute best prices on iPads and all other Apple gear. For example, we recently featured a 16GB iPad Air for $400 ($100 off), 16GB Retina iPad mini with LTE for $355 ($174 off), and a 64GB iPad mini (1st gen) for $349 (orig. $599).

 

iPad mini with Retina display Stories April 25, 2014

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Tim Cook may well be right that iPad sales didn’t really fall 16 percent year-on-year, and that the number was artificially deflated by reduced retail inventories. It’s also true that it’s been the fastest-growing product line in Apple’s history, and his argument that its success in education will drive future demand also has merit.

But this chart from Business Insider tells a story that can’t be denied: the overall trend is for flat iPad sales.

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iPad mini with Retina display Stories April 22, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: FitBit Aria smart scale $100, Godfather Trilogy iTunes download $10, IM+ Pro 7 for iOS $0.99, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

iPads:

Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 Desktop external drive: $90 shipped (Reg. $125)

Games/Apps: Titanfall (all platforms) $37 shipped, Watch Dogs preorder w/ $25 GC, 50% off InstaFisheye, iOS freebies, more

Netflix price increase is coming, but it’s not too late for new members to lock in the current rate

$100 iTunes gift card for $85: Save 15% on future apps, music, movies, more

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iPad mini with Retina display Stories April 14, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: SanDisk wireless iOS flash drives up to 20% off, iPad discounts, MFi game controller, more

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This weekend’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

 

SanDisk Connect Wireless iOS/Android Flash Drive: 64GB $80 (Reg. $100)/32GB $50 (Reg. $60)

Target Apple Deals: Free $50 gift card and 5% discount on iPad Air/Retina mini, iTunes cards 10% offmore

MOGA Ace Power MFi Lightning iPhone game controller w/ built-in battery $67 shipped (Reg. $100)

Heartbleed Sale: 1Password for Mac/iOS/PC/Android is 50% off

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iPad mini with Retina display Stories March 18, 2014

Despite courtroom battles, Apple picks Samsung to make iPad mini displays, claims report

While there seems no end in sight to the courtroom patent battles between Apple and Samsung, that doesn’t seem to be interfering with the business relationship between the two. Korean site ETnews (via G4Games) reports that Apple is bringing Samsung into its manufacturing mix for display panels for the iPad mini.

Apple currently uses a mix of three manufacturers for its iPad mini displays: AUO for the non-Retina model, and LG and Sharp for the Retina displays. The report claims that Apple is dropping AUO altogether, and cutting back its orders with Sharp, giving the resulting business to Samsung.

While media sources in manufacturers’ home markets are not always reliable where supply chain rumors are concerned, this one has enough specifics to seem credible at least – and the quality of the Retina iPad mini screen has been criticized in both reviews and benchtests.

iPad mini with Retina display Stories March 13, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: iPad mini from $249, up to $75 off iPod Touch, iOttie iPhone car mount $12.50, more

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Staples $50 off tablets priced $249 or more: iPad mini w/ Retina display from $349, iPad Air $449more

Staples In-Store: iPod Touch 5th gen 16GB $180 ($50 off), 32GB $230 ($75 off)

iOttie Easy Flex 3 car mount/desk stand for iPhone & other smartphones $12.50 (Reg. $25)

Amazon announces rate increases for regular ($99/yr) and Student Prime ($49/yr) memberships

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New products:

  • Roku announces a new HDMI streaming stick for $50
  • D-Link Releases the First Portable 11AC Router/Server/Charger for $99 shipped

iPad mini with Retina display Stories March 12, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: WD 2TB portable HD + Lightroom 5 $129, RAVPower 2800mAh travel battery $9, up to $79 off Retina iPad mini, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

  • Western Digital My Passport Ultra 2 TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive Black + Photoshop Lightroom 5 $129 ($100 off)
  • ColorStrokes: Selective photo coloring app for Mac – FREE (Reg. $3)

RAVPower External Batteries: Travel Pack 2800mAh AC / Battery Charger / Power Bank $9 shipped, Element 10400mAh $26

1-Day Best Buy Sale: Up to $79 off the iPad mini with Retina display

Daily Deals: OtterBox Defender Cases for iPhone 5/5s $13, Lightning MFi wall charger $12, Beats headphonesmore

Other great deals from today:

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New products:

  • Roku announces a new HDMI streaming stick for $50
  • D-Link Releases the First Portable 11AC Router/Server/Charger for $99 shipped

iPad mini with Retina display Stories January 28, 2014

9to5Toys Lunch Break: $30 off Retina iPad mini, Virgin iPhone 5s $440, 15″ Retina MacBook Pro (newest) $1700, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals: 

Apple Tablet Roundup: $30 off all iPad mini w/ Retina display WiFi models, iPad 4th gen 128GB $520, more

Virgin Mobile cuts unsubsidized iPhone 5s to $440 or iPhone 5c for $360 shipped (Update)

Apple 15″ MacBook Pro w/ Retina display (current gen) 2.0GHz/8GB RAM/256GB $1,700 shipped (Reg. $1999)

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iPad mini with Retina display Stories January 7, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: Retina iPad mini $375, Apple TV $82, Sony RX100 Cyber-shot $400, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Apple iPad mini w/ Retina display 16GB WiFi $375 shipped (Reg. $399)

Apple TV 3rd gen w/ 1080p: $82 shipped (Reg. $99)

Sony RX100 Cyber-shot 20.2 MP digital camera w/ Carl Zeiss lens (black): $400 shipped (Reg. $650)

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iPad mini with Retina display Stories December 3, 2013

Some Apple Stores begin price-matching iPad Air & iPhone 5c

Weeks after launch, a number of Apple Stores in the United States have begun price-matching both the iPad Air and iPhone 5c. Sources say that the ability to price-match those new devices began earlier this week.

The price-matching will vary region-to-region, with some markets choosing to not conduct any price-matching at this time. 

The stores that do support matching, however, will only match up to 10% off. So if your local carrier is offering the iPhone 5c free on-contract, don’t expect to get a free iPhone 5c at an Apple Store. Apple has not began price-matching the more expensive iPhone 5s nor the harder-to-find iPad mini with Retina display.

Apple briefly price-matched the iPad Air up to $479 at launch, but it then quickly stopped. 

iPad mini with Retina display Stories November 28, 2013

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DisplayMate, a company specializing in scientific display testing and calibration, gave the Retina iPad Mini third place in detailed lab tests of three leading 7-inch tablets, criticising Apple for “really bad planning” for what it considers to be out-dated display technology.

And finally… the iPad mini with Retina Display unfortunately comes in with a distant 3rd place finish behind the innovative displays on the Kindle Fire HDX 7 and new Nexus 7 […]

All of this reliance on IGZO is really bad planning… Right now there is a readily available display technology that has much higher performance than IGZO. It’s Low Temperature Poly Silicon LTPS, and it is used in all of the iPhones and in all of Samsung OLEDs (so it’s available in large quantities). Two innovative tablet manufacturers, Amazon and Google, have significantly leapfrogged Apple by introducing Tablet displays using LTPS (in the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 and the new Nexus 7), and they are significantly outperforming the IGZO and a-Si displays in the current iPads. Apple is now lagging in displays, an area where it was once the leader…  expand full story

iPad mini with Retina display Stories November 27, 2013

Sketchy claim of Retina iPad Mini production being boosted to 4M units this month

Digitimes is citing its usual unnamed supply-chain sources to support a claim that Apple is boosting production of the Retina iPad Mini to almost four million units, with shipment dates this month.

This would seem unlikely. The rather more reliable KGI had forecast shipments of just 2.2M for the entire holiday quarter, rising to 4.5M in the first quarter of 2014. The bottleneck is believed to be the retina screen.

Currently, supplies of the wifi model appear good, availability of the cellular models is poorer, and we’d expect things to get tighter as we get closer to the holidays.

The Retina iPad Mini was very well received in reviews, though there have been criticisms of the reduced color gamut compared to the iPad Air.

iPad mini with Retina display Stories November 15, 2013

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A Retina display may have been some time coming on the iPad mini, but the general verdict appears to be that it was worth the wait.

Many are querying the price, especially now that the full-size iPad Air is so much smaller and lighter than its predecessors, and costs just $100 more. But if portability is key, reviewers seem every bit as impressed by the iPad mini as I was by the Air.

Read on for the conclusions from five early reviews …  expand full story

iPad mini with Retina display Stories November 12, 2013

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Due to “limited supply” and “high demand,” the new iPad mini with Retina display will be available at Apple Stores exclusively through the Personal Pickup service for the time-being. Personal Pickup allows a customer to purchase a Retina iPad mini via the Apple Online Store, then pick it up at an Apple Retail location of their choosing. This also means that a customer who wants a Retina iPad mini cannot simply walk-in to an Apple Store and buy one (yet). It’s likely that Apple will allow walk-in purchases when demand meets supply. Apple notified its retail employees of the current sales exclusivity to Personal Pickup customers, and Apple’s own retail website seems to imply similar…

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iPad mini with Retina display Stories October 24, 2013

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A second analyst has warned that supplies of the Retina iPad mini are likely to be “ridiculously tight”, after KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously predicted they would be “highly constrained.” The comment comes from Rhoda Alexander, director of tablet research at IHS electronis and media, quoted in the Telegraph.

Apple could face supply issues for the iPad mini 2 with Retina, as its supply is one third the size of its shipments from this time last year, an analyst said.

Rhoda Alexander, director of tablet research at IHS electronis and media, said: “The supply of the Retina Mini is going to be ridiculously tight in the fourth quarter …  expand full story

iPad mini with Retina display Stories October 2, 2013

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With Apple’s rumored next-generation iPads expected to be launching as early as this month, often reliable KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is sharing some new details on the expected iPad 5 and second generation iPad mini. Kuo is still expecting both products to launch later this year sometime in 4Q13, but in his latest report claims that Apple is prepping a camera upgrade for the new iPads that would include a bump up from the current 5 megapixel iSight camera to 8 megapixels along with other improvements:

Apple could upgrade the camera as a selling point for the new iPad in a bid to increase competitiveness.

We expect the upgrade will include 8MP rear camera, up from 5MP, and larger aperture. Lens module ASP will rise 10-20% on this optics spec upgrade.

As a reminder, the new iPhone 5s includes a new five-element lens designed by Apple that also includes a larger a F2.2 aperture with an 8 megapixel sensor. The device also brings a sensor with a 15 percent larger active area, auto stabilization, and bigger 1.5 micron pixels.

That would indeed be a nice camera to put on iPads. expand full story

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