Retina iPad Mini launched, prices start at $399


The expected 7.9" retina iPad Mini (AAPL -1%) has the same resolution (2048x1536) as the 9.7" iPad Air. Both devices also have A7 CPUs, a 5MP rear camera and and HD front camera, improved Wi-Fi performance, and 10 hours of promised battery life.

Apple plans to charge a relatively steep $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi-only retina Mini; Google's 2nd-gen Nexus 7 and Amazon's 7" Kindle Fire HDX, both of which also have high-res displays, start at $229.

The first-gen Mini's starting price has been cut to $299 from $329. That still leaves it priced well above the $200-and-cheaper 7" Android devices that have taken a large chunk of the tablet market.

Like the iPad Air, the retina Mini begins shipping on Nov. 1. No fingerprint sensor was disclosed for either device.

New iPad Smart Covers ($39) and full-wrap covers ($79) have been shown off, but the rumored keyboard cover hasn't. Logitech (LOGI +1.2%) has ticked higher in response.

Apple shares have dipped after the retina Mini's pricing was revealed.

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Comments (27)
  • chabig
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    Neither the Nexus nor the Kindle have 64 bit processors or the ecosystem.
    22 Oct 2013, 02:44 PM Reply Like
  • patmann03
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    Which isn't needed... yet. AMD had 64bit chips before Intel (or at least more readily available), yet no one was really jumping ship to AMD. So unless you need more than 4gigs of RAM on a tablet or really want to play intense video games it's an irrelevant piece of hardware at this point.

     

    They really failed on the price of the mini. However, Apple (at least for as long as people have really paid attention to them) aren't known for their affordable devices. They place a price tag for the label and that status symbol of owning an Apple product.

     

    I'd say Apple's quality has gone down (at least when it comes to their software - releasing applications that are not market ready).

     

    I don't own the apple stock. I play the swings. Buy at 450, sell at 500.
    22 Oct 2013, 02:54 PM Reply Like
  • bgold1955
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    I'd say Apple products whether hard/software continues to be so much better than even the next company. Whoever that is. Long because of quality of products.
    22 Oct 2013, 03:00 PM Reply Like
  • financeminister
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    yeah, patmann is right... if your apps work fine and you don't have any issues with your tablet, the hardware specs don't matter to the average user.
    22 Oct 2013, 03:24 PM Reply Like
  • A Prudent Investor
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    I don't agree that Apple products are not affordable. There are over 170 million iPads in force today that contradict your view. Maybe if you made more money, you could afford their products and see their value. There are thousands of uses for iPads which you do not comprehend. Until you do comprehend, your opinion lacks any credible knowledge.
    22 Oct 2013, 03:38 PM Reply Like
  • Chris Lau
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    Wow. Apple just handed the 7-inch market to Google's Nexus. The Nexus 7 is $229, compared to $399 from Apple's Mini.
    22 Oct 2013, 04:12 PM Reply Like
  • financeminister
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    >>"Wow. Apple just handed the 7-inch market to Google's Nexus. The Nexus 7 is $229, compared to $399 from Apple's Mini. "

     

    It could be worse... I think they handed the 7 inch market to Google Nexus 10 inch which is also $399. Hopefully there are more iZombies who get excited about the latest color to keep cashing in.
    22 Oct 2013, 05:17 PM Reply Like
  • raincity
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    Let's not forget resale value on Apple products. I'm getting ready to sell my iPad 2 to Gazelle for $180. After putting that towards a new iPad Air my actual cost is significantly lower.

     

    Now try to sell your 3 year old Nexus device and see what you're able to get. Apple products offer much more value.

     

    I can say this about all their products. Everytime I upgrade I sell a 3-4 year old Apple product for good money.
    22 Oct 2013, 05:36 PM Reply Like
  • Piero A.
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    These iPads will sell in record volumes. It is only those that can't afford them that make the decision to go with the products from Amazon or Google. The same people say the competing products are good enough which may be the case. Those that can afford the iPad will buy the iPad because it is the best product on the market. The lines are already forming at the Apple stores...
    22 Oct 2013, 05:53 PM Reply Like
  • financeminister
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    400 bucks? That's the price of a 10 inch Google Nexus (which I own and is pretty good... I returned my 10 inch iPad last christmas to get the Nexus). And I'm an (AAPL) stock holder.
    22 Oct 2013, 02:44 PM Reply Like
  • A Prudent Investor
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    What an endorsement!
    22 Oct 2013, 03:39 PM Reply Like
  • financeminister
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    lol... just cashing in on the Apple craze through the $AAPL stock.
    22 Oct 2013, 03:57 PM Reply Like
  • scott trader
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    The nexus does not measure up to the iPad....night and day. . On so many levels......esp battery life .......
    22 Oct 2013, 04:13 PM Reply Like
  • financeminister
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    I use the Nexus 10 and have used the latest iPad too. Nexus has more usable and noticible features than the iPad. Battery life is pretty much the same. Google sorted out bugs with the older android crashes and screen freezes. So once that was confirmed when I had tested a friend's Nexus 10 that was over a month in use, other features got me sold on Nexus and made me return my iPad.... it was a no brainer for me at that point.

     

    The only thing that made me not want to buy an android device was the battery life, software crashes and screen freezes but then when android users told me that those issues were fixed, I wanted to confirm myself and then go for the better of the two. Price wasn't an issue because I had already bought an iPad.

     

    So below differences got me sold on a Nexus 10 and got me to return my iPad

     

    1. multiple user/desktop functionality in Nexus - I have my personal user settings and so does my wife. This makes a huge difference especially if you have kids who access your tablet too.
    2. System & diagnostic tools to control software and hardware that you don't find in iPad and are easy to access to.
    3. micro USB port & HDMI port (can connect to TV, computer, keyboard, mouse, external storage etc)
    4. Google allows read/write over all folders in storage as opposed to Apple which is pretty much a closed system
    5. And Nexus 10 is 100 bucks cheaper than iPad. And with the new iPad mini (7 inch), it's still cheaper.

     

    The only disadvantage I could find for the Nexus is that it looks ugly. iPad has a sturdy, robust, elegant structure. But that wasn't a big deal for me.

     

    IMHO, it's the "cool" crowd who don't scratch the surface, prefer cute looks and brand image that will cough up extra cash and buy an iPad. Apple has a strong reputation behind it and Google didn't... until recently. Tech folks would do a lot more research, testing and then make a decision. They also want more control over their hardware. But tech folks are far less in number compared to the iZombie crowd.... that's why I cash in on the iZombie crowd who will stand in line, through rain and pay anything for an Apple product through $AAPL stock but when it comes to myself, I'll be a bit more realistic and go for good value at reasonable price.

     

    This is just my experience so that'll trump what anyone tells me about the Nexus 10 (as I own it) and to a certain extent, iPad (as I owned it). I don't own GOOG and don't intend to. I own AAPL.
    22 Oct 2013, 05:09 PM Reply Like
  • Rosym
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    Will the new iPad take flash player?
    22 Oct 2013, 03:59 PM Reply Like
  • StepUp
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    LOL
    22 Oct 2013, 04:14 PM Reply Like
  • HCWHunter22
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    I surf the web a LOT on my iPhone and on my iPad too. I can't remember the last time I found a video clip I couldn't watch on my idevice because of no flash. Flash is irrelevant anymore.
    22 Oct 2013, 04:43 PM Reply Like
  • kimboslice
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    I am an Apple fanboy since the 80's. I also own shares of AAPL.
    I love Apple products.
    BUT, it's nuts to shuck out $399 for the iPad mini in my opinion.
    I have a Hisense Sero7 pro that is wonderful, high res. screen, fast and stable. I also prefer Android OS for tablets. The thing cost just $129 at Walmart.
    Most people don't realize how nice the tablet is since many Android tablets are slow, low res screen, etc.
    I'm buying one or two for Christmas presents. $399? No way, that's almost a share of AAPL.
    22 Oct 2013, 04:41 PM Reply Like
  • Dr Fred
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    From reading these posts, I have the sense that many of you are younger and of a different generation than I am. I can readily understand your concerns about cost, but I have a few other considerations. Mostly, I don't know a d*** thing about tech. I can barely get these things turned on and I am willing to pay for reliability, reputation, and a "genius" bar to solve the many problems that I can't solve myself. "Viva la AAPL"
    P.S. I just bought an AAPL 5S and even I can appreciate the clarity of the camera and the speed of the operating system.
    22 Oct 2013, 05:29 PM Reply Like
  • scott trader
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    I am retired , the repair of the blinker in my car cost 399....If you cannot afford a I mini go get a kindle or whatever on eBay...quit whining....
    22 Oct 2013, 10:22 PM Reply Like
  • flux8
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    I'm a tech geek and finally came to the realization about 4 years ago that the vast majority of the public is more like you than me. That's when I started buying up shares of AAPL.

     

    And as a tech geek, I can still appreciate elegant simplicity and so even though I never use the Genius Bar, I still buy Apple products.
    22 Oct 2013, 11:30 PM Reply Like
  • financeminister
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    flux8, exactly - that's why I also bought AAPL shares and not Apple products...after you see people line up from early morning through sun and rain for a new color phone, man, you definitely do have to cash in on the craze.
    22 Oct 2013, 11:38 PM Reply Like
  • 2puttwo
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    They,(Apple,) hit all the targets most Analysts were talking about, with the mini. There will be a line out the door to buy one. The Mini will be the,must have, product under the old Christmas Tree in December and the Chinese new year. Those with job will trade their old iPad in, and walk out the door a happy camper. With Apple, price really is not much of a factor when making a buying decision. Remember, the old saying. "The deal is long forgotten before the new smell leaves the car." Folks, we are not talking about a lot of money here. My iPad has become more like my AE card every day. I can't leave home without it.
    22 Oct 2013, 06:31 PM Reply Like
  • JG2000
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    Regarding the mini retina pricing...the demand at the $399 price point is still very likely to exceed supply into 2014. In fact they will probably start selling for a premium on ebay for a while. When you factor in the quality, the resale value and the cheaper or free software upgrades -- the value is there if you can afford it and like the ecosystem.
    22 Oct 2013, 07:46 PM Reply Like
  • bgold1955
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    C'mon guys! Just buy the stock! You know you should!
    22 Oct 2013, 09:57 PM Reply Like
  • AutoRegressive
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    Where the *** are the gold ipads. Why not sell the most popular color of the iphone?

     

    I really wanted one :-(
    23 Oct 2013, 12:27 AM Reply Like
  • Sterlingtie
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    I thought the discussion here was about investing in Apple the company not on the merits of buying iPads or Android tablets et al. If I want that advice I will go to CNET. Great companies are able to command preferential pricing for their products. We should be happy that Apple can be successful in selling their products at a premium to the competiton - I wish they could sell their product at 5 times the price of their competitor. That way they make more profit and I make more money. That's what this is supposed to be about.

     

    You'd all be complaining about margin erosion if they started selling iPads at $99.
    23 Oct 2013, 01:25 AM Reply Like
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