iPad Air or iPod Mini with retina display?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Phillip Helbig---undress to reply, Jun 26, 2014.

  1. I'm thinking about buying one or the other of these. Are there any
    (important) differences, apart from the size?

    Are they likely to be "stable releases", like the iPad 2, or is it
    expected that successor models will come out soon?
     
    Phillip Helbig---undress to reply, Jun 26, 2014
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  2. Phillip Helbig---undress to reply

    Guest Guest

    you mean ipad mini, not ipod mini.

    the ipod mini hasn't been sold in about a decade and it's *very*
    different than an ipad.

    the ipad mini and ipad air are the same internally. the difference is
    display size.
    'fall 2014'.
     
    Guest, Jun 26, 2014
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    David Empson Guest

    Not quite: the iPad mini with retina display has a fractionally slower
    processor: 1.3 GHz vs 1.4 GHz for the iPad Air, benchmarks put it about
    7% slower. The iPad mini with retina display is also likely to ramp down
    its speed sooner due to thermal limits.

    In practical terms, only those wanting to run high end games at maximum
    performance might notice, and it won't make any difference to how long
    Apple supports each model in future.

    I'm not aware of any other technical/performance differences.

    Despite the smaller size, the battery operating time comes out about the
    same (slower processor and physically smaller display reduce the power
    consumption enough to make up for the smaller battery capacity).

    Here is a detailed technical review:

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/7519/apple-ipad-mini-with-retina-display-reviewed

    For the last couple of years, new iPad models have been introduced in
    October. It would be fair to assume a September/October timeframe for
    the next models.

    We can only speculate what changes they would have, but it would be fair
    to assume the processor will be a generation newer (A8) and there is a
    good chance they will have the Touch ID fingerprint sensor (currently
    only in the iPhone 5S).

    There is also a strong possibility of the price/capacity getting better
    if you wait, as Apple revised iPod Touch pricing today: the 16 GB model
    is US$30 cheaper (also adding a camera and multiple body colours to
    bring it into near feature parity with the other models), the 32 GB
    model is US$50 cheaper, and the 64 GB model is US$100 cheaper.

    If this pricing pattern is extended to the iPhone and iPad, $50 rather
    than $80-$100 increments for capacity doubling steps (up to 64 GB) would
    be much more reasonable.
     
    David Empson, Jun 27, 2014
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  4. Phillip Helbig---undress to reply

    Guest Guest

    it's still the same hardware and that isn't anything anyone is going to
    actually notice in real world use.
    the first part is questionable, but the latter part is true.
    they basically said that at the developer conference.
    both are almost certain to be correct, especially given that they will
    be allowing any app to use the fingerprint sensor in ios 8.
    they did that because sales for the ipod touch are nowhere near as good
    as the iphone and ipad.

    as for a new ipad, it could have new hardware that no previous device
    had before, such as the m7 coprocessor that was introduced last year.
    what that might be is unknown at this time.

    the ios 8 apis talk about altitude so there may be a barometer in one
    or more devices, which would be extremely useful.
    unlikely, since apple sells all the iphones and ipads they can make, so
    there's no pressure to cut prices.

    what they'll likely do is offer the current model at a discount, which
    they've done for several years.
     
    Guest, Jun 27, 2014
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  5. Phillip Helbig---undress to reply

    Your Name Guest

    Anyone trying to sell you an "iPod Mini" is a conman - stay well away.
    ;-)


    Others have answered the question, but on thing to be aware of is that
    both the iPad Mini and the iPad Air have the same screen resolution
    (2048x1536 pixels), so the smaller physical size of the iPad Mini means
    everything will look smaller, which may be important if you have any
    eyesight problems.



    They are as stable as any product. According to MacRumors.com the iPad
    Mini and iPad Air were last updated in November 2013, so it's quite
    likely there will be another update around the same time this year, but
    what the changes will be is unknown (the fingerprint scanner from the
    iPhone is one possibility).
     
    Your Name, Jun 27, 2014
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  6. Right; iPad, not iPod.
    Is this an official announcement?
     
    Phillip Helbig---undress to reply, Jun 27, 2014
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  7. Phillip Helbig---undress to reply

    Guest Guest

    basically, yes.

    earlier this month, apple announced and demoed ios 8 and said it's
    coming in the fall.

    the new ipads and iphones will be running ios 8, so they'll be out
    alongside ios 8 or shortly after.
     
    Guest, Jun 27, 2014
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    Lewis Guest

    No, but it is 99.999999927% certain.
     
    Lewis, Jun 27, 2014
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  9. Phillip Helbig---undress to reply

    George Kerby Guest

    "Nitpick" -not "nitpoke".

    I am 99.99999% sure that the OP had no reason to bring up an iPod for
    comparison. Are an unemployed Attorney, or what?!?

    :)
     
    George Kerby, Jun 27, 2014
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