Have your eye on one of those speedy new fourth-generation iPads but figured there was no hurry because Apple made plenty of them? Think again, buddy -- Cupertino's online store now shows all Wi-Fi models out of stock.
Amazon isn't going to take the iPad mini lying down, going on the offensive with a direct comparison between its $199 Kindle Fire HD and Apple's latest $329 media darling -- and they're taking the fight to their website homepage.
So it was a big announcement week with not only the long rumored iPad mini, but surprises like the newly redesigned iMacs, Retina Display additions to the MacBook line up, and the fourth generation iPad. One thing Apple never does is disappoint. So a few other stories happened this week too, so why don't we take a look?
In case a friendly reminder email from Apple this morning wasn't enough to jog your memory, the iPad mini is now available to preorder from the company's online store, with Wi-Fi models arriving on November 2.
During the Apple-Samsung patent trial this summer, it was revealed that Eddie Cue, Apple's Internet software and services chief, had allegedly convinced a very reluctant Steve Jobs that Apple should make a miniature iPad as soon as possible. In an email to heavy hitters Tim Cook, Scott Forstall and Phil Schiller, Cue links a GigaOM article, "Why I Just Dumped the iPad (Hint: Size Matters)," and notes that he was beginning to wear down Steve's famous stubbornness.
If you're in the market for a new iPad, plenty of retailers and buyer sites are more than willing to take your old iOS device off your hands. According to at least two trade-in sites, the number of iPads sent in for trade has soared, thanks in no small part to yesterday's announcements.
After Apple's iPad Mini debut, I got to get hands-on with the newest Apple tablet -- or maybe I should say "hand-on" since this thing is so easy to hold in one hand. You'll want to spin it around on your finger like a Harlem Globetrotter. But you probably shouldn't -- even though it's only as heavy as a legal pad of paper, it's significantly more fragile.
So, after intently following Apple's iPad mini event, you've decided to pull the trigger. But whether you're completely new to the wonderful world of iOS, or a seasoned Apple aficionado, there's still a whole heaping ton of things to consider before spending your hard-earned dough. Thankfully, we've always got your back. Here's a handy guide to understanding all the choices surrounding the newest member of the iPad family.
The iPad mini debuted today, just in time for the holiday gift-buying bonanza. Undoubtedly, Apple is hoping to compete with the likes of Amazon's Kindle Fire HD and Google's Nexus 7 tablets. But will consumers plop down the cash for a premium product?