Apple isn't usually the kind of manufacturer that sees its latest and greatest wares receive discounts at retail, with even the smallest of price drop rarely associated with something branded with an Apple logo. When Best Buy reduced both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 as part of its recent Black Friday sale, it was already going against the tide and, we suspect, Apple's wishes.
Apple's iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 were both unveiled just under two weeks ago at a special event on the Cupertino campus, and while we had long since anticipated a number of the features, there have been one or two surprises thrown in for good measure. No less, perhaps, is the fact that the iPad Air 2 includes NFC, something that the company neglected to mention at the keynote, but as we continue to digest the new interior hardware, one area that hasn't been the subject of much focus is the display. For those intrigued to see how the iPad Air 2's panel stands up against the iPad mini 3 and, also, the preceding iPad Air, this rather thorough shoot-out assesses the key features of each.
The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are now available to pre-order in select countries. As it seems to be the case with Apple hardware at the moment, demand for the revamped iPad lineup is sure to exceed initial stock levels, therefore, if you want to be one of the first to own Apple’s latest tablets, then you better act now.
Well, it's been quite the day of announcements in Cupertino. Still reeling from the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus announcement and then subsequent pre-order fiasco followed by launch, we then had to put up with Bendgate fiasco. Now Apple has bestowed upon us a whole new collection of goodies for us to lust after and if we're really lucky, place orders for. They say that time stands still for no man, and that's doubly true if you're working at 1 Infinite Loop.
As expected, the news has finally come in from Cupertino; Apple has announced the longed-awaited iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3. Better yet, Apple has announced the starting prices for the devices at $499 and $399, respectively. You can read all about the two most coveted devices of the year as we have covered them in separate posts, but here’s another news to break: The original iPad mini 2 and iPad Air are going to be sticking around at a $100 lesser price tag than they originally were, starting at $299 and $399, respectively. But wait, there’s more, the iPad mini 1 is also here to stay, and now carries a price tag of just $249 for the base model.
Now that the big Apple event of the month is out of the way and the dust has begun to settle on what the company has announced, the online Apple Store has now been updated with all kinds of new wares. Not all of the new additions are products that were announced on-stage either, with Apple making new accessories for its brand new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 available to buy.
So the iOS 8.1 User Guide just went up on Apple's iTunes Store, and someone at Apple is sheepishly looking around, hoping no one noticed. Apple seems to have spilled the beans about the heavily rumored iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3, which we can finally confirm to be announced tomorrow. Earlier there were onslaughts of iPad rumors and there were even concerns that Apple may not announce the much awaited tablets, in all this confusion. So here you have it folks, the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 are all set to make an appearance on stage tomorrow.
According to a newly surfaced report, Apple will be making its new product line up available to the consumers on Friday, October 24. As the Apple event in Cupertino draws near, the company has already begun shipping mass quantities of new products into the U.S.