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Old is New Again
March 19, 2014 - Dave Hecei
With the iPad 2 gone, all of Apple’s iPad devices use the newer 9-pin Lightning connector for charging and syncing. With more and more Lightning compatible accessories out there, I guess it seemed to be time to put it out to pasture, as they say. On another note, it also means that all full-sized iPads have Retina displays. Retina is Apple’s trademark for high-resolution LCD panels.
The current Apple iPad lineup is as follows. There are two iPad minis. The entry-level iPad mini is still available, and is technically identical in specs to the iPad 2 except for physical screen size (it shows the same 1024 x 768 pixels). The iPad mini is only available with 16GB of storage in a Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + cellular. The iPad mini with Retina is available with 16, 32, 64, or 128GB of storage. It is also available in Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi + cellular models. The iPad mini with Retina pricing is $399, $499, $599, and $699 respectively. Adding cellular networking is $130 additional.
The new entry-level full-sized iPad, what Apple calls the iPad with Retina display, is only available with 16GB of storage. It is also available with Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi + cellular. The iPad Air is available with 16, 32, 64, or 128GB of storage. Pricing is, in order of storage size, $499, $599, $699, and $799. Of course, adding cellular networking is $130 additional.
Starring now, there is only one iPad model that is not Retina, the base iPad mini 16GB. The entry-level 10-inch iPad is now the old iPad 4, which for the same price, is a much improved iPad compared to the aging iPad 2. If you can live with Wi-Fi only and 16GB of storage, this new iPad is a hell of a bargain.
(Note: the Wi-Fi only iPad models do not have GPS circuitry in them.)
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