This has been the strangest year yet for me when it comes to the launch of new iPad models. I’ve been under the weather for the last week is my only excuse. I didn’t manage to keep track of exactly when the new iPad Air 2 would be available in Apple retail stores – I kept only seeing details for pre-orders online and store pickup for those who went that rote.
I’ve never been a fan of doing the pre-order routine. I’m lucky enough to have a very nice Apple Store a 10 minute drive from my house, so I have always chosen to go line up (in the years when you needed to) or just get to that store early on launch day morning. It seems less stressful to me that way – no constantly checking package tracking status or watching out the window for Fedex or UPS.
Well, this week I was apparently off kilter enough to not even take notice when the new iPads became available in stores – and didn’t realize they were until I got a promo email from Apple. Then I ordered one for local store pickup right away with the Apple Store app.
Anyway, long story short, I acquired the new iPad Air 2 last night – a 64GB Space Gray WiFi + Cellular model.
Even though I’m still not feeling all the way back to normal, I’ve had time to get the new iPad Air 2 setup and give it a bit of use. It’s the first time I’ve used a full-size iPad in a few years – and I’m enjoying it.
Hope you’re all enjoying your new (and old) iPads this weekend too.
As always, Apple threw around a mind-boggling number of superlatives at their iPad / Mac event today. The world’s thinnest tablet, the biggest iPhone launch ever, amazing this and incredible that.
Two words that did not get a single mention though, in amongst all the big impressive words and numbers: memory and RAM.
The iPad Air 2 is clearly (very clearly!) the new flagship of the iPad line. It’s got Touch ID, a brand new 64-bit chip specially designed for it, dramatically improved cameras at front and back, significantly faster WiFi and superior LTE capabilites, and so on.
But .. does it have more memory than the measly 1GB that has so far been the most seen in any iPad model? It sure doesn’t look like it – as there was absolutely no word on that at all. And of course Apple has never listed RAM specs for their iPhone or iPad models, and the same holds true for today’s new models. So we won’t know for sure until iFixIt or a similar crew get hold of and dissect one of the new iPad models.
My money is on no change, or at the height of optimistic thoughts maybe 2GB for the iPad Air 2.
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The ‘entry level’ iPad – the original iPad mini – is now available at under $250. How’s that for the supposedly always high-priced tablet market leader?
Since it first hit the market the iPad has been known as a, or perhaps The, premium tablet. Premium in terms of design and overall performance and premium in terms of its price tag.
Now, as the tablet market has grown and competition has finally started to heat up a bit over the last couple years, there are a number of keenly priced iPads.
As you can see in the image at the top of this post, last year’s iPad mini 2, or iPad mini with Retina display, has a starting price of just $299. The brand new iPad mini 3 announced today starts at $399. Even the new iPad Air 2, the flagship of the iPad line, starts at $499.
So that’s no less than 5 iPad models that start at below $500.
Given that the iPad is the clear market and brand leader in the tablet space, with an outstanding history in terms of customer satisfaction, these are some very competitive prices.
One thing you can always count on at an Apple event is that we’ll hear a lot of crazy big numbers about Apple products. Todays event was no exception and of course there were plenty of crazy iPad numbers in the mix.
Here are the ones that stood out for me:
As shown in the slide above, in the 12 months that just ended at the end of Q3 2014 the iPad outsold the total number of PCs sold by any of the world’s leading computer makers. 70 million iPads were sold in that timeframe; Lenovo came closest to matching the iPad – but they’re still behind by 13 million units.
Apple has sold 225 million iPads in total, in the roughly four and half years since the original iPad was released.
There have been more iPads sold in its first 4 years than any other past Apple product.
There are now more than 675,000 iPad apps in the App Store.
The iPad mini Retina has an ‘unbelievable’ 100% customer satisfaction rating.
And one final one: graphics are said to be 180 times faster on the new iPad Air 2 than on the original iPad.
Well, there’s only a little over 30 minutes to wait until Apple’s iPad, or iPad + Mac + Yosemite, special event kicks off today.
With any luck within about an hour and a half we’ll know a heck of a lot about new iPads coming, presumably, this month. Apple is live streaming the event and it is set to start at 1:00PM Eastern.
Here’s where you can watch the live stream of the full event as it happens:
There is also supposed to be an Apple Events channel on the Apple TV that will also be streaming the event – though I’m not seeing that yet on my Apple TV.
And of course, we’ll be sharing our thoughts on new iPads as today rolls on – so you can just stay tuned here if you like.
Happy New iPad Day 2014 to you all.