iPad Mini with 4G LTE Available Starting Today

iPad Mini With 4G LTE from AT&THow time flies. It seems like just yesterday all we could talk about was the iPad Mini. What would it look like? How much would it cost? The speculation was fun, and seemingly endless. But now that the device is out, have you forgotten about it? Unlike a lot of Apple product launches, it’s difficult to say what the reaction has been. On one hand, lots of people took to Twitter to express their surprise and disappointment that the iPad Mini didn’t come in at a lower price point. But on the other hand, the flagship Apple store in NYC had enormous lines even though the city was (and is) still reeling from Hurricane Sandy, and Apple has boasted record sales (they they always do though, don’t they?).

Bottom is line is that as polarizing as the new Apple iPad Mini may be, and however many other competitors are out there, lots of people still want it. Given how many people are already using the iOS ecosystem, and the unparalleled user experience provided by iDevices, it’s hard to blame them. If you’re one of those people, you’ll be happy to know that Apple has finally made the iPad Mini with 4G LTE available. Pricing starts at $459 for the 16GB model. 32 GB will set you back $559, and 64GB $659. As usual, Apple is claiming that they don’t have enough devices to keep up with demand, so if you’re committed to the iPad Mini it makes sense to order soon!

Click here to order your iPad Mini with 4G LTE from AT&T.


UPDATED: Tablet Buying Guide: Comparing Major Brands, Specs & Prices

UPDATED 11/6: We’ve added Barnes & Noble’s Nook tablets. For more on the Nook, go here.

UPDATED 10/31: We’ve added Google’s new Nexus 10 tablet to the chart. For more on the Nexus 10, go here.

It may be impossible for us to pick a tablet for you. After all, personal preferences and needs account for a lot when it comes to gadgets. But we can at least help you know what’s out there! There’s a ton of different choices, so we’ve broken out the specs on some of leading tablets (including Kindle, iPad, Surface and Nexus)  to help you compare and contrast.  Plus we’ll be updating this chart as more devices are released.

A few things to consider as you look at the chart below:

– What size tablet would be the most useful for you? When and where will you use the device most often?
– Is cellular connectivity important to you? There’s a significant price hike on devices with 3G and 4G LTE capabilities (they all include WiFi).
– We’ve listed the base prices below. Upgrades for additional storage or in the case of Kindle, devices without ads, will cost more.
– Pixels per Inch is a good guide to display quality, but quality is also affected by things like contrast and illumination. If this is a big concern, we recommend trying a device in person.

Are we missing a tablet you’re considering purchasing? Have more questions? Let us know in the comments!

tablet comparison chart buying guide
Questions? Let us know in the comments!


Why Apple’s New Fusion Drive May Be More Exciting Than the iPad Mini

Apple iMac with Fusion Drive
Apple’s new iMac with Fusion Drive will begin shipping next month

Explaining hard drive technology is not nearly as fun or glamorous as talking about how thin or light a new device is. You can’t exactly pull an iMac out of your pocket to exclaim “It’s so efficient!” But in reality, the Fusion Drive might be the most innovate idea Apple has come up with in awhile.

My evidence is anecdotal, and based on my experience, but here’s my story. I bought a new computer a couple months ago, and went into the Apple store all ready to buy a new MacBook Pro. That’s what I had before, and I loved it. I thought the MacBook Air was just a machine that sacrificed power for looks, and I didn’t care that it was super thin. But what I had forgotten about was the flash memory.

Basically, the MacBook Air has solid state (aka SSD aka flash) memory. Without getting too technical about it, it runs faster. It can open programs and load processes quicker than old-fashioned hard disk drive (aka HDD) memory. So what’s the problem? It’s significantly more expensive than HDD memory: until the last couple of years, we only used SSD memory in small amounts, like thumb drives and old-school iPod Nanos.

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iPad Mini: Complete Coverage of Today’s Announcement

We’re covering this event in our liveblog below! Plus @MarioArmstrong will be bringing you live updates on Twitter so be sure to follow him there.

Please note, the liveblog below will refresh automatically, with all of the latest updates as Apple reveals them, starting at 1pm ET, 11am PT today.

Plus if you’re on a Mac and using Apple’s Safari web browser, or on an up-to-date iPhone or iPad, you can click on the link below to watch Apple’s iPad Mini announcement live:


If you have an Apple TV, you will also be able to tune in to this special announcement live there as well. Unfortunately we don’t know yet if this will work for PCs, but we’ll have all the photos and coverage you could want right here!  Read More

POLL: What new Apple product are you most anticipating?

The rumors are flying. Is Apple releasing an iPad “Mini” next Tuesday? Will there be a 13″ Retina MacBook Pro? Will there be a new iPhone that let’s you teleport anywhere in the world?

Let’s face it, I don’t know any more than you do. That’s why you should vote in the poll below and let me know what you think!

While an iPad Mini that can go head-to-head with the Google Nexus 7 tablet as well as Amazon’s Kindle Fire seems likely, nobody but Tim Cook & his team of secret engineers have any idea what Apple is about to unleash upon the world. But that doesn’t stop us from speculating!

If you want to be the first in the world to find out what Apple is unleashing next Tuesday, sign up for the mailing list below and I’ll shoot you a quick message when the Apple event begins at 1PM EST, and I’ll let you know about other exciting tech launches in the future! Then you’ll be able to tune in to our liveblog and find out in real-time what Apple is up to! In accordance with my site’s Privacy Policy I won’t share or sell your info with anyone, ever.

Until then, I’d love to find out what possible new Apple products everyone is most excited about! So do me a favor, and vote below!

iPad Mini Coming NEXT TUESDAY! Here’s what we know…

Here’s one of my favorite games to play as a tech reporter: decipher Apple’s invitations to events and look for clues! If you had any doubt that the iPad Mini is going to be announced next Tuesday, October 23rd, then check out the latest invite that appeared in my box this morning:

Apple isn’t a company that plays with words for no reason. When they say they have a “little more” to show me, that’s a pretty strong hint they’re talking about a “little” device, a.k.a. the iPad Mini.

Do you want to be among the first in the world to find out about the iPad Mini? We’ll be running a liveblog on October 23rd, breaking Apple’s news as it happens. If you sign up for my newsletter today, I’ll drop you an email just as Apple kicks off the event so you can tune in and find out what’s going on!
iPad Mini Mockup by 9to5mac

Why an iPad Mini? After all, isn’t the original iPad supposed to be the “perfect size” according to Steve Jobs? Frankly, yes, the iPad is pretty much as close to a perfect tablet in terms of size and weight that any company can make today. Here’s what Steve said before he passed about smaller tablets:

“The reason we [won’t] make a 7-inch tablet isn’t because we don’t want to hit [a lower] price point. It’s because we think the screen is too small to express the software. As a software driven company, we think about the software strategies first.”

But Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire have proven over the last year that a smaller tab, something in a size between an eReader and a full-sized Tablet, can offer a worthwhile experience at some really exciting price points. Some feel like these smaller tablets offer more than a taste of both worlds. While there’s no substitute for a full-size screen, a smaller iPad that can run all of the same apps as its big brother? Now THAT’S exciting!

So, the iPad Mini is coming (or is it the Lil’ iPad? iPad Nano? iPad Junior? LOL) but what will it be? Read on to find out!  Read More