During today’s special announcement, Apple revealed the next in the iPad lineup with its typical cool style. Making no apologies for silly names, pricing or anything of the sort. Tim Cook and his colleagues got up on stage and showed off Mavericks, some new MacBook Pro notebooks, and then what we were all waiting for: The next iPads.
iPad Air is the full size, 9.7-inch iPad with twice the power of the previous version, packed in to a device that’s a lot thinner, much lighter and narrower. The Retina equipped iPad mini is exactly the same device, but a small version. It has the same resolution display, but in a smaller, 7.9-inch panel. It is slightly thicker and heavier than its predecessor. But not by enough to make it unwieldy. They’ll both be available in Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi+Cellular flavors in storage capacities ranging from 16-128GB.
The question is: Which will you buy? Do you want the larger display of the traditional iPad with Retina in a smaller body? Or is your idea of the perfect tablet a Retina equipped mini? Or, will you be buying an iPad 2 or non-Retina iPad mini?