iMore show 376: Retina iPad mini launch surprise!

Rene, Peter, and Richard talk all about the middle-of-the-night, online-only Retina iPad mini launch and their first impressions. Also: Mavericks Gmail update, what's better, and what's still broken!

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iMore show 376: Retina iPad mini launch surprise!


Great show. Like you were talking about.. The important question now comes down to which one someone should buy. The iPad Air or Mini with Retina.

I think essentially it now matters the most what size you prefer and how much you are looking to spend. Once I have the money, I will get the Mini for my wife and the Air for myself.

A quick thought: I think Apple should unify the naming theme of it's products. If the rumors are true, Apple will launch a larger iPhone next year and I think they will end up selling two different sizes iPhones.

Here is how I think it should look.. MacBook Pro, MacBook Air. iPad Pro, iPad Air. iPhone Pro, iPhone Air. This would unify their product line and help new Apple customers understand their options better.

In my opinion iPad Mini is a bad name and it points towards a lesser experience than the larger iPad, which isn't true. The smaller iPad would be better named "Air" and the larger named "Pro" with an attachable keyboard.

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Great show. I think that the fact the apple continues to keep us guessing is a good sign. I don't think they want to be predictable. Let's face it, apple has enough money to launch a product in anyway they want. This launch was planned and calculated.

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I wish they had put the TouchID on the mini, after having the 5S for a month I keep trying to unlock my iPad2 with my thumb. I guess I'm a creature of habit

Good show, the wait is killing me more, thanks.

Ordered my cellular model at, then I start to see the inventories creeping up all over the place. I tried to cancel, but the Apple rep offered me a free iPad mini case to keep the order.

Meh, I guess I can wait now. ;)

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So excited about the mini retina! I'm looking into one, but the price turns me off. Great show!

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Great show guys, I picked up a mini on launch and loving it. Bit heavier than old one but that screen makes it worth it.

I've had a few restarts and hanging though so wondering if there will be some iOS update again soon for the new processor.

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