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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Show notes

  • Family Portrait: The iPad Air and Retina iPad mini
  • Retina iPad mini unboxing and first hands on
  • On Apple's weird iPad mini with Retina Display rollout
  • Retina iPad mini launch gets officially official, initial stock seems destined for online and in-store pickup only
  • Retina iPad mini now available for order via Apple Online - here's what you need to know!
  • Regarding the Retina iPad mini launching tomorrow, November 12



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Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

  • 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. Sent from the iMore App
  • Helpful!!! Sent from the iMore App
  • 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. Sent from the iMore App
  • 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. ;) Sent from the iMore App
  • Amazing show. Thanks Rene. Shortly am goin to buy it Sent from the iMore App
  • So bummed I missed this! Thanks for posting! Going to watch now! Btw. Loving this news app! Sent from the iMore App
  • So excited about the mini retina! I'm looking into one, but the price turns me off. Great show! Sent from the iMore App
  • 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. Sent from the iMore App