After the introduction of the new 4th generation iPad with Retina display, the current 3rd gen “new iPad” has been discontinued for good. It is no longer listed on the online Apple Store and the older iPad 2 still remains the entry level model priced at RM1,199 for 16GB WiFi.
If you are still interested to get your hands on the 3rd gen iPad with retina display, Machines is still selling them with a reduced pricing from as low as RM1,379 for the 16GB WiFi version. Basically they have cut RM120 across all models including the WiFi + Cellular model.
Can’t tell the difference between the 3rd gen and 4th gen iPad with Retina Display? Check out our iPad comparison post.
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There are reports coming from the US where Apple customers who’ve purchased the third generation iPad within 30 days are able to get the device replaced with the latest fourth generation version. Would Malaysians be able to swap their recently purchased third generation iPad with the new fourth-gen version?
The short answer is most probably not.
We called Apple customer support for some clarification and while they were willing to hear customers out on a case-to-case basis, the reality is this:
It will be more than 30 days till the fourth generation iPad hits Malaysia. This means by the time the new iPad gets here, your 30-day replacement window will very likely be up.
Even if your purchase is within the 30-day window when the fourth gen iPad is launched here, Apple is more likely attend to purchases made from the online Apple Store than the one made via authorised resellers. For iPads purchased via authorized Apple retailers, the chances of you scoring a free upgrade will be almost zero.
But we’ve heard of some interesting stories from people who bought their Apple gear from authorized resellers and still managed to get one-to-one swaps simply because they were not satisfied with their purchase. Of course these cases are few and far between, so you will have to be extremely lucky or persistent or both to get your recently purchased and already obsolete third generation iPad replaced with the new fourth generation one.
All we can say is, all the best!
UPDATE: New iPad 4th Gen and iPad Mini comparison table updated. Added Galaxy Tab 7.7.
After the unveiling of the new iPad mini and 4th generation iPad, it is time for another round of comparison. We have compared the tablets with both the internal hardware as well as the exterior dimensions.
The new iPad mini comes with a slightly larger 7.9″ display that does 1024×768 resolution, which is the same resolution of its older iPad 2 of 9.7″. While that gives a higher pixel density of 163ppi (pixels per inch), it is behind the Nexus 7 of 216ppi due to its higher resolution of 1280×800. In terms of dimensions, the iPad mini is the thinnest and lightest of the lot at only 7.2mm thick and 308g heavy.
Moving on to the larger tablets, the new iPad in its 4th generation still holds the highest pixel density of 264ppi thanks to its higher than HD resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. As comparison, the closest rival in the form of ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity does a lower full HD resolution of 1920×1200 pixels. In terms of battery, the 9.7″ iPad is still the largest with a rated 10 hour battery life and as a result, it is also the heaviest in this comparison.
Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is a more unique offering with a included S-Pen stylus, 2GB of RAM and higher camera resolution of 8MP for the rear and 2MP at the front. In terms of 3G SIM sizes, the Android tablets are using the regular Mini-SIM while Apple is the only contender that uses micro-SIM. For the new iPad mini, it uses the latest nano-SIM, similar to the iPhone 5.
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Remember the iPhone 5 parody rap video that brought Steve Jobs back from the dead? Mondo, the makers of the said parody video is back and this time the man in the black turtleneck wants you to get back in line for the iPad mini.
The iPad mini event that happened early this morning is something special.
It is something special because for the first time — as far as we can recall —
Apple decided to broadcast its event live over the internet for the world to watch first hand. Beyond that, the event was special because it marks Apple’s entry into a new market — the sub-10inch tablet market that previously was exclusively dominated by Android devices.
Prior to this, opinions were mixed as to whether Apple could make an impact in a market which its founder so passionately refused to enter, but now that the iPad mini has been announced, we can see why Apple had taken its time and why the iPad mini could very well put Apple way beyond reach of its competitors in the tablet market.
Apple has made the full iPad mini keynote available for you to view so you can see why the iPad mini, like the iPad, is set to dominate in the tablet wars. You can watch the official keynote here or head after the break for the YouTube version.
Apple has revealed its latest line up of MacBook Pro, iMacs and iPads at their special event in San Jose. The biggest highlight that most are anticipating is the new iPad mini, which is Apple’s foray into the sub-10″ tablet category.
New 4th generation iPad with Retina Display
Before that, lets talk about the new 4th generation iPad which replaces the current new iPad with Retina Display. The new 9.7″ iPad is now simply called the iPad with Retina display, which is similar naming convention with their MacBook Pro line up. While it was expected as a minor refresh to include a lightning connector and wider LTE support, the 4th gen iPad comes with an all new dual-core A6X chip with quad-core graphics. This promises twice the performance over the iPad it replaces.
Despite having a more powerful chip, the 4th gen iPad still maintains its 10 hour battery life. The front facing camera has also been upgraded to 1.2MP to support FaceTime in HD. The rest of the hardware remains unchanged including the same 9.4mm thickness and 652 gram weight for WiFi model. Along with the new lightning connector, they have also introduced new cables for USB and SD Card connection.
It is interesting to point out that the 3rd gen iPad with Retina display has been officially discontinued just 7 months since its introduction. The iPad 2 still remains as an entry level 9.7″ tablet at RM1,199. The new iPad is expected to be priced the same as the 3rd generation iPad when it was announced at RM1,499 for the 16GB WiFi model. Full details of the new iPad with Retina display over at their product page.
Read on for the iPad mini.