Before the iPhone 5 hits Malaysia next Friday, Apple has made a surprise unannounced move by making the iPad mini & 4th generation iPad with Retina Display (aka iPad 4) available today. It took Apple just 45 days from its official announcement to reach Malaysia.
If you don’t like queuing up at the local retailers today, you can also place an order on the Apple Online Store and have it shipped direct to you. The iPad mini is priced from RM999 for the 16GB WiFi only version and has an estimated shipping time of 2 weeks. Meanwhile the 9.7″ 4th gen iPad remains unchanged with its starting price of RM1,499 but it ships faster in just 1-3 working days.
Full pricing as follows:
16GB WiFi – RM999
32GB WiFi – RM1,299
64GB WiFi – RM1,599
16GB WiFi + Cellular – RM1,399
32GB WiFi + Cellular – RM1,699
64GB WiFi + Cellular – RM1,999
iPad with Retina Display (iPad 4)
16GB WiFi – RM1,499
32GB WiFi – RM1,799
64GB WiFi – RM2,099
16GB WiFi + Cellular – RM1,899
32GB WiFi + Cellular – RM2,199
64GB WiFi + Cellular – RM2,499
The full sized iPad in its 4th generation offers little difference externally. Apart from using the latest lightning connector, the iPad 4 comes with performance bump with its new A6X chip and a higher 1.2MP camera in the front that offers HD Facetime. For clearer comparison, do check out our post here.
To place your order, head over to the Apple Online Store.
UPDATE: The iPad mini and iPad 4 are available for purchase in the Apple Store online. Prices start from RM999 for the 16GB WiFi version of the iPad mini and RM1,499 for the 16GB WiFi version of the iPad 4. The WiFi version of the iPad 4 ships in 1-3 business working days while the others might take up to two weeks to deliver. Full details here.
The iPad mini and iPad 4 will be available from authorised Apple reseller, Machines, starting from today. While Machines have announced that the two new iPad variants will be available in store, the actual pricing of the devices have not been revealed. Replying to comments on its Facebook page, the Apple reseller says that it will make the pricing of the iPad mini and iPad 4 available when its stores open at 10am.
On the note, Electrical and electronics chain store, Senheng and SenQ will be taking pre-orders for the iPad mini and iPad 4 from today. Like Machines, the chain store brand have yet to release the RRP for the iPads.
Yesterday, perhaps by accident, uploaded a banner on its webpage saying that the iPad mini is “coming soon” suggesting that the operator will be offering plans for the device. However, the banner has since been taken down and Celcom has, so far, not yet said anything about offering the iPad mini.
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.