No retina in iPad Mini a deal breaker?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by mylios101, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. mylios101 macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2008
    I sure know it is for me! It's an iPad 2 with a smaller screen and LTE. Not much of a new product.

    What about you? Does the lack of a retina disable discourage you from buying an iPad mini?
  2. F123D macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2008
    Del Mar, CA
    I lost interest when they compared the mini to the original iPad and said 1024 x 768.
  3. richpuer macrumors 6502

    Nov 15, 2010
    yes, its going buying a desktop
  4. Frankied22 macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2010
    I really think it is for me. I just can't see myself buying a tablet that I will mostly use for reading, and it not having retina. Also, the iPad (4th Gen) now has as A6X. The A6 is way faster, and that really shows in certain apps. The mini may not need anything more than an A5 to push the screen, but it will show some sluggishness in some apps for sure.
  5. 314631, Oct 23, 2012
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    314631 macrumors 6502a

    May 12, 2009
    iDeaded myself
    It is for me expecting for sure next year there will be a retina display in the iPad Mini. :D
  6. jojoba macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    I wasn't planning to get one anyway, but I definitely won't get one without retina. I'm too spoiled with my 3gen retina and do a lot of reading, it makes a huge difference for that.
  7. thedarkhorse macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2007
    I think the price is about 40-50 too high because the lack of retina. Works great for apple though because they have an easy update path for next year's ipad mini: a6 + retina.

    I'm guessing the real buy right now will be discounted ipad 3's (or the not-so-new ipad).
  8. scrap104 macrumors regular


    Dec 30, 2010
    There's no way you can get a 2048x1536 7.9" 320 PPI screen for just $329 at this point. Maybe in one or two years from now.
  9. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    For ebooks, after the new iPad's retina yes it's a major step down

    The A5 processor and 512mb ram (probably 512mb) is also a bit if a misfire.

    Worse still, Apple have with the iPad 4th gen announcement being only 6 months caused me frustration and hesitation, it makes me doubt on me as a consumer how long it will be for the inevitable mini upgrades, and to maybe just wait till spring and see if it at least gets the A6 bump too.
  10. JSalig macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2010
    Knowing that the 2nd gen mini will kick the 1st gen's ass all over the place and having to worry about how soon that will happen makes it a dealbreaker. Especially at its price point.
  11. tonyy macrumors 6502a


    Oct 8, 2011
    I was ready to buy one but I think I'll wait to see the screen in person to make a final decision.

    If not, I'll wait until next year for the retina.
  12. iPadztr macrumors 6502

    Apr 30, 2010
    Pluto avenue
    I'll wait for the retina display on iPad mini. :) but for now, sell my 3rd gen iPad and buy the 4th gen.
  13. onthecouchagain macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011
    If you can resist waiting a year, the 2nd gen will probably have retina.

    Apple could have annihilated the 7" and mid-range competition if they had priced it a little better. Imagine if it was $269 or something. I'm sure Google and friends took a collective sigh of relief.

    iPad Mini will still sell in droves, though.
  14. HKPDW macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2011
    Don't really want a small Ipad 2 for $329.

    I'll wait for the "Mini 2" Retina equipped, A6 version for $299 after Apple sees lack luster sales of the original Mini over the next year...
  15. thedarkhorse macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2007
    haha yeah right, the bulk of buyers will not be spec fanatics.

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