iPad mini The "I can't wait for the retina mini" thread

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Mjmar, Nov 2, 2013.

  1. Mjmar macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2008
    Been waiting a whole year for this. Got a mini last year and it was perfect, but the screen ruined it, so I returned. This has been my most anticipated Apple product ever! Thought about getting an Air, but then I remembered how much I loved the mini's form factor last year, and considering how long I've been waiting for this, getting an Air seemed like a silly decision. This wait is going to feel so long :p Who's with me? :D
  2. zbarvian macrumors 68010

    Jul 23, 2011
    Yeah I sold my original Mini in anticipation. Every issue I had with the first one, most notably the screen and wifi performance, seems to be greatly improved with the second version. Can't wait.
  3. bkribbs macrumors 65816

    Jan 15, 2012
  4. aicul macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2007
    no cars, only boats
    I'm sort of somewhat intrigued. What is the real use of a retina display on a iPad mini ? Seems a little of an overkill for a middle-ware solution-ware.

    Can someone enlighten me ?
  5. comatose81 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 17, 2009
    Go try a non-retina mini and you'll see.
  6. ugcop macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2012
    Traveling @ Warp Speed ...... USA
    I've had a mini since day one and have enjoyed every day. Yes, I have a Retina display on the iPad three and there is a difference. The form factor of the mini far out ways the difference in the screens. I'm sure I will upgrade to the new mini as soon as it is available but I have no regret over having owned the mini this past year.
  7. GBR macrumors 6502

    Mar 19, 2012
    I absolutely can't wait!! I gave up my perfect retina world when I had a rMBP, retina iPad and retina iPhone and decided to dump the iPad for a iPad mini. I've loved the mini size and portability but very much missed retina. Now I will finally be back in Retina paradise!
  8. SsSsSsSsSnake macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2012
  9. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
    Me either even though I missed the size of the regular iPad.


    Website text looks like heck! With the air I dont have to constantly resize the page to read the site.
  10. Altis macrumors 68030

    Sep 10, 2013
    So that all the text looks crisp despite being small.

    What's middle-ware about the Retina mini? It's the same as the Air in almost every internal way.
  11. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    The shading and lighting difference between retina and non retina in Infinity Blade alone is worth the price difference. That A7 is making the retina display SHINE.

    I wanna get my hands on a retina mini.
  12. vmaniqui macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2013
    i have a mini and an Ipad3 Retina. and i am OK with both - retina or not. having a mini retina is just another nice thing for me to have but in the meantime i am ok with my non retina mini.
  13. comatose81 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 17, 2009
    I have a mini now and love it. However, I'm not so blind that I can't see the screen is pretty rough, especially when browsing. Anyone trying to downplay the retina mini is just trying to talk themselves into not upgrading. I mean $399 is a lot of cash for the base model so I understand, but retina is a huge upgrade, not to mention the new specs.

    It's up to you if you want to spend the cash. No need to justify your decision to random people on the internet.
  14. minisuds7 macrumors member


    Jul 26, 2012
    The U.P. of Michigan
    Just curious: what's the typing experience like on the 7.9-inch iPad? I've got a full size 3rd gen iPad right now and I've gotten used to "touch-typing" on it. I've been thinking about getting the new iPad Air, but part of me is curious about that smaller form factor after playing around with a first-gen iPad mini a few times in the past year. The only thing that worries me greatly is the smaller on-screen keyboard because I use my iPad to take notes in class. Thoughts? Thanks in advance!
  15. comatose81 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 17, 2009
    And? Whether you're "ok" with the non-retina or not doesn't change that the retina display blows a non-retina display out of the water. That doesn't mean you have to upgrade or think the upgrade is worth the cost, it's just the way it is.
  16. bidwalj macrumors 65816

    Feb 16, 2007
    I'm in the same boat. I got an Air for home use but I miss my mini. The mini is the perfect travel device. Hopefully the cellular version is available at launch.
  17. MaxPower49 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 11, 2008
    Same here.. just wish we knew when it was coming. And if I will be able to get one in a reasonable period of time.
  18. LSUtigers03 macrumors 68020


    Apr 9, 2008
    I'll get one after the first of the year. For now my non retina mini is fine.
  19. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    I was quite undecided a few days ago. I remember when the first Mini came out and I tried it at the store and loved it, but knew a retina model was coming the next year so waited. I had an iPad 2 and didn't want to get something with the same specs. So I went back to the store recently and held the Mini again and it won me over completely. I forgot how crazy light it was. This is my first retina iPad anything so now I'll finally be at retina on everything except my iMac 27" at work. But that's not really so bad. $100 cheaper than the Air with the same specs? You'd have to be crazy not to get the Mini. My only concern is for drawing. Back in college I would draw on small sketch pads too, so maybe it will be ok? And since it's more portable I'm more likely to have it with me when I get an idea.
  20. Szarky macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2010
    Went to try the iPad Air thinking it may sway me away from waiting for the Retina Mini but my initial reaction after picking it up was "meh, feels like my iPad 2 basically." Yes it's smaller, thinner and lighter but in the general sense it's not a major change, it's a slight change to me. After using the girlfriends Mini for a while now it just feels right in the hand. Sort of like how a 13" MacBook feels right compared to a 11" or 15". Sure I'd want the portability and lightness of a 11" or the bigger screen of a 15" but which one feels right? 13". To me at least. Anxiously waiting for a Retina Mini now, sold my iPad 2 a few weeks ago and it made me realize how much I use a tablet: every day! It's just so nice to use for quick little game sessions, e-mail, web browsing. I'll end up keeping this Mini for at least 2 years maybe even 3.
  21. Zepaw macrumors 65816


    Apr 18, 2010
    I fully expected to buy a retina mini but Air hit the perfect weight I was looking for. Mini is still an awesome update.
  22. Eth123 macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2013
    It must be only me but I think the full screen retina is awful. The text is blurry making the retina mini the minimum ppi I will consider. Once you get used to 400+ ppi on smart phone and the razar sharp text, a retina air is very disappointing.
  23. vi2867 macrumors 6502


    Oct 11, 2006
    Eastvale, CA
    I did the something today. I went to the Apple Store to look at the iPad Airs to see if I would change my mind, but it did not.
  24. bembol macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2006

    Apple did an amazing job getting the weight down with the Air that there's no reason for me to buy the Mini Retina.
  25. Dlanod macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2008
    The "I can't wait for the retina mini" thread

    Having played with my Air for a couple of days I've gone back to my Mini. And for me it has to be the Mini R.

    So while the Air is beautiful, the Mini R has it for me. The Mini is so portable and flexible I literally never put it down. It goes everywhere with me. I cannot say that about the Air.

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