All iPads UK iPad Air & iPad mini with Retina Thread

Discussion in 'iPad' started by S A, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. S A macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2011
    Midlands, UK
    UK Thread for new iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina

    iPad Air:
    Finish: Space Grey / Silver
    Capacity: 16GB/ 32GB / 64GB / 128GB
    WiFi: £399 / £479 / £559 / £639
    WiFi + Cellular: £499 / £579 / £659 / £739

    Available on 1st November.

    iPad mini with Retina:
    Finish: Space Grey / Silver
    Capacity: 16GB/ 32GB / 64GB / 128GB
    WiFi: £319 / £399 / £479 / £559
    WiFi + Cellular: £419 / £499 / £579 / £659

    Hopefully we can all us UK buyers can use this thread to discuss these devices and which retailers we can get them from, as I would imagine stores like Argos, PCWorld/Currys, KRCS etc would also be stocking :)
  2. Mr.C macrumors 601

    Apr 3, 2011
    London, UK.
    Good idea. I'm hoping to get mine from Apple either online or in one of their stores like almost all the Apple devices I have purchased in the past. I'll be ordering mine at midnight on the 1st using the App Store app like I did for my iPhone 5S. Then depending on the wait of I can get it earlier from an Apple store I will cancel my online order.

    I'm hoping to get a white/silver iPad Air 128GB Wi-Fi plus cellular model.
  3. MLAM macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2011
    United Kingdom
    I wonder if Tesco supermarket will have them, club card points come in Handy.

    I'll either try Tesco locally and perhaps order one from Apple online.

    John Lewis is also good as they give a 2 year warranty.
  4. MisterBigMack macrumors regular

    May 23, 2012
    This will be my first iPad so unsure about size and which one really....and to be honest colour as well!

    Both with the same specs and both retina now, I think this might have me have to pop into my local krcs and try them out....

    I only really have a budget of £500 so it's either the 32gb iPad air or the 64gb mini...

    Decisions decisions
  5. THFourteen macrumors 6502a


    Apr 8, 2010
    I'm in for my yearly update!

    Think ill to for the 64GB mini with LTE. HOwever I am impressed with the new ipad air. Looks amazing.

    Will be checking the website everyday for release date :-(

    Also imagine LTE minis will be even later.
  6. BMcCoy macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2010
    I think I need to see and feel both new iPads, before choosing.

    Before the event, I was set for the new Mini.. but now am thinking the Air..

    edit.. and now I've read a few other threads, I'm back to thinking the mini is best!
  7. Maxinuk macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2011
    You definitely need to hold them both - Apple have mixed things up now and with only £80 between them and the same quality screen and thinner profile size and weight and feel in the hand is everything.

    When the Mini came out by far the most compelling thing was the weight for me - I tend to hold my iPad when using it rather than resting it on something and picking the original Ipad behemoth up in comparison to the Mini they are chalk and cheese in terms of weight, bulk and consequent fatigue after a while. The new one being much lighter but still more compact and thinner will be tempting. But the proof will be in the Apple shop and side by side comparison especially as the Mini has got thicker/heavier. Similarly the original Mini display was very disappointing for me being non-Retina.

    Whatever, I will try them in the Apple store and then purchase online at John Lewis with a 2 yr warranty and no fuss returns via UK 'distance selling' regs which give you so much more consumer rights than buying 'face to face'.
  8. BMcCoy macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2010

    Decided. Will see and feel them both in the Apple store before choosing.

    [And I'm less inclined to online order the ipad at the moment of release, after the experience with the online ordering of the iPhone 5s! No point rushing, if it'll take a couple of weeks to get here.. may as well go in store to choose, and maybe the store will have stock anyway..]
  9. I8P'CS Suspended

    Jul 29, 2010
    Hi guys,

    Anyone know what time we will be able to place orders online? Will it be 12am midnight UK? or 8am UK?
  10. dlondon macrumors 6502

    Sep 6, 2013
    Bit disappointed that neither of the new iPad models have TouchID. For me, using an iPad for work, people tend to look over when I'm using my iPad and I'm far more likely to leave my iPad unattended (say in my bag or in my office) than I am my phone. I'll be getting an iPad but I have a feeling Apple will release a minor update sooner than a year - that will include TouchID.

    My second disappointment is that the Mini has shot up by £50 which has made the Air look like a better contender. The Mini is the perfect size for carrying around at work but £319 (starting point) seems steep. Plus another £100 just to have mobile coverage - does it really cost that much to put a mobile chip in the device?
  11. Zcott macrumors 68020

    Oct 18, 2009
    Belfast, Ireland
    16gb iPad Air for me. Wish we could pre-order :-(
  12. Moria macrumors regular

    May 7, 2005
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Anyone know when the new iPads will be available to try out in the Apple Stores?
  13. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    As a mini owner I was hell-bent on getting the new retina mini. However, after drawing out the dimensions of the iPad Air on a piece of paper, I'm now in two minds.

    I may get the Air and compare size/weight to my existing mini, and if not happy then return it within 14 days and get the new mini.
  14. dlondon macrumors 6502

    Sep 6, 2013
    Apple don't usually have the items on display until officially launched. They've removed the current 'new' iPad from their online store. I can't imagine they'd do that in store though as that would just leave the iPad 2 and the iPad Mini for sale for the next week or so.
  15. RossMc macrumors 65816


    Apr 30, 2010
    Newcastle, UK
    On the day of release I'd imagine.

    I'll be getting a 64GB Space Grey Air.

    Ordering online as I'll more than likely be at work on the Friday.
  16. merrickdrfc macrumors 6502


    Jan 8, 2011
    Probably going to try getting an iPad Air from KRCS on day 1. Was dead set on a mini retina, but given the weight and dimension improvements, I'm more persuaded to go with the bigger display now
  17. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

    Oct 15, 2008
    I'll be getting the 16GB WiFi iPad Air

    Just not sure on colour.

    Love my white iPhone, but that Space Gray looks tempting...
  18. cal6n macrumors 68000


    Jul 25, 2004
    Gloucester, UK
    I'm planning getting a 64 GB space grey Wifi only. Unsure of whether it'll be a Mini Retina or an Air, though, but I'm leaning towards the Air. Either way, I've got a Sainsburys £100 gift card to use, so I'll be waiting on them.
  19. gs28 macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2013
    Predictions for online orders dispatch dates? :)
  20. richardmu macrumors 6502a

    Oct 10, 2007
    Bristol, UK
    Do you know for certain that Apple retail stores will still have their 14 days 'open box' policy for the new iPads?

    It's nice to be able to try them out for a week or so then return them no questions asked if you decide not to keep. I beleive no other retailer does that.
  21. roken macrumors regular


    Apr 14, 2010
    I'd assume delivery on the Monday after release, or very shortly thereafter.
  22. Tim7 macrumors 6502


    Dec 18, 2009
    Gravesend, Kent, UK
    I will be upgrading from iPad 3 to iPad Air 32GB. What are my chances of being able to go into Bluewater store on launch day and buy one? Will I need to queue from early in the morning?
  23. zombierunner macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2011
    Guys, does anyone know if both the new iPads have the same ram and how much ram exactly. Can't help but think the airs probably got more ram than the rMini .. Hoping they both have same

    Looking to get 32gb retina ipad mini cellular probably from a 4g network provider
  24. THFourteen macrumors 6502a


    Apr 8, 2010
    Nope, nobody knows what the RAM is at the moment.

    We aren't even sure that the A7 chips in the air/mini/iphone are all clocked at the same speed.
  25. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

    Oct 15, 2008
    I hope you are right.

    If it's like the iPhone 5s launch however, the first online orders won't arrive till Mid November at the earliest.

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