All iPads What's the difference between iPad Air and Retina iPad Mini besides screen size?

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  1. Virgo macrumors 6502

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    I was comparing the specs on the apple site and they appear to have the same processors, camera, everything else... I was set on getting an iPad air 32 gigabyte but maybe I'll just save $100 and get the mini version! Is anything else different besides screen size?
     
  2. Brittany246 macrumors 6502a

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    The number of pixels per inch. The iPad Air has 264 ppi and the iPad Mini with retina has 326 ppi.
     
  3. Macalway macrumors 68000

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    Weight and pixel density

    Pocketability ? If there is such a thing
     
  4. dcpmark macrumors 6502a

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    One other difference: you'll have to wait a few weeks longer if you want the Mini....:)
     
  5. Icaras macrumors 603

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    I'm in the same boat as you OP. We have until next Friday to figure this out lol.
     
  6. solaris macrumors 6502a

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    - Physical size
    - Weight
    - Pixel density
    - Price
    - Availability
     
  7. Macalway macrumors 68000

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    Yes right, I forgot that :D

    The most important difference
     
  8. herdnerfer macrumors 6502

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    Nothing

    That's about it. I guess they figure people will pay a premium for a larger screen, but I myself after having used a mini, find no reason for the iPad air to exist at all.
     
  9. Z3man macrumors 6502a

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    Both have 1GB.
     
  10. pikachu2k7 macrumors regular

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    The difference is so small that I think the mini will be a popular choice because of the $100 discount over the iPad air and it's pretty neat.
     
  11. freediverdude macrumors 6502a

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    Yea it really is pretty much just the screen size. Is the Air considered retina at that pixel density? Is that the same density as the iPad 4?
     
  12. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    We still don't know the clock speeds of the processors in the mini and the Air. So we'll have to wait till next week to find that out.
     
  13. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    Yes and yes.
     
  14. TB07-NJ macrumors 68020

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    Actually it's called IRIS or PUPIL or VITREOUS HUMOUR.
     
  15. BigBeast macrumors 6502a

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    Nice :)
     
  16. seong macrumors 65816

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    Damn that vitreous humor is a good one :)
     
  17. Virgo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I feel like I will have to hold both in my hands to really decide. Then again, the iPad Mini Retina won't be available until later in the month.. so I have a feeling I might be going with the Air.
     
  18. Buckster macrumors newbie

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    do we know if they both have the same amount of RAM ?
     
  19. Sym0 macrumors 6502

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    From a real world perspective, nothing.
     
  20. preyan macrumors 6502

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    I agree. There's no new OOMPH function. Like the Air launching with fingerprint sensor and the mini doesn't etc. Retina display has been around for a long time so the mini getting it was an eventuality :rolleyes:

    :apple: seems to be like a follower these days :rolleyes:
    It's really sad actually :(
     
  21. AppleRobert macrumors 603

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    To be able to get a larger screen with a slimmer and lighter profile is big. I am going to try the Air on the 1st and even though I'm so use to the Mini I own now, I think it will be love at first try!
     
  22. Rogifan macrumors P6

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    I'm glad Apple's finally making them the same. Why should customers be penalized for wanting a smaller screen? If they needed to be differentiated then Apple should've done something to make iPad Air a Pro device, and to me fingerprint sensor isn't "pro" anything.

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    What would be the reason for them being different?
     
  23. mikeoui macrumors regular

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    Is this confirmed? Apple doesn't list RAM on its site (nor was it revealed in the keynote) and neither has been released so I don't see how this could be confirmed.
     
  24. chrf097 macrumors 68040

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    I hope that the only difference is screen size.

    I honestly prefer the size of the mini over the regular iPad, but the reason I didn't get a mini is because of the low specifications compared to the iPad 4. I just decided not to get an iPad at all because the iPad 4 was too large and heavy for my preference, and the original mini I knew would be dropped very soon.

    I'm fine if they maybe limit clock speed a little, or many not as much ram, but I'm glad it's still A7 and retina.
     

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