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Apple Macintosh, iPod, iPad and iPhone news and advice in Dublin, Ireland


iPad mini with retina display now available

Apple have started taking orders for the new iPad mini with Retina Display. The new iPad mini with Retina Display can be purchased on the Apple online store, starting at €399.


Here is Apple’s pricing chart, showing the retina models in two types: WiFi only and WiFi plus Cellular data:

WiFi only models:

WiFi and Cellular Data models:


Note that all iPad minis with cellular requires a nano-SIM card.

If you are looking for a cheaper model and are willing to forego the retina screen, you can save about €100. The 16GB non-retina mini (WiFi only) costs €299. A WiFi and cellular model is €419. There are only these two variants for the non-retina display model.

Expect the retina display model to sell out fast- it is getting close to December and we are likely to see shortages as we approach the Christmas buying season.

Looking for an iPad mini for Christmas…?

Looking for an iPad mini in time for Christmas? It’s going to be tricky. Here is a quick run down of your options:
1/ call Apple or one of the main resellers in Ireland- Compu b or Mactivate:
Apple- 1800 92 38 98
Compu b- 1850 66 88 88
Mactivate- (01) 822 4488
Typetec- (01) 500 9000
Arnotts- (01) 805 0569

2/ Other sellers:
Don’t expect great service or knowledge, but here is a list of other Apple product sellers in Ireland. Most don’t answer calls though...
Currys/PC World (no phone number!)
Harvey Normans (no phone number)
HMV (no phone number)
Tesco (yes some stores carry Apple products- call 01-2152922)


Apple launch iPad mini and iPad 4

Apple launched two new iPads today; the brand new iPad mini and a new iPad 4, which is the latest Retina Display iPad.


The new iPad mini has a diagonal screen size of 7.9 inches, and comes with an A5 processor. It is half the weight of the iPad and is 23% thinner. It comes in white or black, and has the same storage range as the larger iPad (16, 32, 64GB). Anyone looking to buy the version which has a SIM-card slot needs to pay special attention to the two variations, which will match different mobile phone carriers. iPad with Retina Display Model A1460 and iPad mini Model A1455 are designed to work with UK carriers (and presumably Irish ones too). Check out Apple’s information page for details.

On the iPad 4, the main difference to its predecessor is speed. It comes with a new A6X chip, but comes in the same storage sizes and with the Retina Display. We don’t see the iPad 4 as a vital upgrade for iPad 3 owners- it is just an improvement for the Christmas market. We also welcome Apple launching this in time for the Christmas buying season, rather than immediately after. It also seems to be that Apple needed to revise the iPad to take advantage of new LTE networks, such as the new EE network coming to the UK.

Both of these new iPad ranges come with the Lightening connector instead of the older dock connector.

On price, the new iPad mini starts at €339 or £269 and they begin taking orders on the 28th October, with the WiFi models arriving on Nov 2nd. Cellular models arrive a few weeks later. .