Apple is soon to release the iPad Air and iPad Mini Retina display which features solid improvements compared to its predecessors. If are planning to purchase the newest generation, consider these five factors to help your budget and get the right timing on the best price.
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iOS 7 Support Enabled
iPad 2, 3rd and 4th generation support iOS 7 and it can access most of the features from the newest OS version. The UI may be looks weird to most users due a full redesigned but if you are an avid fan, it won't matter. Your current iPad or iPad mini can still enjoy the following iOS 7 features:
- Integration of Apple's wireless sharing with AirDrop for iPad 4 and iPad Mini.
- Improvements on the App Store such as more search options, Near Me, automatic app updates and more.
- New camera interface, new square photo mode and nine live photo filters.
- Updated Control Centre with swipe up gesture, access to lots of toggles and shortcuts.
- Enhancements on the Music and iTunes Radio app.
- iOS in the Car with Siri integration.
You can wait a little longer till promos are out from your network carrier or local retail shops before buying the new generation iOS devices.
Possible Long Line
You are not the only Apple fan which means expect a long line once the devices are out for selling. Checking online retailers may also give you an advantage but shipment could take some time. Ask your network carrier as well if there are any possible deals to upgrade your current iPad or iPad mini without being charged too much.
Initial Price Tag
Initial release price may be steep for your budget with iPad Air starting at $499 and iPad Mini Retina at $399. It may not be practical to buy such expensive devices with the expected holiday inventory promo coming soon, Android and Windows 8 tablets populating the market and the long lines you'll have to suffer on the way.
The Holiday Inventory Sale
If you push the iPad Air or iPad Mini Retina on your budget, be patient and wait till the holiday inventory sale approaches your area. Network carriers and local retailers will do everything to sell new Apple products like hotcakes using attractive discounts, freebies and more. Apple is not limiting their supply so waiting won't hurt plus, discounts provided by the holidays could get you an accessory or two for free.
2014 New Year Promo
Christmas isn't the only source of discounts and freebies, network carriers may begin New Year Eve or first week of January promo for the 2014 special. iPad Air and iPad Mini Retina prospective buyers may get special treatment on their billing statement, additional data plans at lower cost, free items and more.
It is exciting to get these new Apple products get tested against Android and Windows tablets but interested buyers shouldn't be compulsive on buying them immediately for Apple isn't going to replace them within a few months.
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