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iPad mini and iPad 4 Already Jailbroken

While the East Coast was busy picking up the pieces after Hurricane Sandy this weekend, iOS developers MuscleNerd and Chpwn were concentrating on jailbreaking Apple's newly released iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad. The iPad mini was jailbroken by MuscleNerd only 24 hours after its release, and Chpwn announced he had cracked the iPad 4 on Monday. Both devices were released on Friday, November 2.

Fourth Generation iPad Jailbreak

Both the iPad mini and iPad 4 jaibreaks will remain failbreaks until more exploits can be discovered. This means these jailbreaks are not ready for public consumption. However, this proves the iPad 4′s new A6X chip can be jailbroken, and that progress is being made. Hopefully, it's only a matter of time before an untethered iPhone 5, iPad mini and iPad 4 jailbreak is available to the public.

Apple Sold Three Million iPads in Three Days, Wi-Fi + Cellular Models Arriving in a 'Few Weeks'

Apple sold three million fourth generation iPads and iPad minis in just three days since the launch of the two devices. Apple's CEO Tim Cook said Apple "set a new launch weekend record and practically sold out of iPad minis." Cook also noted Apple is working hard to build more iPad minis to "meet the incredible demand."

fourth generation iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular

Apple also announced that the iPad mini with Wi-Fi + Cellular and fourth generation iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular will be available in the US on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon in a "few weeks". The iPad mini will cost $459 for the 16GB model, $559 for the 32GB model and $659 for the 64GB model. The revamped iPad 4 will cost $629 for the 16GB model, $729 for the 32GB model and $829 for the 64GB model. The iPad 2 is currently available for $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $529 for the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model.

iPad Delivery Times Slip as Pre-Orders Sell Out

Not surprisingly Apple's first batch of iPad mini and new iPad models have sold out. Anyone who hasn't already pre-ordered will not receive their tablet on launch day November 2. In fact, ordering an iPad mini on the Apple Store online means a wait of two weeks until the device is available to ship.

iPad mini preorders sell out

The A6X processor iPad with Retina display is also delayed, with shipping times listed at one week. Overall, it took somewhat longer for delivery times to slip when compared to some other Apple device pre-orders including the iPhone 5. Units of Apple's latest smartphone were sold out within hours, resulting in delivery times increasing to weeks on the first day.

Why Does the iPad mini Cost More Than Other 7-Inch Tablets? [Rumor]

Many Apple fans were shocked by the $329 iPad mini price tag. Mostly because analysts predicted Apple would price the new tablet around $250 to $300 in order to compete with the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7. Phil Schiller defended the $329 price claiming shoppers will pay a little more for quality.

"The iPad is far and away the most successful product in its category. The most affordable product we've made so far was $399 and people were choosing that over those devices," Schiller told Reuters

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But why did Apple really price the iPad mini higher than all the other 7-inch Android tablets on the market? According to the DigiTimes, the markup had nothing to do with "quality", but had to do with problems manufacturing the touch screen.

Is the iPad mini Worth Buying?

First time tablet buyers who are wondering if it's worth spending $329 to $659 on Apple's first 7.9-inch iPad, will probably want to consider why they want a tablet in the first place. Amazon kicked off the 7-inch tablet craze by introducing the Kindle Fire in 2011. The Kindle Fire didn't "kill" the iPad as some had predicted, but its decent sales did prove there was a market for smaller affordable devices. Google deciding to launch the $200 Nexus 7 earlier this year is what many believed led Apple to launch the iPad mini. It was widely believed Apple would crush the competition by pricing its own 7-inch iPad to compete with both the newly released Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7, however its steeper $329 price tag and disappointing screen resolution have left some people scratching their heads. But what tablet is the better buy?

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The Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 are glorified eReaders, and I don't mean that as an insult. The tablets are sold at cost to push more content through Google Play and Amazon's App Store. The Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 are geared towards people who want to watch movies or read books on the go, not tech addicts or users looking for a complete tablet experience. Buyers on a budget who are shopping for their first tablet may want to consider sticking with the more affordably priced Android tablets. Buyers who were hoping to get the full Apple experience for a more affordable price may want to consider the iPad mini, or grab an iPad 2 before they disappear. If size is your concern, and not dollars, then the iPad mini is a great choice.

Does the iPad mini Mean the End of the iPad 2?

Is it time to say goodbye to the iPad 2? Rob Cihra, analyst with Evercore Partners thinks so. Cihra told investors Apple will most likely discontinue the second-generation tablet after announcing the iPad mini on October 23.

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According to Cihra, Apple's goal is to offer "clearer product tiers", meaning the iPad mini will replace the iPad 2 as the lower tier entry product of the iPad lineup. If true, Apple will be replacing the $400 iPad 2 with a more affordable $300 to $350 smaller tablet. This has most analysts calling the iPad mini the "competition’s worst nightmare.

Apple Sends Invites to iPad Mini Event

Apple has "a little more" to show us according to invites sent out for an October 23 press event. The company is widely expected to reveal a smaller version of the iPad, as well as 13-inch MacBook Pros with Retina displays. Also rumored is an update to the iMac line, with a redesigned profile.

iPad Mini keynote invite

The event will take place next Tuesday at 10 AM Pacific time at the California Theatre in San Jose. The venue is known as one of the country's best preserved examples of a late 1920s motion picture house, complete with a 1927 Wurlitzer console organ. Previously the event was rumored to be taking place on the Apple campus in Cupertino.

Two More Sources Reaffirm October iPad mini Event

An October iPad mini announcement is looking better and better. The reliable and well-connected Jim Dalrymple confirmed John Paczkowski's earlier rumor which claimed Apple will hold a second fall product event to be held on October 23.

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On Saturday, Reuters became the first major news outlet to reaffirm the October 23rd rumor. In an article titled "Apple to host October 23 event, iPad mini expected", Reuters cites another "source familiar with the matter", who verified Apple will hold an event on October 23, but declined to specify what for.


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