Today in Apple history: iPad mini arrives

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The iPad mini made a big splash for such a tiny device.
The iPad mini made a big splash for such a tiny device.
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November 2: Today in Apple history: iPad mini launch brings smaller size and price tag November 2, 2012: The first-generation iPad mini goes on sale, shrinking both the size and the price tag of Apple’s groundbreaking tablet computer.

With a reduced screen size of 7.9 inches — instead of the then-standard 9.7 inches — the iPad mini is the fifth iPad to be released by Apple. Critics hail Apple’s most affordable iPad ever, although some people complain about its lack of a Retina display.

Got a new iPad? Now get the best price for your old one

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Cult of Mac pays real cash — and fast!
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The brand-new 10.2-inch iPad is now available from the Apple Store. If you already have yours, it’s time to make some of your money back by getting rid of your old model.

Cult of Mac offers real cash for any unwanted Apple devices, and we typically pay more than anyone else. What’s more, we make the whole process quick and simple!

This case makes newest iPad Air and iPad mini waterproof

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Catalyst won't let water ruin your iPad.
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Summer might be almost over, but Apple’s newest iPads are ready for the beach — thanks to the ultra-rugged Catalyst case.

Now available for the most recent iPad Air and iPad mini, Catalyst makes your tablet completely waterproof, and keeps out unwanted debris like sand and dust. It can also handle accidental drops.

The best iPad accessories on sale for Prime Day 2019

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You don't want to miss these discounts!
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We’ve brought you the best iPhone accessories on sale for Prime Day — but we didn’t forget about iPad. Whether you need wireless speakers, a sturdy stand, or a do-it-all USB-C hub, we have you covered.

Everything included in this roundup is now available at a deep discount, but it may not last long. Go grab it while you can!

It’s time to sell your old iPad and bag a cheap upgrade

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The screen really is beautiful.
It’s easier than ever to say ‘yes’ to an iPad upgrade.
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There’s never been a better time to upgrade to the latest iPad Pro, with Amazon currently offering big discounts of up to $249 off all models. And you can make yours even more affordable by selling your old iPad today.

Cult of Mac offers real cash for your old Apple devices, and we typically pay more than anyone else. What’s more, the process is incredibly quick and simple, and we will even buy back battered tech in need of repair.

Apple Watch and iPad with LTE head for Xfinity Mobile

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Apple Watch along with several iPad tablets are options for Xfinity Mobile customers.
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In a better-late-than-never scenario, Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile wireless carrier will soon begin offering two recent iPad models along with last year’s Apple Watch. These are the first non-smartphones available from this company, and all have built-in 4G LTE wireless networking.

iPad sales were the hero of Apple’s latest earnings report

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The new iPad Pro is officially a hit!
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Apple surprised Wall Street with a better-than-expected Q2 earnings report this afternoon and one of the biggest factors was the iPad.

With revenues topping $58 billion Q2 (down 5% YoY), Apple is trying to become less reliant on its iPhone business. Services are expected to pick up most of the slack, but this last quarter Apple got some unexpected help from its iPad business that is experiencing a resurgence just at the right time thanks to the new iPad Pro.

Sell your old iPad and bag a bargain upgrade today

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The new camera dumps all over the one in the first-gen iPad Pro.
It’s a great time to upgrade your iPad.
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Amazon and Best Buy are now offering some of the biggest discounts we’ve seen on Apple’s latest iPad Pro lineup. And you can make yours even more affordable by selling your old model when you upgrade.

Cult of Mac offers real cash for your old Apple devices, and we typically pay more than anyone else. What’s more, it’s incredibly quick and simple, and we will even buy back battered tech in need of repair.

2019 iPad mini holds up in brutal bend test

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That’s gotta hurt.
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Apple’s efforts to make the iPad as thin as possible mean that their fragile aluminum frames have been known to bend easily. But the new iPad mini holds up surprisingly well in a brutal bend test.

Unlike its larger siblings, the fifth-generation slate remains perfectly intact when shaped to look like a banana.

UAG brings serious protection to new iPad Air and iPad mini

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The UAG Metropolis iPad case defends this tablet from drops, bumps and blows.
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The Urban Armor Gear Metropolis is line of lightweight but protective folio cases for a range of Apple tablets. As of today, that includes the just-released iPad Air 3 and iPad mini 5.

These cases offer MIL-SPEC drop protection and can securely hold an Apple Pencil. They also function as stands, naturally.