Admittedly, a Retina display was the one tech spec that caused me to hold out for an entire year for the second-generation of the mini.
But if we're really being honest, the price point was the make-or-break factor. That isn't to say the new iPad mini unveiled with its long-awaited Retina display doesn't justify the $399 price tag. (That debate could warrant an entirely separate article.)
After tracking iPad mini rumors and supply chain reports for 12 months now -- not to mention stalking the list of refurbished models available via Apple's online store just in case something caught my eye -- I wasn't entirely convinced that I should shell out $400 for a 7.9-inch tablet.
And if hasn't come across already, I've become entirely impatient waiting around for it either.
One difference in detail between the iPad Air and iPad mini availability notes struck me as a tad odd. The iPad Air, which Apple senior vice president Phil Schiller remarked had taken years in the making to produce, is already to go next Friday, November 1.
However, the iPad mini doesn't have a definite ship date yet, only labeled as "coming later in November."
I have never waited in line for an Apple launch day -- or any retail-related event as I hate shopping in stores, amid crowds no less, like the plague. I'll admit I was completely willing to do so if the launch was in the next week or so.
Given that Apple has not pinned down a date in the calendar yet, I can't help but be suspicious that all of those reports about supply chain delays and more are at least somewhat true -- meaning the iPad mini could be delayed even longer for all we know.
Immediately as the event concluded, I began to ponder my other options. My heart has already been set on the form factor of the iPad mini for awhile, and combined with my aforementioned budget concerns, I mentally crossed off the iPad Air from the list. (Not to mention that aside from the new display as well as the A7 processor, the rest of the device is pretty much the same as before.)
Thus, that brought be back to the original iPad mini. A brand new copy starts at $299, which is a fair deal considering the price before this morning was $329.
But that's when I decided to give the refurbished list another look.