iPad mini with retina display for sale in the Apple Store

Today in Apple: Retina iPad mini available. Plus: Use the older version of iWork, and Apple attacks Microsoft in the enterprise

iPad Mini With Retina Display Available

Apple's new iPad mini with retina display is now available online in the Apple Store, according to Apple Insider.

While the units just went up for sale minutes ago, it appears Apple is already seeing supply constraints of the Retina mini, as the U.S. store is showing a one to two day shipping estimate for 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi models, while 64GB, 128GB and all Wi-Fi + Cellular versions ship in five to ten days. It is unclear when in-store pickups will be initiated, but for now it does not appear to be an option.

Prices start at $399 for a 16GB Wi-Fi model, $499 for 32GB, $599 for 64GB and $699 for the new 128GB option. Apple's Wi-Fi + Cellular versions start at $529 for the lowest capacity 16GB model and move up in $100 increments, topping out at $829 for 128GB of storage.

More at Apple Insider

The new iPad mini looks like a great device, but I'll stick with my iPad Air. I've found that the iPad Air's larger screen makes reading web pages, comics, and magazines much more pleasant than reading them on the iPad mini.

Use the Older Versions of iWork Apps

If you prefer the older version's of Apple's iWork apps, there's a way you can use them instead of the newer versions, which have less features.

Well, not too much: if you're using the new iWork and you want those missing features just take a look inside your Applications folder (Go>Applications in the Finder menu) and you'll find the old versions of your iWork applications are still installed. You can continue to use them.

This is because the latest free iWork suite is not an upgrade to your existing software but a completely new edition built from the ground up to be 64-bit, so the installation does not take place on top of your original iWork apps.

More at Computerworld

I have Pages and Numbers on my Macs, but I hardly ever use them. There's nothing wrong with them, but I just haven't found much need for them. This is good news though for those who are unhappy that Apple removed many useful features in the newer version of iWork.

Apple Attacks Microsoft in the Enterprise

CNBC is reporting that Apple is making a frontal assault on Microsoft in the enterprise.

Watch out Microsoft and Dell, Apple is coming after your bread and butter.

The tech giant is doing everything from lowering the cost of its devices and giving away its software for free to ramping up security features to woo enterprise customers. And its efforts are working, analysts say.

In fact, Apple has already expanded its presence in businesses significantly in recent years. In North America, 18 percent of employees said they use an Apple device for work, according to Forrester data. Just a few years ago, that number was more in the 3 percent range, Schadler said.

More at CNBC

This makes complete sense, given the amount of money that's at stake. Plus, the more competition there is the better it is for all companies. Microsoft has had it too easy for far too long, so it's good to see Apple finally taking the enterprise seriously. It's a long overdue change.

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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