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"Bottom line...it's complicated" T-Mobile CEO John Legere on the new iPads and Apple SIM

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One of the more interesting features of the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 announced just over a week ago is the carrier-independent "Apple SIM". iPads are no longer locked to a single carrier, and users can switch carriers at any time. So it seemed.

When it comes to carriers nothing is ever simple. Now T-Mobile's CEO John Legere posted a "tweetstorm" to explain the user experience, which of course is very different from one carrier to another.

Here's the info: https://storify.com/jbrodkin/john-legere-tweetstorm-on-apple-sim-lockin

The new iPad lineup: Our rundown of what is and will be available

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Apple announced plenty of product updates today — you can watch the presentation online if you want, or see the tech specs for both the iPad Air and the iPad mini. (Note for those with OCD: "Air" is capitalized, "mini" is not.)

Apple has a clear but lengthy comparison of models online. Here's our summary:

Spec iPad Air iPad mini retina display iPad 2 iPad mini
CPU A7+M7 motion A7+M7 motion A5 A5
Weight 1.0 lb 0.73 lb 1.33 lbs 0.69 lb
Dimentions 6.6 x 9.4 x 0.29 in 5.3 x 7.87 x 0.29 in 7.31 x 9.5 x 0.34 in 5.3 x 7.87 x 0.29 in
Display 9.7 in 7.9 in 9.7 in 7.9 in
Resolution 2048 x 1536 px 2048 x 1536 px 1024 x 768 px 1024 x 768 px
Battery 10 hours 10 hours 10 hours 10 hours
WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n + MIMO 802.11a/b/g/n + MIMO 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
GPS Cellular model only Cellular model only Cellular model only Cellular model only
Connector Lightning Lightning 30-pin Lightning
Colors Space Gray, Silver Space Gray, Silver Black, White Black, White
Availability November 1 Later in November Now Now
Models 16 GB WiFi: $499 16 GB WiFi: $399 16 GB WiFi: $399 16 GB WiFi: $299
  32 GB WiFi: $599 32 GB WiFi: $499 16 GB WiFi+3G: $529 16 GB WiFi+3G: $429
  64 GB WiFi: $699 64 GB WiFi: $599    
  128 GB WiFi: $799 128 GB WiFi: $699    
  16 GB WiFi+Cellular: $629 16 GB WiFi+Cellular: $529    
  32 GB WiFi+Cellular: $729 32 GB WiFi+Cellular: $629    
  64 GB WiFi+Cellular: $829 64 GB WiFi+Cellular: $729    
  128 GB WiFi+Cellular: $929 128 GB WiFi+Cellular: $829    

Note none of the iPads have Touch ID, the fingerprint reader. And none are available in gold. Get an iPhone.

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