Wow, I never realized how big a difference 0.1 lb makes
I'm at the Apple Store right now checking out the weight of the Mini to see what I can expect when the Retina model comes out. I thin moved over to the full sized iPads and decided to test the weight difference of the iPad 2 vs the iPad 4.
The iPad 2 comes out at 1.33 lbs. and the iPad 4 at 1.44.
Holding both of them together, the difference is really noticeable. I was really set for the Mini Retina, but when I heard the iPad Air was only 1 lb., it made the decision much harder. I thought "ehh, there's only a .3 lb difference between the two" but come to think of it, that's also the difference between an iPad Air vs. an iPad 2... in other words, it's significant.
A couple days ago I convinced myself to go for a Mini Retina, but still a bit tempted to go for an iPad Air instead considering how much weight it's lost. But now, realizing just how much of a difference even .1 lb makes, I'm much more certain I'll be getting a rMini instead. I'll miss the screen real estate, but man, I'm very excited to have a MUCH lighter iPad than I'm used to.
Retina Mini, here I come!