Apple Launches the iPad Mini
Apple introduced the iPad mini, a new iPad design that is 23 percent thinner and 53 percent lighter than the third generation iPad.
The new iPad mini features a 7.9-inch Multi-Touch display, FaceTime HD and iSight cameras, wireless performance and 10 hours of battery life. Apple also announced the fourth generation iPad featuring a 9.7-inch Retina display, new Apple-designed A6X chip, FaceTime HD camera and wireless performance. Both iPad mini and fourth generation iPad come with iOS 6.
iPad mini comes in a new aluminum and glass design that is 7.2 mm thin and weighs 0.68 pounds. The 7.9-inch Multi-Touch display delivers the same iPad experience as other models, in a design that is designed to offer 35 percent more screen real estate than 7-inch tablets and up to 67 percent more usable viewing area when browsing the web, according to Apple.
iPad mini features a front-facing FaceTime HD camera and a 5 megapixel iSight camera on the back with optics for taking still pictures and recording 1080p HD video. The iSight camera includes video image stabilization and both cameras feature backside illumination to let users capture pictures in low light. iPad mini also allows sharing of photos with friends and family using iCloud’s Shared Photo Streams.
iPad mini features dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi support for speeds up to 150 Mbps, which is twice the Wi-Fi performance compared to previous iPad models, according to the company. iPad mini is available in Wi-Fi + Cellular models which feature built-in support for wireless standards, including LTE and DC-HSDPA. iPad mini data plans will be available with no contract so you can sign up and activate service directly from your iPad. The Personal Hotspot feature means you can share a fast cellular data connection via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB with up to five other devices such as MacBook Pro, iPod touch or another iPad.
The new fourth generation iPad features the 9.7-inch Retina display and includes a new Apple-designed A6X chip. Other new features include a FaceTime HD camera, twice the Wi-Fi performance when compared to previous iPad models and support for additional LTE carriers worldwide.
iPad mini and fourth generation iPad both feature support for the Lightning connector that is designed to be smaller, smarter and more durable than the 30-pin connector. Lightning connector accessories are available to support cameras, SD cards and VGA or HDMI digital video. Existing iPad Smart Covers and the iPad Smart Case are compatible with fourth generation iPad, and new polyurethane Smart Covers custom-designed for iPad mini are available in pink, green, blue, light gray, dark gray and red for $39.
Pricing & Availability
iPad mini with Wi-Fi models will be available in black & slate or white & silver on Friday, November 2, for a suggested retail price of $329 (US) for the 16GB model, $429 (US) for the 32GB model and $529 (US) for the 64GB model. The fourth generation iPad with Wi-Fi models will also be available on Friday, November 2, in black or white for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model and $699 (US) for the 64GB model.
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