The iPad Mini is finally here. After several years of development and constant criticism from the late, great Steve Jobs, it appears that Apple is finally ready to truly own the tablet market. And while it is more expensive than competing tablets from Amazon, ASUS, Samsung and many others in similar sizes, it is the overall experience and ecosystem that Apple is pushing with the iPad Mini.
- Dislpay: 7.9-inch 1,024 x 768 display
- Processor: A5 processor (dual-core)
- Battery Life: 10 hours
- Storage: 16 GB/32 GB/64 GB
- FaceTime HD Front-side camera + 5-megapixel iSight rear-facing camera
- LTE + Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
- Lightning connector
- Availability: Pre-order iPad mini this Friday, October 26th with shipping occurring on November 2nd (Wi-Fi model only).
- Pricing: See below
The iPad Mini is 7.2mm thin (23% thinner than 10-inch iPad) and weighs just 0.68lbs. Color options are matte black and un-colored aluminum. The construction process (and ending result) is similar to the iPhone 5 as you can see.
4th Gen 10-Inch iPad
While the iPad Mini was today’s white knight, Apple didn’t leave out the larger iPad from the fun. It too has been updated with a faster A6X processor with 2x faster CPU and GPU performance as well as the new lightning connector.
The FaceTime HD 720p camera has received some attention as has the iPad’s LTE support. Apple says it is “greatly expanded” meaning more carriers will be able to join in on the fun. For those of you not into the whole cellular tablet thing, the 4th-gen iPad’s Wi-Fi performance is reportedly 2x as fast as well.
For accessory junkies, Apple is introducing four new cables today, too. The include Lightning to USB, SD card, HDMI out and VGA out.