As expected based on more rumors than you can shake a stick at, Apple announced the new iPad mini at today’s media event. The smaller tablet features a 7.9-inch display with the same resolution of the 2nd-generation iPad 2 of 1,024 x 768 pixels, which will allow all existing apps that work on the iPad 2 to run without any need for modification on the iPad Mini.
iPad mini is every inch an iPad. With its gorgeous 7.9-inch display, iPad mini features the same number of pixels as the original iPad and iPad 2, so you can run more than 275,000 apps designed specifically for iPad,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPad mini is as thin as a pencil and as light as a pad of paper, yet packs a fast A5 chip, FaceTime HD and 5 megapixel iSight cameras and ultrafast wireless―all while delivering up to 10 hours of battery life.”
The iPad mini is tiny, measuring just 7.2 millimeters thick and weighing .68 pounds. Like its larger sibling, the iPad mini features both front-facing and rear-facing cameras. The front-facing FaceTime HD camera has a 1.2-megapixel sensor and the rear camera has a 5-megapixel sensor and can record 1080p HD video. The iPad mini also has all of the wireless connectivity goodness available in other models with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0, plus 3G and 4G LTE in certain models.
The iPad mini will come in Wi-Fi and Wi-fi + Cellular models in two colors: black/slate and white/silver (just like the iPhone 5). The Wi-Fi models will cost $329, $429, and $529 for the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models, respectively. The Wi-Fi + Cellular models will cost $499, $599, and $699 for the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models, respectively.
Apple also announced the latest version of the iPad mini’s larger sibling, the fourth-generation iPad. The new iPad gets Apple’s own A6X processor and a FaceTime HD front-facing camera.
Both the fourth-generation iPad and the iPad mini will have the new Lightning connector that first debuted with the iPhone 5.
The iPad mini will be available for pre-order starting this Friday, October 26. The fourth-generation iPad and the iPad mini Wi-Fi models will be available starting on November 2. The iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular models will start shipping in December.
That isn’t all Apple announced today. For more, see the following articles over at our sister site MacRumors:
- Apple Announces Lighter, Thinner iMac Models with Fusion Drive
- Apple Introduces 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display
- Apple Introduces New Mac Mini With Faster Processors and Quad-Core Option
- Apple Updates iBooks Author with New Templates and Remote Update Feature
- Apple Announces Updated iBooks App With Continuous Scrolling