Published on October 24th, 2012 | by Andrea
The iPad Mini is Official
For months, rumors of an iPad Mini had been on the surface. In a surprising turn of events, Apple launched not just the iPad Mini but also a new fourth generation iPad yesterday. Here is information on iPad Mini features, price and availability. For those interested in finding out how the fourth gen iPad measures up to its predecessor, here’s our iPad 3 vs. iPad 4 comparison.
The iPad Mini is a completely new design that is just 7.2 mm thin and weighs only 0.68 pounds. That makes it 23 percent thinner and 53 percent lighter than the third generation iPad. Philip Schiller, Apple’s Senior VP of Worldwide Marketing illustrates that the “iPad mini is as thin as a pencil and as light as a pad of paper.”
It boasts of a stunning 7.9-inch multi-touch display that features the same number of pixels as the original iPad and iPad 2, thus making images appear just as vividly and allows the user to run iPad apps (that’s more than 275,000 and counting). Compared to other 7-inch tablets, the iPad mini has 35 percent more screen real estate and up to an astonishing 67 percent more viewing area when browsing the web.
iPad Mini also has a front facing FaceTime HD and 5 MP iSight cameras that can take sharp still photos and 1080p HD videos. The iSight camera has video image stabilization and both cameras include backside illumination that produces great photos, even those captured in low light environments.
Its Wi-Fi feature can support up to 150 Mbps, twice the Wi-Fi performance compared to previous iPad models. Plus the Personal Hotspot feature allows users to share fast cellular data connection via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB with up to five other devices.
All these are made possible with the iPad Mini’s dual-core A5 chip that delivers responsive graphics and a fast, fluid multi-touch experience. Worried all the tapping and swiping fun won’t last that long? The iPad mini can last a day with its incredible 10 hours of battery life!
iPad mini with Wi-Fi models will be available in black and slate or white and silver on November 2 for $329, $429 and $529 for the 16 GB, 32 GB and 64GB models respectively. While the iPad mini with Wi-Fi + Cellular will start shipping a couple of weeks after that, and price starts at $459 for the 16GB model.
What’s interesting to note about this new product is that Apple made the bezels on the iPad Mini smaller than its 9.7 inch counterpart so that it can be conveniently held in one hand. Apple also modified the iOS to ignore accidental touches on the screen. Though this remains to be seen, we think this consideration will make a big difference in the 7-inch tablet competition.
They say that the iPad Mini is still every inch an iPad… of course only the users can tell once it’s actually out in the shops. Meantime, what do you think about the iPad Mini? Is it worth its price tag? Are you keeping or ditching your current tablet to get an iPad Mini? We’re eager to know your thoughts.