So as expectedly Apple announced iPad Mini today in a special event in San Jose that also saw the launch of 4th generation iPad, next generation iMac and 13″ MacBook Pro with retina display along with few other announcements.
First thing first. Let’s find out more about the new ‘mini’ in the tablet arena, the iPad Mini. Talking on stage, Phil Schiller explains that this “isn’t just a shrunken-down iPad, it’s an entirely new design.” So what is so new about the iPad Mini?
iPad mini sizez upto 7.9″ and has a 1024 x 768 resolution like in iPad 2. An all-new 7.2mm-thick aluminum shell ensures the mini is 53 percent lighter and 23 percent thinner than the newly announced 4th gen iPad. Finding the way inside is a dual-core Apple A5 processor, optional LTE, a 5-megapixel iSight camera, 802.11n Wi-Fi, the new Lightning connector, and also promises a 10-hour battery life.
Ah, I can hear you but what would be the price of iPad Mini? The base model of iPad mini that would be a 16 GB, Wi-Fi only model is priced at $329. And for every $100 increment you would get the 32GB ($429) and 64GB ($529) variants. LTE models begins at $459 and again a $100 increment as you raise the storage space.
Apple expects to deliver a lethal blow to Amazon Kindle and Google Nexus 7 tablets with their new offering and primarily targets the device for those who basically love to indulge on web browsing and reading on their device.
Available in 2 colors – Black and White, iPad mini is available for pre-order from this Friday, October 26th, and Apple will ship it out on November 2nd.