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  • Meet Apple's New 'iPad Mini'


    As universally expected today, Apple unveiled the iPad mini just moments after the curtain was similarly raised for the 4th generation iPad.

    Consistent with the rumor mill this summer, the iPad mini is a pint-sized powerhouse of an Apple tablet that delivers a 7.9" display and is just 7.2mm thin. The price, however, is a bit higher than some had hoped. The new iPad mini starts at $329 for the Wi-Fi only, 16 GB model. The cellular version starts at $459.

    The iPad mini is less than half the weight of the last iPad and weighs just 0.68 pounds with its pencil-thin frame. As expected, the iPad mini comes in both black and white.

    The iPad mini packs an A5 chip, the much-desired FaceTime HD camera, 5-megapixel iSight camera, LTE connectivity and super speedy Wi-Fi. Per the new Apple playbook of installed features, the iPad mini comes with the Lightning connector and even matches the 10-hour battery life of the 4th generation iPad announced just moments ago.

    Preorders for the iPad mini start this Friday with WiFi versions shipping first.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Meet Apple's New 'iPad Mini' started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 73 Comments
    1. TT KH's Avatar
      TT KH -
      Not really sure about the ipad mini though.
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      I'm surprised at how many people doubted the iPad mini would be announced today... Rumors they all said... Well here it is... The rumor mill was right...
    1. rickuk's Avatar
      rickuk -
      Can't justify a full sized iPad, don't think I'd use it enough, the price of the iPad mini is ideal and a smart move allowing it to run all the iPad 2 apps without scaling. Roll on Friday
    1. goofball2k's Avatar
      goofball2k -
      Damn price is out of my comfort zone but typical of Apple. Nexus 7 sort of set the bar for small tablets, imo. Or at least, I had hoped.
    1. kidujp's Avatar
      kidujp -
      I was planning on upgrading from my old kindle fire this holiday season. I was pretty sure I would've upgraded to an ipad mini if it was a better resolution than the 1074x768. Now I'm not so sure. The $329 price doesn't really help it's case either.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      I guess we are all going to be skeptics of it as most of us have owned all three already. Now we have a 4th gen and a mini. The 4th gen has the same A6X chip that the 3rd gen has..? I didn't buy the retina display iPad i own the iPad 2 and didn't see the reason to buy it. Glad i waited, now at least i can reduce the size if i choose. Can't wait to see and test one :]
    1. goofball2k's Avatar
      goofball2k -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      I guess we are all going to be skeptics of it as most of us have owned all three already. Now we have a 4th gen and a mini. The 4th gen has the same A6X chip that the 3rd gen has..? I didn't buy the retina display iPad i own the iPad 2 and didn't see the reason to buy it. Glad i waited, now at least i can reduce the size if i choose. Can't wait to see and test one :]
      I think the A6 is from the iphone 5, not the 3rd gen ipad.
    1. cpotoso's Avatar
      cpotoso -
      Faster chip? Interesting, but not a dealmaker. The ipad line may be hitting the point where older ones are just good enough for 99% of the users (ipad2 still feels snappy, don't see the need to get something newer, especially since my eyes can't see the pixels anymore!). I think that apple needs to focus on new useful features (better audio, e.g., stereo speakers rather than the puny mono one that even points in the wrong direction). The ipad mini is a nice entry, but the price point seems out of touch with the current reality (which is that android devices have proven to be good enough). They should have kept it under $300. Besides, the price to add 3G is absurd! (and without 3G you do not get GPS, a NECESSARY feature which Nexus 7 has in the WiFi device).
    1. qbnucca's Avatar
      qbnucca -
      I've have the iPad 2 and 3 and would like a mini for school because if it's size, but $329 that's a deal breaker. What was said earlir is true they should be working on a new speaker system, the iPad 3 speaker isn't even as good as the iPad 2. They also should've realeased a game controller, I don't think people have complained enough that android tablets can use controllers but the iPad can't this is unacceptable. Siri still needs a better update, and so does ios6 maps. Steve jobs is surely missed because I'm sure there would've been more innovation with today's event.
    1. PokemonDesigner's Avatar
      PokemonDesigner -
      I'm going to wait until next year and grab myself the iPad mini 2 and iPhone 5s at the same time (if they make either of these devices and give the mini 2 a retina).
    1. kickerman65's Avatar
      kickerman65 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      I guess we are all going to be skeptics of it as most of us have owned all three already. Now we have a 4th gen and a mini. The 4th gen has the same A6X chip that the 3rd gen has..? I didn't buy the retina display iPad i own the iPad 2 and didn't see the reason to buy it. Glad i waited, now at least i can reduce the size if i choose. Can't wait to see and test one :]
      Tech specs from apple's site says it has the A5 processor. I thought it was supposed to have the A6? Im confused
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      I guess I'll pre-order mine...crap!
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      Quote Originally Posted by kickerman65 View Post
      Tech specs from apple's site says it has the A5 processor. I thought it was supposed to have the A6? Im confused
      4th gen ipad gets a6x. iPad mini gets a5



      Also I'm blown away at how many people were surprised at the price tag. Lol. Did everyone really think the iPad mini would be cheaper than the new iPod touch???
    1. dennisdionisio's Avatar
      dennisdionisio -
      Might give it a try.
    1. ikesmasher's Avatar
      ikesmasher -
      75 bucks cheaper woulda been great. guess it was too much to ask for, its not really gonna compete with the Kindle Fire at that price.
    1. captainmccool's Avatar
      captainmccool -
      Man, that's really too bad. I really thought it'd be $250 or at LEAST (EDIT!) under $300. I may be going with the Fire HD. Also...on Apple's site, the 2nd gen iPad is still $399 and this new "4th gen" iPad is $499...where is the 3rd gen iPad?

      I feel like all of these models are letting apple get away with some shady pricing.
    1. kickerman65's Avatar
      kickerman65 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dennisdionisio View Post
      Might give it a try.
      Ok now im even more confused. Is there two new ipads being released? A mini and a regular sized 4th gen?
      And the mini is cheaper, its $329.
    1. Borsato92's Avatar
      Borsato92 -
      Quote Originally Posted by kickerman65 View Post
      Tech specs from apple's site says it has the A5 processor. I thought it was supposed to have the A6? Im confused
      A5 = iPhone 4S, iPod Touch 5G, iPad 2, iPad Mini
      A5X = iPad 3
      A6 = iPhone 5
      A6X = iPad 4
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      Quote Originally Posted by captainmccool View Post
      Man, that's really too bad. I really thought it'd be $250 or at LEAST under $200. I may be going with the Fire HD. Also...on Apple's site, the 2nd gen iPad is still $399 and this new "4th gen" iPad is $499...where is the 3rd gen iPad?

      I feel like all of these models are letting apple get away with some shady pricing.
      Wtf you thought it was going to be 200?? Lmao this blows my mind that people thought the price was goin to be lower than iPod touches lol.
    1. guccipaul's Avatar
      guccipaul -
      To expensive completely missed the point of a smaller tablet price and functionality