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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. buttamix's Avatar
      buttamix -
      i like it.
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      I'd buy an iPad 3 over this
    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      Quote Originally Posted by dsg View Post
      I'd buy an iPad 3 over this
      And I an iPad 4.
    1. macsrock's Avatar
      macsrock -
      This seems like the perfect sized device between an iPhone 5 and a MacBook (air or pro). I've always thought the regular iPad is too big. Couldn't hold it with one hand and read it. I don't know why people are so worried that it's $70 over what they expected. Just pack your lunch for a week instead of buying it and you're set
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      Quote Originally Posted by macsrock View Post
      This seems like the perfect sized device between an iPhone 5 and a MacBook (air or pro). I've always thought the regular iPad is too big. Couldn't hold it with one hand and read it. I don't know why people are so worried that it's $70 over what they expected. Just pack your lunch for a week instead of buying it and you're set
      you must have small hands
    1. macsrock's Avatar
      macsrock -
      Furthermore the Nexus seven is also a perfect size however it doesn't work with AppleTV or my MacBook or my iPhone.

      Quote Originally Posted by dsg View Post
      you must have small hands
      Uh no.
    1. Woejangles's Avatar
      Woejangles -
      A5 processor huh? Boo
    1. cmay227's Avatar
      cmay227 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Smeggy1234 View Post
      Naw your just cheap lol, for what your getting for the price it's pretty damn unbelievable

      Enjoy your ****** tablets then while we enjoy our ipad
      No.... What your getting for the price on a nexus 7 is pretty unbelievable. Your just getting screwed for 329 here. also why are you ibots not talking **** about a new ipad when the last one is only 6 mts old? That's a big trash talking point you ibots like to throw at Samsung users. where you at now? I guess now that apple is doing it in 6 mts compared to Samsung 11 mts it's cool!
    1. Jlanep's Avatar
      Jlanep -
      I like it! I figured the price would be 300-350 that doesn't surprise me at all. Look at the ipod..
    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmay227 View Post
      No.... What your getting for the price on a nexus 7 is pretty unbelievable. Your just getting screwed for 329 here. also why are you ibots not talking **** about a new ipad when the last one is only 6 mts old? That's a big trash talking point you ibots like to throw at Samsung users. where you at now? I guess now that apple is doing it in 6 mts compared to Samsung 11 mts it's cool!
      11 months? Where are you pulling your numbers? Nexus 7 for 200 USD is amazing, but then you have to put into consideration that it's only 8 GB, which is pretty pathetic. So therefore, you have to compare it to the 16 BG Nexus 7 to the 16GB iPad mini. N7 is 250 USD, Mini is 330. 80 dollars more. The specs of the N7 are decent, and without the Mini being released you really can't compare them quite yet. Material wise, the N7 is (cheap) plastic, and the Mini is aluminum. The mini's screen is bigger. Plus the fact that there are already apps in the AppStore already optimized for it is also very good. Not trying to bash the N7, which is a pretty neat device if I may say so myself, but the Mini, in my opinion, blows it out of the water. You get what you pay for.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Meh. Do not want.
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous View Post
      11 months? Where are you pulling your numbers? Nexus 7 for 200 USD is amazing, but then you have to put into consideration that it's only 8 GB, which is pretty pathetic. So therefore, you have to compare it to the 16 BG Nexus 7 to the 16GB iPad mini. N7 is 250 USD, Mini is 330. 80 dollars more. The specs of the N7 are decent, and without the Mini being released you really can't compare them quite yet. Material wise, the N7 is (cheap) plastic, and the Mini is aluminum. The mini's screen is bigger. Plus the fact that there are already apps in the AppStore already optimized for it is also very good. Not trying to bash the N7, which is a pretty neat device if I may say so myself, but the Mini, in my opinion, blows it out of the water. You get what you pay for.
      +1000
    1. GooseG's Avatar
      GooseG -
      Did you guys really think Apple would make it that cheap? Amazon loses money on every Fire. Same with google and the Nexus.
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      I was thinking about to buy one for me and one for my wife, but for $329 ah ah, no way Jose.
    1. allanes5's Avatar
      allanes5 -
      iPad says it ships on Nov 2.
      Does that mean if you pre-prder on Oct 26 you get it on Nov 2 or it leaves Apple's warehouse on Nov 2 ??
    1. cmay227's Avatar
      cmay227 -
      gs July 2010
      gs2 Oct 2011
      gs3 Sept 2012

      13 mts between gs and the gs2, 11 mts between s2 and s3

      your join date may 2012
      todays date Oct 24 2012
      lets say 150 days for a round number. your posts 2345. average 15.95 post a day. NICE.

      I guess the 3g and 3gs were pieces of crap since they were plastic, and the ip4 and 4s were totall garbage cause glass is well....glass.
      and did you mention bigger screen? so now that is a better thing after yrs of apple fan boys making fun of sammys bigger screen and how the iphone was perfect at 3.5? you ibots are sad...bow down to apple you slaves to the machine.
    1. goofball2k's Avatar
      goofball2k -
      Quote Originally Posted by Smeggy1234 View Post
      Naw your just cheap lol, for what your getting for the price it's pretty damn unbelievable

      Enjoy your ****** tablets then while we enjoy our ipad
      How is it pretty damn unbelievable? It's using the same guts mostly as something released in March 2011. Something that they released themselves, not another manufacturer.

      I sure will enjoy my existing ipads that goes alongside with my Nexus, thank you. And my iPhones.

      Gotta love how Apple fans defend their product so vigorously. Take it for what it is, the iPad mini is not setting the bar, imo, in any real way unlike the original iPad did. Repackaging an 18month old product again in a smaller package doesn't seem all that unbelievable to me.
    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmay227 View Post
      gs July 2010
      gs2 Oct 2011
      gs3 Sept 2012

      13 mts between gs and the gs2, 11 mts between s2 and s3

      your join date may 2012
      todays date Oct 24 2012
      lets say 150 days for a round number. your posts 2345. average 15.95 post a day. NICE.

      I guess the 3g and 3gs were pieces of crap since they were plastic, and the ip4 and 4s were totall garbage cause glass is well....glass.
      and did you mention bigger screen? so now that is a better thing after yrs of apple fan boys making fun of sammys bigger screen and how the iphone was perfect at 3.5? you ibots are sad...bow down to apple you slaves to the machine.
      I believe this comment is directed towards me. On the galaxy s devices, I was talking about the android tablets in general and the N7, so I don't know what the galaxy s series has to do with anything. The reason I am dissing plastic is because the use of it "flagship" phones is counter-intuitive. Plastic just feels cheap. Now on the galaxy s phones. They are great phones! No denying that but I would prefer an i5. Screen wise, I felt that the 4s and back all had great sized displays.
    1. gehjl's Avatar
      gehjl -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous View Post
      11 months? Where are you pulling your numbers? Nexus 7 for 200 USD is amazing, but then you have to put into consideration that it's only 8 GB, which is pretty pathetic. So therefore, you have to compare it to the 16 BG Nexus 7 to the 16GB iPad mini. N7 is 250 USD, Mini is 330. 80 dollars more. The specs of the N7 are decent, and without the Mini being released you really can't compare them quite yet. Material wise, the N7 is (cheap) plastic, and the Mini is aluminum. The mini's screen is bigger. Plus the fact that there are already apps in the AppStore already optimized for it is also very good. Not trying to bash the N7, which is a pretty neat device if I may say so myself, but the Mini, in my opinion, blows it out of the water. You get what you pay for.
      I'd say the specs are a bit more than "decent". For 250, you get a quad core processor with Tegra 3, and tegra optimized games look awesome for a tablet game, GPS and which you can download maps to the tablet just in case you can't find wifi, 16gb, NFC, a better screen, and Android 4.1 with Google Now. And Google is planning on dropping the 8gb with rumours saying the 16gb will be 199 and 32gb 249. So do go on and tell me how your iPad mini blows it out of the water...
    1. jasvncnt10's Avatar
      jasvncnt10 -
      Im not sure why people complain about android phones being plastic. I always put a case on any all my phones so I dont really care what its made of