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iPad mini is officially announced

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iPad mini is officially announced
Just as we expected, after all the leaks and speculations, Apple officially unveiled the iPad mini at today's press event. And exactly as the name suggests, the tablet is a thinner, lighter variant of the iPad as we know it, with a smaller screen and form factor that makes it even more portable than its larger sibling. Care to learn more about it? Then here is what you need to know about the new iPad mini: 

For starters, it looks exactly like the device the rumor mill has been throwing at us for weeks. In fact, the device is portable enough to be held with a single hand. But it isn't just a shrunken down iPad, as Apple claims. What we have on our hands is a 7.2-millimeter thick (or shall we say thin?) tablet weighing only 0.68 lbs or 308 grams. In comparison to the fourth-gen iPad, the mini is 53% lighter. 

The iPad mini is here
The iPad mini is here
The iPad mini is here

The iPad mini is here



The screen on the iPad mini measures 7.9 inches in diagonal, which is close enough to what we were expecting. Its resolution is 1024 by 768 pixels - just like what we had on the iPad 2, so all the software made for the iPad will be easily adaptable for use on the iPad mini. However, thanks to its 4:3 aspect ratio, the iPad mini is actually superior to other 7-inch tablets on the market, according to Apple. That is due to the more surface area available on the device's screen, which should result in a richer web browsing experience.

Apple sticks to the 4 by 3 display aspect ratio with the iPad mini
Apple sticks to the 4 by 3 display aspect ratio with the iPad mini
Apple sticks to the 4 by 3 display aspect ratio with the iPad mini

Apple sticks to the 4 by 3 display aspect ratio with the iPad mini



The iPad mini sports an Apple A5 chip

The iPad mini sports an Apple A5 chip

Wondering what's under the hood? First and foremost, the brain of the iPad mini is Apple's dual-core A5 SoC, which also powered the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S. On its back resides a 5-megapixel iSight camera, which is supposedly identical to the one on the third-gen iPad in terms of quality. Not to be forgotten is the front-facing snapper, which allows FaceTime videos in 720p. Add to all that the availability of an LTE variant and we get a tablet that you can take anywhere you'd like, all the while remaining constantly connected to the web. The icing on the cake is the 10-hour battery life that you can expect to get with an iPad mini.

And as far as pricing is concerned, the iPad mini is the most affordable iPad Apple has released so far. The 16GB model will retail for $329, either in black or white, while the 32GB and the 64GB variants will set you back $429 and $529 respectively. If LTE is a must, add another $130 to the equation. Pre-orders will start on October 26, with the Wi-Fi-only iPad mini models scheduled to start shipping on November 2.

The iPad mini starts at $329, pre-orders start on October 26
The iPad mini starts at $329, pre-orders start on October 26

The iPad mini starts at $329, pre-orders start on October 26" 


source: Apple; images courtesy of PCMAG




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posted on 23 Oct 2012, 12:57 17

1. tahnik (Posts: 188; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


What the hell is Apple doing?

Why did they announce iPad 4 now!!!!!!

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 13:01 13

3. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


one word P R E S S U R E

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 13:03 7

7. theoak (Posts: 324; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


iPad 4 Gen is indeed impressive. A6X processor ... stereo speakers ... 720P front camera.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 13:06 8

9. tahnik (Posts: 188; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


You have been successfully brainwashed...
MAN,They just announced the new iPad last march...
What the heck are they doing....

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 13:09 11

12. theoak (Posts: 324; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Really?

Android phones get released ... like ... weekly ... with improvements here and there along the way ... and yet Apple cannot release a new product 6 months later?

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 13:13 5

13. tahnik (Posts: 188; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


People buys Apple because of their Device's Expectations....
If they continue to release so early like this people will start to feel boring...

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 14:55 2

61. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


true fandroids are boring.. because of that

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 05:31

77. winsaki234 (Posts: 63; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


But Android is getting better and better in every update and new phones.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 13:19 4

18. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


According to many in here apple does not do that. And its why their products are a must get...

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 13:21 6

21. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1323; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Well let's not compare apples to oranges, in this case apples to androids. There are a dozen Android manufacturers, each producing a new product at any one time.

Also, I don't think people are upset over Apple releasing a new product 6 months later, but rather the fact that the hardware in the iPad 4 should've been released in the first place with the iPad 3. It looks an awful lot like they are just trying to make money instead of just making a good product that people will enjoy for some time. People are paying $500 for these things. I can pay $200 for a tablet that has a quad-core processor that will probably last me for the next 2 years, if not more.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 15:15

64. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 489; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


You can't enjoy Apple products because of their price? I think there are a lot of people out there do enjoy what Apple has offer to the public and willing to pay its price. In Apple's theory, newest hardware is not necessary to the iOS. Can you flip to the other way and say all Android products run too fast with all these NEWest hardwares without much optimizations of their own software? (I use a Galaxy Nexus and enjoy it a lot more than most Android phones out there) Stick with Android buddy and don't worry about Apple too much =)

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 17:32

71. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


Awesome post full of useless info no one will listen to. People will instead go out, and buy what they want be it android apple, or windows. More people will follow my idea than yours.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 20:47

74. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1323; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I was not saying that people can't enjoy Apple products because of their price. People can enjoy a $5000 flat screen television, but it doesn't mean there isn't a $2000 flat screen television with the same features at a more comparable price. That is the difference. You are paying $120 more for a product that has comparable or even worse features than something for a lot less. I'm not saying people cannot enjoy said product, but I'm saying that you can get a similar product for a lot less.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 14:38

57. p0rkguy (Posts: 685; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


Please don't be stupid.
An operating system isn't the same as a company.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 19:43

73. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1719; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Android does not release weekly, dozens of OEMs do with all different looks, sizes and specs. So to answer your question, no, no they cannot.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 14:28 2

50. p0rkguy (Posts: 685; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


"We saw that people loved the iPhone and when we launched the iPad mini, it was astounding. All the features of an iPad into a light weight hand sized device which great surface area. We thought to ourselves, hey why not put them both together? When we put them together we got the a new revolutionary and remarkable device. We did the impossible, a 5.9" device. Not too big for the hand, not too small for the screen size. A better iPhone, a better iPad mini. We introduce to you, the iPhad."
Or some sh*t like that.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 18:09

72. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


Yaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwn!!!

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 17:16

68. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


A redesign is coming n march.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 13:00 5

2. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Because they are increasingly desperate.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 14:34

52. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


I can only laugh hahahahahhaahhaahahhaha.

Can anyone tell me please what is new in the iPad Mini apart from its size? This is just another piece of s**t which is overpriced and overrated same as its predecessors.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 17:18

69. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


How's that? Other than the fact that u obviously hate apple (which we get from all your other posts) your comment made no sense at all.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 14:34

53. Goldeneye (Posts: 419; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)


As a matter of fact the thin bezel is quite nice, something the Nexus or kindles don't have.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 14:36

55. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Are you going to spend around $500 - $600 for that bezel? come on mate talk something which makes sense.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 15:19 1

65. Goldeneye (Posts: 419; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)


Did I say that I'm gonna buy one? If that's the case is not your business, just don't be a blind fanboy kid, all I said was that the thin bezel is something the other mini tablets lack, jeez!

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 17:20 1

70. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


No but people will spend 329 for a very beautiful well made machine, with a huge Eco system. And a bezel lol

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 13:01 1

4. theoak (Posts: 324; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Wow ... only an A5 processor ... this surprised me.

So does that mean no SIRI?

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 13:36 1

33. tggoulart (Posts: 24; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


it has siri, its on apple site

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 13:02 2

5. tahnik (Posts: 188; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


And look at them....A dual core A5 in the iPad mini...OMGOMGOMG......

Congratulation...Apple is finally DOOMED.....

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 13:03 2

6. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 474; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


Lol running out of time....no innovation at all

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 14:35 1

54. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Not true. Actually Apple has changed the way humanity think about innovation :p lolzzzzzzzzzz

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