The iPad Mini. We’ve long known of its existence, and we’re not just talking rumors and conjecture. As stated many times before, we had a source that saw one in the flesh, even though they weren’t able to snap any pics. But that’s all moot now, since Apple today unveiled the all new iPad Mini, in addition the new iMac and 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina.
The iPad Mini’s screen measures 7.9-inches. Why that size? It’s long been a segment of the market that has been dominated by Amazon with their Kindle Fire (and now Kindle Fire HD), along with a handful of other tablet manufacturers. It has the same resolution as the iPad 2 (1024×768), yet it is just 7.2mm thin, making it 23% thinner than its bigger brothers, and just .68lb, 53% lighter than the iPad. Apple also reduced the size of the bevel, which in turn reduces the overall footprint of the iPad Mini. As a result of this they’ve employed new technology that detects when your fingers are just holding the iPad Mini or actually interacting with it. Wirelessly, Apple says that the new WiFi chips are twice as fast as previous versions of their tablet device thanks to 2.5Ghz and 5Ghz compatiblity, along with something called channel bonding. And yes, it will include support for LTE connectivity, provided you’re willing to pay a premium. Other features include a 5-megapixel camera capable of capturing full HD video, an A5 processor, a 10 hour battery life, and of course Apple’s all new Lightning connector.
The iPad Mini with WiFi and 16GB of storage starts at $329, and will go on sale November 2nd. A few weeks later Apple will begin to sell the LTE version, available via AT&T, Verizon and Sprint starting at $459. Preorders for all iPad Minis begin October 26th (take that MSFT).