Apple iPad mini and iPad 4 official; Specs, Price, Release Date
Apple has finally lifted the cover of most anticipated iPad mini. The device was unveiled at the Apple event. The iPad mini is smaller than the 4th generation iPad (it is another surprise at the event) that will compete head to head with other 7 inch Android tablets out there. The tablet is pretty sleek and thin, will be available in two colors, black and white.
The iPad mini has a 7.2mm body, 23% smaller than the iPad 3 and weighs .68 lbs. “It’s as thin as a pencil,” Apple’s Phil Schiller said. Apple will offer a full set of smart covers for the iPad mini.
The new iPad mini features a 7.9-inch display with 768 x 1024 pixels, FaceTime HD camera, 5MP iSight camera, Lightning port, and 10-hour battery life. The new iPad mini is powered by a an A5 processor and comes with LTE support.
The device also has 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. Apple promised 10 hours of battery life. The iPad mini will support all the apps ready for the iPad 2 right out of the box.
Apple’s Phil Schiller didn’t forget to compare the device with Google’s Nexus 7, and criticized its rivals for using plastic materials, only making the screen 7 inches. He said that “There is a gigantic difference in these products,”. “They have phone applications stretched up, not tablet applications.” Schiller also claimed that “It is every inch an iPad,”.
The iPad mini will be available in 16, 32 and 64GB models. The pricing starts at $329 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version. $429 for 32GB Wi-Fi model, while the 64GB iPad mini will cost you$529. WiFi plus cellular versions are priced at $459 for 16GB, $559 for 32GB, and $659 64GB.
The new iPad mini pre-order starts on October 26, interestingly the Windows 8 is set to be released on the same day. Anyway, WiFi version of the iPad mini will ship on November 2 while the cellular version two weeks later.
We also have a 4th generation of iPad running on A6X chipset. Apple managed to keep it secret till the event, and it was certainly a surprise. The new iPad 4 powered by a new A6X chipset is promised to offer twice the CPU and GPU power of the A5X.
The new iPad is also coming with new Lightning connector. Now Sprint consumers who have been waiting for an iPad that supports Sprint’s LTE network can use the iPad 4, the device is coming with LTE upgraded to support the Sprint network in the US, among others.
Other than those features mentioned above, the iPad 4 is identical to its predecessor iPad 3. Featuring same 10 hour battery life and 1536 x 2048 pixel display.
When it comes to pricing for the iPad 4, the base version will cost you $499 while the LTE-enabled units start at $629. The iPad 4 WiFi version release date is set to November 2 with LTE-packing ones coming two weeks later.