Apple unveiled a ton of new stuff over in California tonight, with the big surprise arguably being the fourth generation iPad.
One chap we were fully expecting to meet, on the other, was the iPad mini. Seemingly endless months of speculation are now over, and the “tweener” dream is finally a reality. Phew.
What’s the point in the iPad mini, you might ask? Well, you can hold it one hand, of course, allowing you to do, er, other stuff with your free hand.
Apple says its engineers thought long and hard before settling on a display size, and ultimately landed on 7.9in. That’s a whole – what? – twentieth of an inch bigger than expected.
In terms of portability, the iPad mini is 23% thinner than the third generation iPad, and 53% lighter.
Other iPad mini specs include LTE compatibility (using a nano-SIM, incidentally), a resolution of 1024 x 768 (same as the iPad 2) and PPI of 163, a 5MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, a FaceTime HD camera on the front, Apple’s dual-core A5 processor, and a promise of 10 hours battery life.
Interestingly, the iPad mini will also be compatible with Siri, joining the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and third and fourth generation iPads.
iPad mini prices? Check it:
- iPad mini 16GB Wi-Fi - £269
- iPad mini 32GB Wi-Fi - £349
- iPad mini 64GB Wi-Fi - £429
- iPad mini 16GB Wi-Fi and cellular - £369
- iPad mini 32GB Wi-Fi and cellular - £449
- iPad mini 64GB Wi-Fi and cellular - £529
As with the fourth generation iPad, you’ll be able to grab the Wi-Fi only iPad mini from November 2 (a week on Friday), with the cellular models following a couple of weeks later. Pre-orders open on Friday (October 26).
What do you think? Should Amazon and Google be scared? Is the end nigh for the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7? Or is the iPad mini an over-priced hunk of miniature nonsense?