As it was highly anticipated, Apple on Tuesday, launched the 7.9-inch version of it's popular tablet, the iPad. It was earlier believed that the iPad mini would take on the likes of Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire HD, but with a $329 starting price, it seems that Apple is not targeting the low-end tablet segment.
The iPad mini will come in 3 variants, 16, 32 and 64GB and is priced at $329, $429 and $529 respectively. These are the Wi-Fi only variants. But, if you want the 4G LTE connectivity as well, you'll have to shell out $120 extra for each model. Thus, the iPad mini with Wi-Fi and 4G LTE would cost you $459 , $559 and $659 for the 16, 32 and 64GB variants respectively.
As for the specifications, the iPad mini is powered by a dual-core A5 processor that powers the second generation iPad as well. Thus, the proceesing abilities on the new iPad mini would be a bit slower than the third generation iPad, which is a bit disappointing. The 7.9-inch screen on the iPad mini comes with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.
iPad Mini Specifications:
- Dual-core A5 chip
- 7.9-inch display with a resolution
- 5-megapixel rear camera, FaceTime HD front camera
- Up-to 10 hours battery life
The iPad mini features a FaceTime HD camera on the front, and a 5-megapixel iSight camera at the back. At the bottom, you'll find the new Lightning connector, that Apple showcased on the iPhone 5. Apple promises a battery life of up-to 10 hours on the new iPad mini.
Though the pre-orders start from October 26, the new iPad mini will start shipping from November 2.
Alongside the iPad mini, Apple also launched a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, a Super slim new iMac, a Mac Mini and the new, fourth generation iPad.
The fourth-generation iPad sees some minor improvements over the previous iPad that features a Retina display. The fourth generation iPad runs on a newer, faster A6 chip that delivers a snappier performance than the previous version. Also, it gets an improved Wi-Fi module and Apple's new Lightning connector as well.
Other than that, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro that's priced at $1699 and comes with the stunning, retina display. The new 13-inch MackBook Pro is 20 percent thinner than the regular MacBook Pro and is powered by a 2.5Ghz dual core processor with 8GB RAM. It also comes with an HDMI video-out.
Apple also announced the Mac Mini that comes with a price tag of $599 for the base model.
Finally, the fifth new offering from Apple, Super Slim iMac is stunningly thin and features a quad-core processor. The new, improved iMac starts at $1299.