The cat’s finally out of the bag: yes, Apple has indeed created an iPad mini. It’s a “concentrated” version of its big brother, not “smaller” as lead designer Jony Ive was quick to point out at the launch event.
Apple also unveiled a new full-sized iPad today, with a faster processor than the model introduced earlier this year.
Inside the iPad mini is a dual-core A5 processor, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and a battery that still provides enough juice for 10 hours of normal use.
As some insiders expected, Apple decided not to outfit the first iPad mini with a Retina display. Instead it features a 7.9-inch display with a resolution of 1024×768 — the same as the iPad 2 and the original iPad. There’s a 5MP rear-facing camera (quite possibly the same one found on the 5th-gen iPod touch), and a front-facing cam that’s ready for Facetime.
Apple has priced the iPad mini at $329 to start, and that’s for a 16GB model. Stepping up to 32GB costs another $100, while the 64GB Wi-Fi only model is priced at $519. LTE models are available, too, and command a $130 premium over their Wi-Fi only counterparts.
4th generation iPad
The 9.7-inch iPad has also received a modest update, too — a new A6X processor, dual-band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and a 720P front-facing camera.
Apple has also integrated the image processing chip from the iPhone 5, and thrown in a Lightning port for good measure. Prices for the new, new iPad start at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, and again it’s an extra $130 for mobile conenctivity.
While it wasn’t officially branded as such, it actually sounds a bit like an iPad 3S.