After years of rumors, Apple finally revealed the iPad Mini today. Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs was not a fan of 7 inch tablets, and predicted they would fail. Amazon proved him wrong with the Kindle Fire, and now Google has jumped into the market with the Nexus 7. With their competitors offering cheaper alternatives to the high priced iPad, Apple had no choice but to jump into the smaller tablet market.
The iPad Mini will come with a 7.9 inch screen. It will not feature the retina display of the newer iPads and iPhones. Like all the new iOS devices, it will come with two cameras: a front facing HD camera for FaceTime, and the back will feature a 5-megapixel iSight camera capable of shooting in 1080p. The Mini will feature the same processor in the iPad 2, a dual core A5. It will also have the new Lightning connector that first appeared on the iPhone 5.
The Mini will be available in 16, 32, and 64 gigabyte models. Prices will start at $329 at the bottom end, and peak at $519 for the top WiFi model. Mini’s capable of 4G LTE coverage will cost an additional $130. Pre-orders begin this Friday, with the first WiFi models expected to ship by November 2.
Apple surprised the tech world by also announcing a new flagship iPad. The 4th generation iPad boasts an A6X processor, a 720p front facing camera, and the new Lightning port featured on the iPhone 5 and now the iPad Mini. The new iPad will have the same pricing as the last model, starting at $499. Pre-orders begin on October 26, with WiFi models expected to ship around November 2.