Apple Announces iPad Mini

10/23/2012

Apple held an event today to announce the new iPad mini, among other new products. But the mini was undoubtedly the star of the show. The mini is 7.9 inches, designed to compete with other smaller tablets on the market, such as the Kindle Fire.

Designed to fit comfortably in the user’s hand, the iPad mini is 7.2 mm thin and weighs .68 lbs. Apple says it’s 53% lighter than the 4th generation iPad, which was also announced during the event. iPad mini features Retina display, a dual-core A5 chip, FaceTime HD front-side camera, 5 megapixel iSight back camera, LTE capabilities, and 10-hour battery life.

Pricing for iPad mini starts at $329 for a 16-GB Wi-Fi only device.


Apple also announced the 4th generation iPad. The company talked about how iPad is very popular, saying it sold its 100 millionth iPad two weeks ago. Apple CEO Tim Cook also said iPad has been taking the business world “by storm,” citing many Fortune 500 companies that are integrating it into their businesses. Apple says the 4th generation iPad will double performance for CPU tasks, will feature LTE, and will start at $499.

Both the iPad mini and the 4th generation iPad will be available for pre-order on October 26.

In addition to iPad news, Apple also announced that 200 million devices are now running iOS 6. The company also introduced a new 13-inch MacBook Pro, which is .75 inches thin and weighs a little more than 3.5 lbs. The new Mac Mini is the smallest Mac computer ever, and starts at $599.

With the new offerings, Apple continues to show it is committed to both mobile connected devices and the desktop computer market.






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