iPad Mini Launch
Posted 24 October 2012 - By Mike Green
As anticipated for months Apple have finally unveiled the iPad Mini at an event in San Fransisco.
The usual array of 12 models will be available:-
- Memory configurations of either 16GB, 32GB or 64GB.
- Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi with Cellular.
- Black or White colours.
Prices start at £269 for the base Wi-Fi only 16GB model, £349 for the Wi-fi 32GB and £429 for the Wi-Fi 64GB. The equivalent Wi-Fi with Cellular models are exactly £100 more expensive than their wi-fi only counterparts.
The Wi-Fi only model will be available to order from the 26th October and available to buy on the 2nd November. No specific date was announced for the Wi-Fi with Cellular models, however it is understood it will be available "a few weeks later".
The tablet measures 20.1cm (7.9 inches), has a thickness of 7.2mm (0.3 inches) and weighs 0.68lbs (0.3kg). It sports a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels, however Apple resisted the temptation of a Retina Display. A 5 mega pixel rear camera is also included together with a front facing HD camera for FaceTime video calling.
The late Apple founder Steve Jobs in 2010 famously described 7 inch tablets as being "too small" however Apple have seemingly bowed to pressure from it's competitors who have successfully launched their own range of smaller cheaper tablets.
At the same event a new upgrade for the full sized iPad was also announced. Dubbed the "fourth generation" iPad, a new A6X chip will generate twice the CPU power of its predecessor and includes the new Lightning Connector. This announcement is sure to upset a few customers who have recently purchased The New iPad (3rd Generation) which has only been on the shelves for 7 months. Customers have become accustomed to Apple products being "current" for at least 12 months before the next must have model arrives.