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In what can only be described as the worst kept secret in the history of the Internet, Apple finally decided to announce the iPad Mini. Apple’s newest member of the iPad family comes with a smaller 7.9-inch screen, whereas the original iPad had a 9.7 inch screen. The device is a nice step down in size and should add some more portability to the iPad, as well as open doors for it to compete with smaller Android tablets such as the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD.

That being said, Apple kind of missed the sweet spot for pricing on the iPad Mini, at least if they intend to go directly after some of the other 7-inch tablets. With the iPad Mini coming in at a starting price of $329, it sits at a higher price tier than Google, Samsung and Amazon’s tablets.

As you would expect, the iPad Mini comes in white and black. It also comes in Wi-Fi and cellular models. For memory, you can choose from 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. The 7.9-inch screen supports a 1024-by-768 resolution at 163 pixels per inch. The iPad Mini also features a dual-core A5 processor, a 5MP rear-facing camera, and a 1.2MP front-facing camera. Apple says the battery lasts 10 hours on Wi-Fi and nine hours using cellular data to browse the web.

For cellular data, the iPad Mini supports 4G LTE and lower networks. In the US, it will be available on Sprint, AT&T and Verizon.

If you are interested in picking up an iPad Mini, pre-orders begin on October 26. The Wi-Fi version will be available in stores November 2, and the Wi-Fi + Cellular model will launch sometime later in November.


Source: Apple

  1. Jeremiah Iliffe
    October 28, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Looks awesome, I would buy one if it was slightly cheaper and the Ipad 2 was not on sale

  2. Nikhil Chandak
    October 26, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    MakeUseOf has done the giveway of Ipad mini (amazing giveway) !!

  3. Boni Oloff
    October 24, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    I am not too excited so far, because it is still expensive, there are many things in my mind, about the size, it will be smaller battery too right? And that means many things if you are talking about battery.

  4. Dino Pearsons
    October 24, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Now this is the device I've been waiting for. I rarely use my iPad or bring with me 'cause it's too large.

    On the other hand, the thing I'd like to do most with it is read, so this new form factor seems perfect.

    • Dave LeClair
      October 26, 2012 at 8:19 pm

      Here's hoping you enjoy it. It looks like a sweet device, so I think you will be happy with it.

  5. Mac Witty
    October 24, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Price an no retina display is a bit disappointing
    Still, I want one!

  6. Hazmi Halwi
    October 24, 2012 at 8:50 am

    i think it is better to be called ipad 3 Mini??

  7. jay
    October 24, 2012 at 6:28 am

    i'll buy a nexus 7 or the nook hd instead,i'm not part of the isheep,i just want a small tablet to watch videos,surf the internet and read my ebooks,and i'm sure as hell not paying $329 for a tablet just for the apple logo.i doubt they'll have a great impact on the 7" tablets market,most people who buy this kind of tablets are looking for something cheap,i bet most of the ipad mini users will be people already immersed on the apple ecosystem.

  8. Nikhil Chandak
    October 24, 2012 at 4:54 am

    seems to be amazing
    with mind-blowing features

    but $329 is too much for an Ipad MINI !!

  9. Scott
    October 24, 2012 at 4:51 am

    I was totally waiting for this. But again Apple managed to price it above what is feasible for my budget. I was hoping for $250, and would have considered $299. But they again priced it just above my reach and tipping point. I certainly doubt I'm alone in this disappointment. Well you had your chance Apple, and you overpriced me yet again. Thanks a lot. Hello Nexus.

  10. Benedict Zambo
    October 24, 2012 at 3:05 am

    I badly needed one!!

  11. Anonymous
    October 24, 2012 at 2:27 am

    Apple products are always costly.

    I think they are killing the iPod Touch now... iPod Touch 5G was the elongated version of it's previous gen. Now this iPad Mini is the ELONGATED version of iPod Touch 5G int both directions.

    Its not every inch an iPad but an iPod Touch xD

    • Dave LeClair
      October 26, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      From what I hear, the iPhone Touch 5G is actually selling very well, so I dont know that it's in danger of being killed just yet.

  12. Siddhant Chaurasia
    October 24, 2012 at 1:25 am

    I don't support this decision. Now developers have to work harder. Steve Jobs was against this as well as a smaller iPad really does ruin the screen.

  13. Ahmed Khalil
    October 23, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    very good step from apple i think it will ignite the fire of the war of tablet market more and more and this good for us as coustemers

  14. Bakari Chavanu
    October 23, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Yep, it's a big disappointing on the pricing. They could have at least dropped it to $299. It's like Apple saying, yeah we know our tablet costs lots more, but if you want quality you will have to pay extra for it. And when the mini outsells the competitors, Apple brag even more.

  15. Avish Kansakar
    October 23, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    not even close. The other 7 inch tablets are way better. I doubt this will sell rapidly as their other products but then again theres isheep

  16. Pawan Dubey
    October 23, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    So no retina display on this one. Sad.
    I was kind of expecting Apple to go cheap on this one. Probably around $250 or thereabouts. But I guess they are very confident of their customer base to gobble it up. I would go for Nexus 7 instead of this baby. Good luck to Apple though. They will need it to carry on in five years time.

    • Dave LeClair
      October 26, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      Well for Apple, with the way they usually price things, this is actually on cheap side. The general public will see it as an iPad for around 300 bucks and buy them by the truckload.

  17. salim benhouhou
    October 23, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    a very nice approach from apple

  18. Javier Vega
    October 23, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Mmm...i would get other tablet for the price, and personally, Android is my type of OS, i don't really see a reason to make this product, in my own opinion

    • Ahmed Khalil
      October 23, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      i do not think so, it will make good variaty for us to select from

      • Achraf Almouloudi
        October 24, 2012 at 1:48 am

        It is still more expensive .

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