What has been rumoured for quite some time is now official: Apple is putting out a mini version of its market-dominating iPad. The company has announced that the tablet will go on sale next Friday together with the fourth-generation iPad, which was unveiled at the same event on Tuesday.
The iPad mini comes with a 7.9-inch display and, as Apple put it, the device is "as thin as a pencil and as light as a pad of paper". It runs on an A5 chip and features FaceTime HD and iSight cameras. According to Apple, the battery is good to go for ten hours and users can enjoy the benefits of superfast wireless performance. At 0.68 pounds, the iPad mini is 53% lighter than the iPad 3 and its thickness of 7.2mm makes it 23% thinner. Buyers can also rest assured that they can use all the apps designed for iPad, meaning access to more than 275,000 of them, Apple's Worldwide Marketing senior vice-president Philip Schiller said. Suggested retail prices start at $329, which is the cost of a Wi-Fi model with 16 GB of storage space. Buyers who prefer a device with 4G connectivity will have to wait a couple of weeks longer.
As for the iPad 4, it offers a 9.7-inch Retina display and is powered by a new Apple-designed A6X chip. According to the company, users will get up to twice the CPU and graphics performance of the A5X chip in the third-generation iPad and ten hours of battery life. The fourth-generation iPad also has a FaceTime HD camera and ultrafast wireless and, just like the iPad mini, it has iOS 6 installed. Prices start at $499 for a 16 GB Wi-Fi model. The 4G version will be available later in November.
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