Apple launches the long rumored 7.9-inch iPad Mini
Just like the iPhone5, Apple VP of Marketing Phil Schuller took pride in unpacking one of the most awaited devices of the year, the iPad Mini.
Apple yesterday revealed the smaller iPad version which sprayed relief on people wanting an iPad but with a smaller form factor from a long time. Cupertino worked on it and the result being the now existence of a 7.8-inch and 7.2 mm thick (and which Schuller claimed to be “thin as pencil”) iPad Mini, weighing 53% lesser than the new iPad.
The iPad Mini’s display is an exact replica of the iPad2 and a comparison on both during the event made things crystal clear. This also implies that the mini version can access those 2, 75,000 apps without any noticeable glitches.
Under the hood, there’s the A5 and not A6 (unfortunate for users who were expecting), a rear 5-MP iSight shooter, HD front camera for Face Time capabilities and the slimmest battery cell ever in an iPad to provide seamless 10 hours of battery life considering the fact the iPad Mini features LTE.
The iPad Mini ranks higher than the iPad2 in the terms of Siri integration. While the iPad2 still lacks Siri, the mini version has been granted the voice assistant.
The color options have been borrowed from the iPhone5 and this Mini iPad version would be available in combinations of “black and slate” and “white and silver” options.
The Wi-Fi versions would be available for pre-orders starting this Friday. $329 is what Apple is tagging for the 16 GB Wi-Fi only model, $429 (US) for the 32GB model and $529 (US) for the 64GB model.
iPad Mini versions with both cellular and Wi-Fi capabilities will start shipping couple of weeks later than the Wi-Fi only comrades and with tags of $459 (US) for the 16GB model, $559 (US) for the 32GB model and $659 (US) for the 64GB model.