iPad Mini And iPad 4: Apple Introduces A New 7.9-inch Tablet, Refreshes The 9.7-inch One


23.10.2012

iPad Mini And iPad 4: Apple Introduces A New 7.9-inch Tablet, Refreshes The 9.7-inch One

Apple unveiled today the new iPad Mini tablet with a 7.9-inch display and brought a small upgrade for the iPad tablet which now reached the fourth generation.

Just like most of the tech publications anticipated, Apple has officially penetrated the 7-inch tablet market with the launch of the new iPad Mini, a device that comes with an IPS display with a diagonal of 7.9 inches and a resolution of 1,024 x 768 pixels, the same as the one used for the iPad 2. The main advantage is that all the apps developed for the iPad 2 will be compatible with iPad Mini. Moreover the pixel density raised to 163 ppi because the display is now smaller.

The iPad Mini is 7.2 mm thick, it weighs in over 50% less than iPad and it was fitted with the new Lightning dock connector that debuted on the iPhone 5.

But the similarities with iPad 2 doesn’t stop here, as the new iPad Mini benefits from the same hardware platform as the second generation iPad. Therefore, we are talking about an Apple A5 chipset that includes a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1 GHz, PowerVR SGX543MP2 graphics processing and 512 MB of RAM. The camera on the back is an iSight unit with a 5 megapixel sensor, while the front-facing camera is capable of handling FaceTime video calls at HD quality.

Apple will start accepting pre-orders for the new iPad Mini WiFi only as of Friday, October 26th, and the first users will get their hands on the tablet on November 2nd. The WiFi + 4G model will go on sale several weeks later, but in time for the Christmas Holidays.

The cheapest iPad Mini is the WiFi-only model with 16 GB of internal storage which has a price of $329. For 32 or 64 GB of storage you will have to add $100 or $200, respectively. The price of the iPad Mini WiFi + 4G 16 GB starts at $459 and climbs to $659 for the 64 GB model.

The main rival for the new iPad Mini is Nexus 7, the Android-powered 7-inch tablet co-developed by Google and ASUS which received numerous positive reviews in the international press.

Underpinned by the Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core platform and sporting a 1,280 x 800 pixels displays, the Nexus 7 has a price of only $249 for the 16 GB model. Moreover, rumor has it that Google will launch a 32 GB model at the same price on October 29th.

On the other hand, the iPad Mini version with the same internal storage is almost $100 more expensive, but we’ve all seen that the price never stopped Apple from dominating the 10 inch tablet market, even though its Android-powered rivals were cheaper.

The 7.9-inch display will also be a decisional factor for many, as those who want a small tablet would choose the Nexus 7 over the iOS-powered slate, even though iPad Mini is thinner and lighter than the Google alternative.

Only six months since the debut of the New iPad (3rd generation), Apple presented the fourth generation of the 9.7-inch tablet which will be called, errrr… iPad.

The improvements are rather minor, as the tablet keeps the Retina Display with a resolution of 1,536 x 2,048 pixels, the 5 megapixel iSight camera and the battery life of up to 10 hours.

The main difference is the introduction of the new A6X chipset, Apple saying that it is twice as fast as the A5X SoC. The 30-pin dock connector was replaced by the new Lightning unit we’ve first seen on the iPhone 5 and now on the new iPad Mini.

The prices for iPad 4 will be identical with those of iPad 3, which will be gradually replaced by the new version of the Apple tablet.

Just like iPad Mini WiFi-only, iPad 4 WiFi can be ordered starting October 26th, while the first units will be shipped on November 2nd. The 4G LTE models will be available a couple of weeks later.

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