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Apple Finally Announces iPad Mini, Also Unveils iPad 4

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Apple unveils two new iPads in one day.

After months of rumors Apple finally took the wraps off the iPad mini. The device's display measures in at 7.9-inches compared tp the regular iPad's 9.7-inch display. Unfortunately, it's not a Retina display, however, it does feature the same 1024x768 resolution as the iPad 2. That means all the old apps will work perfectly on this smaller iPad.

 

Specswise, you're looking at an A5 chip, just like the iPhone 4S, a front-facing camera for video calls, a 5-megapixel camera on the back, Apple's new Lightning connector, 16 GB of storage in the base model, and a price that starts at $329 for the WiFi-only model. The WiFi + 4G models start at $459 for the 16 GB model. The iPad mini will go up for pre-order this coming Friday (also known as Windows 8 launch day) and the WiFi models will ship first, on November 2.

 

That's not all for the iPad line, though. Despite only launching the iPad 3 six months ago, Apple also updated its regular-sized iPad. The company is calling it the 4th generation iPad and it boasts an Apple A6X chip, which Apple says is capable of two times the performance of the A5X in the old "new" iPad. There's also global LTE, a new Wi-Fi chip, and a FaceTime HD camera. Similar to the iPad mini, pre-orders start this Friday, October 26, with the device shipping on November 2. The base model (16 GB, WiFi-only) starts at $499, while the top-end model with 4G and 64GB of storage will set you back $829.

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    lpedraja2002 , October 23, 2012 7:15 PM
    Wow, double the storage capacity for $100!?

    I hate this planet.

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    spookyman , October 23, 2012 7:03 PM
    Hmm

    I think a laptop computer will be faster and cheaper then the pad.
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    eternalkp , October 23, 2012 6:56 PM
    oh wow, still worse than google nexus 7, why isn't this ipad mini not 720p and 16:9 ratio is beyond comprehension
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  • 21 Hide
    eternalkp , October 23, 2012 6:56 PM
    oh wow, still worse than google nexus 7, why isn't this ipad mini not 720p and 16:9 ratio is beyond comprehension
  • 22 Hide
    spookyman , October 23, 2012 7:03 PM
    Hmm

    I think a laptop computer will be faster and cheaper then the pad.
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    rebel1280 , October 23, 2012 7:11 PM
    well...im sold on the Nexus 7, i was waiting on the ipad mini showing but its not worth the extra $130 to me, as i have not invested much in the ecosystem. Not hating on Apple, just at this point it seems the N7 is better (IMHO). Plus, im not sure how the iPad mini displays more than the N7 if the N7 has higher resolution? o_O
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    lpedraja2002 , October 23, 2012 7:15 PM
    Wow, double the storage capacity for $100!?

    I hate this planet.

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    srhelicity , October 23, 2012 7:34 PM
    I'm curious why they released a new full-size iPad after only 6-8 months of the iPad 3 (I refuse to call it the "new iPad" since it's no longer new or the "iPad third generation" since that's silly). Apple used to have yearly product cycles, and in no world can I see Apple only giving 6-8 months on premiere item. In fact, if you look at their new line-up graphic, they are still selling the iPad 2, but there is no mention of the iPad 3. In addition, they only referenced the iPad 3 a few times in the presentation, but there were many mentions of the iPad 2. It's like they wanted us to forget about the iPad 3. Very strange.

    I can only think of two reasons why the iPad 4 would be released -- either they had some supplier issues with the existing iPad 3 (quality control, costs, etc.) or they wanted to make minor changes to counter an upcoming Google 10" or Microsoft Surface tablet. It looks like the only meaningful change between the iPad 3 and the iPad 4 is an upgraded processor. If so, why announce an entirely new product after such a short time? I assume that they were worried about benchmark results with some upcoming competitors (MS or Google), and they wanted to kick out a new iPad that would level those concerns.
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    therogerwilco , October 23, 2012 7:39 PM
    OMG SO TIRED OF APPLE RELEASES AND TABLETS AND SMARTPHONES AND SMARTER MINI SMARTPHONE-TABLETS AND SMALLER MINI TABLETS THAT ARE ACTUALLY SMARTPHONES AND MINI-SMARTPHONES THAT ARE ACTUALLY CASIO CALCULATOR WATCHES!@!
    I wish they would all just merge into one glorious company and make some really cool stuff, but definitely reduce releases to once every year or two, not this crap releasing every 2-3 months... I'm tired of having to upgrade what I just upgraded because another company thought another company's upgrade wasn't actually an upgrade but THIS upgrade will be worth it and then of course that other company tells another company they STOLE their upgrade so now they can't upgrade because the other company got their upgrade banned.... freakin rediculous world we live in.
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    svdb , October 23, 2012 7:42 PM
    This is at least the 6th Apple related article and the day isn't even over yet.
    Gee.. If I wanted to read mostly about Apple products than anything I'd go a an Apple oriented website... :( 
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    RealBeast , October 23, 2012 7:47 PM
    Come on everyone, Apple users need to stand in line to upgrade to the latest model, it's part of their social DNA. They can't help it, it's called the iEnvy gene.

    Who would camp out for an iPad 3.1?
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    deadlockedworld , October 23, 2012 7:54 PM
    svdbThis is at least the 6th Apple related article and the day isn't even over yet.Gee.. If I wanted to read mostly about Apple products than anything I'd go a an Apple oriented website...


    Tech site. Largest tech company in the world. Unavoidable.

    Tom's editors do have an "Apple Free" version of the site though. They should repost that for everyone so they stop complaining.
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    nbelote , October 23, 2012 7:55 PM
    iPad Mini? Cool, more fanboi dollar leeching. Suck 'em dry, Apple... suck 'em dry.




    ...but can it run Crysis?
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    colson79 , October 23, 2012 7:55 PM
    Aluminum instead of plastic but still lighter and thinner than a Nexus 7
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    Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer , October 23, 2012 7:58 PM
    srhelicityI'm curious why they released a new full-size iPad after only 6-8 months of the iPad 3...

    I'm virtually certain that the reason is that they want everything standardized on Lighting (except the iPad 2, which honestly doesn't have much of a reason to exist at this point). At least they started the iPad Mini at 16GB, not 8GB as was rumored.
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    chomlee , October 23, 2012 8:06 PM
    SD storage is at an all time low. I should know, my stocks for SD ram have gone down by 3x. Stragely enough Apple wants you to believe SD storage has stayed the same price for the last 3 years. I actually like how well and smooth the Ipad works (I have both Acer A500 and Ipad), but Apples pricing on memory is ridiculous and really shows their greed. "Why? Because we can!!!"
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    mcd023 , October 23, 2012 8:07 PM
    I'm not an apple person, but with the thinness of the mini I'd say it's a very viable tablet. It looks super light and easy to handle for reading and videos. Sure, the N7 has more pixels (a strong plus), but the screen is good enough. I think it'll do well (as always), though lots of people are already eyeing surface and the recently released S3 (plus windows phones). Lots of competition for our $s.
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    xero141 , October 23, 2012 8:29 PM
    cost of parts $120, cost of labor $9, cost of shipping $20, cost of shiny apple logo $180... hello $329.

    just speculation on my part.
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    ericburnby , October 23, 2012 8:31 PM
    Toms is supposed to be a tech savvy site and not one person commenting has brought up the A6X?

    Is that all you do here these days? Bitch and whine instead of talking tech?

    Maybe you're all upset that Apple has the fastest mobile processor?
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    xero141 , October 23, 2012 8:35 PM
    ericburnbyToms is supposed to be a tech savvy site and not one person commenting has brought up the A6X?Is that all you do here these days? Bitch and whine instead of talking tech?Maybe you're all upset that Apple has the fastest mobile processor?



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    Anonymous , October 23, 2012 8:37 PM
    can't believe the world held its breath or even waited for this

    false alarm folks, false alarm.

    amazon, nexus, ect are all safe and sound

    apple lays a dud

    $329 that is like killer price, the world wants around $200

    will all the little children taken away from their loving parents working their lives away in some china hell hole of a sweatshop to make these things you would think apple could have been less greedy and released it for around $200, like all the others do. ;) 
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    Hiii , October 23, 2012 8:41 PM
    Why so many Apple related news, all their devices look the same imo.
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    colson79 , October 23, 2012 8:56 PM
    It is funny how everyone just looks at the common specs and says the Apple stuff is overpriced. Sure Apple does make a decent profit on their stuff but they generally make a better product. I mean it cost a lot more to make that single piece aluminum back that is does to make the cheap plastic back of the Nexus 7. It's like comparing a Mercedes to a Ford. Sure they both have 4 wheels and engine but there is a big difference in quality and materials. Despite all the Apple bashing that goes on at this site at $329 this thing will sell like hotcakes.
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