On Tuesday, Apple finally announced the hotly-anticipated iPad mini, along an unexpected update to its regular iPad in the form of the iPad 4. Since then, we've seen teardowns, heard all about how the iPad mini is going to affect the tablet market, and listened to Tim Cook defend the price of the smaller iPad. Today, both the iPad mini and the iPad 4 hit pre-order status on Apple's website.
In case your memory needs refreshing, the iPad mini boasts a 7.9-inch display with the same 1024x768 resolution as the iPad 2, 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, and iOS 6. It starts at $329 for the entry-level model with WiFi and 16GB of storage. The 32GB and 54GB WiFi-only models cost $429 and $529, respectively. Adding in LTE will jack the 16GB model's price up to $459. The 32GB and 54GB WiFi+4G models cost $549 and $649.
The iPad 4, also known as 'the new new iPad,' packs a dual-core A6X, a 9.7-inch Retina display with a 2048x1536 resolution at (264ppi), Bluetooth 4.0, a 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera, a 5MP iSight camera, the new Lightning connector, and iOS 6. Pricing remains the same as the old 'new iPad,' which means $499 for the 16GB WiFi-only model, and $599 and $699 for the 32GB and 64GB WiFi-only models, respectively. Adding in 4G LTE support (which is now global) will bring the price of the iPad 4 up to $629, $729, or $829, depending on the model you want (16GB, 32GB, or 64GB).
The WiFi models will ship first, with the WiFi+4G versions shipping a few weeks later. Apple currently has a ship-date of 'mid-November' on its online store.