Apple Now Taking Pre-orders for iPad Mini and iPad 4

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.

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  • Darkerson
    "...The 32GB and 54GB WiFi-only..."


    Anyway, it is rather surprising they are releasing 2 new Ipads in the same year, with some people feeling betrayed for basically being early adopters. Buyer beware, I guess :lol:
  • Azn Cracker
    ipad 2 is still $399? wow apple want to suck that one dry eh?
  • eternalkp
    wow, cool I can't wait not to give a sh*t
    nexus 10, here i come
  • ekho
    "Apple now accepting your hard-earned cash for iPad mini and iPad 4."
    we may comment such silly things in this way but you must not write things just like that, Jane. :-\
  • bllue
    I can't even comprehend how people accept this. Only Apple is allowed to get away with releasing basically the same product with minimal differences barely 7 months later. Sad thing is people gobble it up time and time again
  • tomfreak
    can I send in my ipad3 which is 2 months old for the new ipad4 with less than $50 top up? I feel getting scammed now Damn u Apple. :fou:
  • svdb
    Next up the iPad Maxi, and then a whole line of different widths and heights because of course the wide one is different than the tall one. ;)
  • livingthedream
    Buy the new ipad couple of months back...Apple makes new ipad....Apple annoys customer base....How do you like them Apples
  • kawininjazx
    I have a photographer friend who bought an iPad 3 64GB like 3 months ago, can't wait to tell her how apple is already replacing it.
  • pacomac
    If you bought a Dell laptop and 2 months later Dell brought out a new model, people wouldn't bat an eye lid, it's no big deal. Also we upgrade our PC's every 2-3 years simply for the faster processor, so it's not fair to say Apple are giving us nothing new. I've ordered an ipad 4, and am quite happy to upgrade from the iPad 3 since the speed increase is much more than I could ever get upgrading my desktop PC!