During Apple’s “We’ve got a little more to show you...” press conference today, the long rumored 7-inch iPad became a reality.
Dubbed the iPad Mini, the tablet has a very thin (7.2 mm thick) all aluminum enclosure with your choice of white or black cover glass just like it’s larger sibling. The display isn’t quite a Retina display with its 1024 X 768 resolution, but it does stretch the definition of a 7 inch tablet, measuring in at 7.8 inches diagonal. A FaceTime HD camera is nestled in the upper bezel. while a 5 megapixel iSight shooter is found on the back. On the bottom is Apple’s new Lightning connector.
Powering the iPad Mini is Apple’s venerable A5 dual-core processor, while data connections are handled by the usual Wi-Fi, and 3G/4G options. New for both iPad and iPad mini is Sprint 3G/4G connectivity. You’ll be able to get iPad Mini with 16, 32 or 64 GB of storage.
iPad Mini will be available in 2 color choices mirroring the iPhone 5: Black and Slate as well as White and Silver. Pricing for Wi-FI16 GB models starts at $329 USD, and can climb as high as $529 USD for the Wi-Fi 64 GB. Want 3G/4G connectivity? A 3G/4G iPad Mini 16 GB starts at $459 USD with prices rising up to $659 USD.
iPad Mini preorders begin October 26th for many countries with in store availability occurring November 2nd.