Apple unveils the iPad mini
Posted by Gerry Kiernan
Online content editor
October 24th 2012 at 11:28
Is it a bird? A phone? A laptop? No it’s a mini! Apple launches the new iPad mini at half the weight of older iPad tablets with a 7.9 inch screen.
The Apple iPad mini, launched last night in California, is expected to become the most popular tablet in the world when it goes on sale on Friday 2 November.
With a screen size of 7.9 inches, a thickness of 7.2mm and a weight of 0.3 kg, it’s small enough to fit in one hand or in your pocket.
The launch of the mini is seen as Apple’s response to demand for smaller, cheaper devices such as Amazon’s Kindle.
“iPad mini is as thin as a pencil and as light as a pad of paper,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Yet it packs a fast A5 chip, FaceTime HD and 5 megapixel iSight cameras and ultrafast wireless ― all while delivering up to 10 hours of battery life.”
Apple has sold a phenomenal 100 million iPads to date. At the same launch, it also revealed the iPad 4 which has a faster processor, an increased battery life and which will be enabled for the new 4G network in the UK.
iPad mini prices will be £269 for the 16GB, £349 for 32GB and £429 for the 64GB model. The iPad mini (in black or white) will be on sale from Friday 2 November with pre-orders available at Apple from this Friday.
What do you make of the new iPad mini? Are you tempted? Let us know below.
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