Apple CEO Tim Cook has just made the iPad mini official. This offers a smaller, less expensive option for those looking for an iOS tablet.
It will have a 7.9-inch touchscreen, verses the 9.8-inch one on the company’s full-size models. This will have a 1024 x 768 resolution, the same as the first and second-generation iPads. This means app developers won’t have to create special versions of their software for this device.
The tablet will use the Lightning connector, which recently debuted on the iPhone 5. This means that virtually no accessories for current iPads will work with this one, but Apple is working to release a range of adapters.
It is going have both front and rear-facing cameras, and Apple is promising 10 hours of battery life.
Price and Availability
A 16GB version of the iPad mini will sell for $330, a 32GB one is going to be $430, and the 64GB model will be $530. Adding 4G LTE support will be an additional $130.
The WiFi-only versions are going to be available on Nov. 2 in a wide array of countries around the world. Pre-orders will start a week earlier, on Oct. 26.
Versions with both Wi-Fi and 4G will be introduced two-weeks later in the U.S.