At an event in San Jose at the California Theatre yesterday, Apple hosted media from the tech world for a new unveiling. Many who have been following the media and news regarding the event would already have known what Apple would be revealing to the eager onlookers, the Apple iPad Mini. Alongside this unveiling, Apple also announced the updated new iPad, possibly known as the newer iPad or 4th generation iPad, as well as the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.
The Apple iPad mini has been rumoured almost immediately after the 3rd generation iPad was announced earlier this year and is one of the worst kept tech secrets to launch from Cupertino. The tablet was announced with a 7.9-inch screen, 1,024 x 768 display for $329. The launch of the iPad mini was a direct result of the Google Nexus 7” tablet launched a few short months ago, and will see the 2 go head-to-head in the market from 2nd November.
During the presentation, Apple saw fit to compare these 2 mini tablets live on stage, stating that the iPad mini is 0.9 inches bigger, which yields around 35% more in terms of viewing display. This is something that hasn’t been received well with Android fans around the world, especially since the comparison wasn’t 100% legitimate. But that’s neither here nor there at this moment.
In terms of its dimensions, the iPad mini is 7.2mm thick, and weighs around 300g. Apple also highlighted the manufacturing process as “all new”, which has the same ‘anodized’ edges as with the iPhone 5. The remaining specs include a previous-generation 1 GHz Dual-Core A5 CPU, 5MP camera, and optional LTE. As always, Apple offers a number of variants: a Wi-Fi-only version will be available in 16, 32 and 64GB storage, and the same applies to the Wi-Fi/Cellular variants.
What caught many by surprise was the announcement of the updated iPad, now in its 4th generation if we follow the releases. Although there wasn’t much of an update to speak of, the “newer” iPad was still quite hyped up in the usual Apple-style announcement. In what little has changed with the 9.7” iPad is the new 1GHz Dual-Core A6 CPU, 1.2MP front-facing camera and the new lightning connection port. The obvious other difference is that the newer iPad also comes pre-installed with the latest version of iOS.
For those interested, you can find a brief comparison of specs in the image below.