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23 October 2012

Unveiled: Apple iPad mini

Along with a fourth generation iPad. Burns if you just bought a third gen iPad, doesn't it?

Gagan Gupta
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There have always been a number of people who found the iPad too big, too heavy or even too expensive. The 7-incher Android alternatives seemed like a better deal with their light and compact build and the fact that you could just stuff it into your pocket... if you had a large pocket.

Apple as now sweetened the iPad range with a completely new kind of tablet that's 23 percent thinner and 53 percent lighter than the third generation iPad. In real numbers, the iPad mini is just 7.2 mm thin and weighs around 308.5g. The iPad mini features a 7.9-inch screen, FaceTime HD camer in the front and a 5 megapixel iSight camera on the back. It's powered by the dual-core A5 chip, which is the same as the one in iPad 2. And it still claims the same 10 hours of battery life as all iPads before it.

Of course the November 2nd launch is for US an other countries that are not India, but we reckon it should not take too long to get here as well.

Apple also announced the fourth generation iPad, which may not exactly be a 'generation leap' but is definitely an upgrade over the third generation iPad. It features the same 9.7-inch Retina display, but now comes with the new A6X chip, FaceTime HD front-facing camera and support for LTE networks.

As expected, the iPad mini and fourth generation iPad both only support the new Lightning connector, which is also in the new iPhone and iPod range.

iPad mini with Wi-Fi models will be available on November 2 with the Wi-Fi +cellular versions releasing two weeks after that. Of course these dates are for the US and a number of other countries that are not India, but we reckon it should not take too long to get here as well.

Here's the funny bit though, the third generation iPad will be completely replaced by the fourth gen one, but the iPad 2 will still be on sale. Does that even make sense with the new iPad mini eating into the same market? Tell us in the comments below.

Tags: ipad mini, ipad, tablet

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