Apple announces the iPad mini

Photo Courtesy of Apple, Inc.
Photo Courtesy of Apple, Inc.

Today, October 23, Apple announced the iPad mini, a smaller version of its popular iPad.  Preorders will begin on October 26 through Apple’s online store and the device will be in stores on November 2.

The iPad mini features a 7.9-inch, multi-touch display and has the same resolution as the iPad 2.  This allows for a great experience when using the over 275,000 apps designed for the iPad.  With a fast A5 chip, the iPad mini will provide the amount of horsepower needed for a great experience on a smaller device.

Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing said, “iPad mini is as thin as a pencil and as light as a pad of paper…”  The iPad mini is just 7.2 mm thin and weighs only 0.68 pounds.  The device will be fairly comfortable while holding it in one hand as you read books using the new iBooks app, playing a game, reading your email, or browsing the web.

Wifi models will be available in both black and white starting November 2.  Storage size will determine the price of the device with the 16GB model coming in at $329, the 32GB model totaling $429, and the 64GB model reaching a $529 price tag.   Wifi with cellular models will be available a couple of weeks after the wifi model.  Prices for these devices will be $130 more than their comparable wifi models.

While many other tablets are priced lower, they fall short on the immersive experience Apple provides with their devices.  With a solid and growing app store, decent cameras for FaceTime and photos, as well as a well-established operating system, the iPad mini is a good solution for those already invested in the iOS ecosystem.  The iPad mini is also a good device for those looking to get a more comfortable tablet for reading books, magazines, and newspapers while enjoying  the extras of a well established app environment.

Preorder the iPad mini on October 26 or stop into your local Apple store on November 2.  Be sure to get your request in early as the initial supply is expected to go quickly just as previous idevice releases.

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