Apple proudly announced their new mobile device, the iPad mini, at a special event in San Jose on October 23rd 2012 at the California Theater. The iPad mini packs a killer 7.9 inch display that has the same resolution as the iPad 2 which is 1,024 x 768 pixels. This means that there is no need to re-size the apps for the iPad mini. The new device from Apple goes straight up against the Nexus 7 by Google and Asus.
The iPad mini is 7.2 mm thick and weighs 6.8 pounds. This is possible due to Apple’s new manufacturing process that gives the product a fine cutting edge which is seen on the iPhone 5 that was released earlier this quarter.
It may be a little disappointing that it does not showcase the highly potent retina display and one of the latest Apple processes namely the A5x, A6 or the brand new A6 which is powering the 4th gen iPad.
But there’s still some good news here. Apple engineers gave the iPad mini it’s hardware with the sole purpose to maintain the legendary 10 hour battery life, which is highly desirable by customers.
Except for the larger display, the iPad 2 is still lacking in terms of hardware when compared to the mini. The iPad mini has the stunning new 5 megapixel iSight camera at the back and 720p HD front-facing camera for facetime. Cellular is taken to the next level with the LTE modem (in the cellular models). This device is available in 3 Wi-Fi models and 3 cellular equipped models.
Apple priced this product smartly in terms of competition in the market. The iPad mini line-up is ranged from $329 all the way up to $659.
It’s available in two colors, white with silver and black with slate.
The iPhone version of Nimbuzz is compatible with the iPad mini, so you’re connected always.
How do you think Apple’s new device will fare when compared to a host of 8 inch tablets that are already in the market? Share your thoughts.