The iPad Mini, which is a smaller version of the iPad, is probably one of the most anticipated gadgets this year and a lot of people have been waiting for it. Well, the long wait is over. Last Tuesday, Apple unveiled the iPad Mini in its event in San Jose, California.
The fourth generation iPad was also announced on the same event despite the fact that the New iPad was launched just six months ago. The latest iPad will sport a new and improved A6X processor (the New iPad uses A5X) and it will also have a more powerful front facing camera at 1.2 megapixels. Other than these two, I don’t see any other major differences in the New iPad and the iPad 4 (see comparison below).
Finally, the iPad Mini has been unveiled to the public. The specs of the smaller iPad is at par (actually a bit better) with the iPad 2 model which means that even though it doesn’t have the latest in technology, it’s still pretty capable of handling everyday iPad usage. Moreover, this means that all iPad apps can run on the iPad Mini without any performance issues.
Despite the reduction of screen size, I think that the iPad Mini is better than the iPad in that it is more portable and easier to carry around. It is also significantly lighter weighing in at 0.68 lbs. which is about half the weight of its bigger brothers. The iPad Mini would be great especially for gamers and readers.
The iPad Mini is available at $329 (16GB), $429 (32GB), $529 (64GB) for the Wi-Fi only models and the Wi-Fi + 4G models are available at $459 (16GB), $559 (32GB), $659 (64GB). Pre-ordering will start on October 26 and will ship on November 2.
The New iPad
4th Gen iPad
|Screen Size||9.7 inches||9.7 inches||7.9 inches||9.7 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1024 x 768||2048 x 1536||1024 x 768||2048 x 1536|
|Pixels Per Inch||132||264||163||264|
|Dimensions||9.5’ x 7.31’ x 0.34’||9.5’ x 7.31’ x 0.37’||7.87’ x 5.3’ x 0.28’||9.5’ x 7.31’ x 0.37’|
|Weight||1.33 lbs.||1.44 lbs.||0.68 lbs.||1.44 lbs.|
|Front Camera||VGA||VGA||1.2 MP||1.2 MP|
|Back Camera||0.92 MP||5 MP||5 MP||5 MP|
|Battery||25 Wh : 10 hours||42.5 Wh : 10 hours||16.3 Wh : 10 hours||42.5 Wh : 10 hours|