Today, during the media event Apple unveiled the iPad mini. The device features a 7.9-inch display with a resolution of 1024×768 pixels. iPad mini measures just 7.2 millimeters thin and weighs 0.68 pounds.
The iPad mini features a dual-core A5 processor, a FaceTime HD camera on the front and a 5-megapixel camera on the rear, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity, and 4G LTE cellular connectivity in some models. Even though it is smaller in size, the iPad mini offers up to 10 hours of battery life.
Since the iPad mini’s screen has the same resolution as the iPad 2, all existing iPad apps that work on the older iPad 2 will work on the iPad mini without any need for developers to make modifications to their existing apps.
iPad mini starts at $329 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi model, with the 32 GB Wi-Fi model priced at $429 and the 64 GB Wi-Fi model coming in at $529. It will cost an additional $130 for models with cellular capability. All models are available in the same black/slate and white/silver color schemes seen on the iPhone 5.
Pre-orders for the iPad mini will start on Friday, October 26, with the Wi-Fi models shipping on November 2 and the cellular models starting to ship two weeks later.
Apple has also introduced new polyurethane iPad mini Smart Covers in six different colors, priced at $39 each.