Apple Unveils 7.9" iPad mini, 16GB Model Starts at $329
October 23, 2012 1:50 PM
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Apple goes for the kill in the tablet market
Although tablets have long existed on the market, it wasn't until Apple introduced the
iPad in 2010
that the world stood up and took notice. Apple followed up on the success of the original with the
iPad 2 in 2011
"New iPad" earlier this year
While those 9.7" tablets were introduced with price points of $499 and above, Apple today is looking to conquer the budget market with the
introduction of the iPad mini
. The iPad mini forgoes the bulkier frame of its larger siblings for a more svelte frame and 7.85" display.
Speaking of the display, Apple's competitors can gloat a bit on this aspect of the iPad mini; at least when it comes to screen resolution. Like the original iPad and iPad 2, the iPad mini sports a 1024x768 resolution screen. Compared to the competition from
Barnes and Noble
, the iPad mini comes up short:
Kindle Fire HD 7": 1280x800
Kindle Fire HD 8.9": 1920x1080
Nook HD 7": 1440x900
Nook HD+ 8.9": 1920x1280
Despite the seemingly archaic screen resolution -- which is being retained to maintain compatibility with the existing iPad app library and to reduce power consumption -- Apple points to superb viewing angles and better color reproduction.
The iPad mini uses a dual-core A5 processor, faster WiFi, Lightning connector, and includes a 5MP cameras on the back. The iPad mini is just 7.2mm thin, and weighs just 0.68 pounds. Battery life is rated at 10 hours.
The iPad mini starts at $329 for the 16GB model; add $100 for 32GB and $200 for 64GB. If you want LTE, you can add an additional $130 to each of those prices. The iPad mini will be available for pre-order starting Friday. The WiFi models will ship November 2.
The 9.7" iPad also got an update (now called the fourth generation model), and uses an A6X processor which is twice as fast as the previous A5X. It also has twice the graphics performance. The device has been updated with a FaceTime HD camera, Lightning dock connector, and faster Wi-Fi. It will also be available for pre-order on Friday.
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RE: Resolution is important, right? No, it's just size?
10/24/2012 10:13:41 AM
I think you're a little confused, and/or just buying into whatever they say. Through the current product cycle(s) Apple has been all about upping resolution. They've even coined their own marketing buzzword for high pixel density displays. Then, yesterday, they say that a lower res. larger screen is better than a higher density screen, and that doesn't seem a little odd to you?
AND, the A5 is faster than the Tegra 3, now? Yeah... It's got two fewer, slower A9 cores + a similar GPU (although, again, lower res. so, it won't be worked as hard). You could argue that the iPad mini is a little better for some gaming situations, and that's about it.
I would expect it to have better battery life. Lower resolution screens tend to use less power, and, really, Apple is just GOOD at battery life. No argument there.
Honestly, "I've already bought into the Apple ecosystem, and I want a cheaper/smaller iPad" is the reason to buy this thing. If you're comparing specs to competitors products at all, you probably aren't the target market for the iPad mini. It's a device Apple
to release; not one that they wanted to release. They're making the best of it, though, as they should.
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