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Apple Introduces the iPad mini

Earlier today, at an event in San Jose, California, Apple introduced the world to the new iPad mini.

SAN JOSE, California―October 23, 2012―Apple® today introduced iPad® mini, a completely new iPad design that is 23 percent thinner and 53 percent lighter than the third generation iPad. The new iPad mini features a stunning 7.9-inch Multi-Touch™ display, FaceTime® HD and iSight® cameras, ultrafast wireless performance¹ and an incredible 10 hours of battery life²―every inch an iPad, yet in a revolutionary design you can hold in one hand.  

“iPad mini is every inch an iPad. With its gorgeous 7.9-inch display, iPad mini features the same number of pixels as the original iPad and iPad 2, so you can run more than 275,000 apps designed specifically for iPad,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPad mini is as thin as a pencil and as light as a pad of paper, yet packs a fast A5 chip, FaceTime HD and 5 megapixel iSight cameras and ultrafast wireless―all while delivering up to 10 hours of battery life.” 

iPad mini comes in a beautiful new aluminum and glass design that is just 7.2 mm thin and weighs only 0.68 pounds. The 7.9-inch Multi-Touch display delivers the same iPad experience users have come to expect, in a design that has 35 percent more screen real estate than 7-inch tablets and up to an astonishing 67 percent more usable viewing area when browsing the web. The dual-core A5 chip delivers responsive graphics and a fast, fluid Multi-Touch experience, while still providing all-day battery life. 

Like the three previous 9.7-inch versions of the iPad, the new iPad mini will come in black and white models with or without cellular LTE version.

In addition to the iPad mini, Apple also announced a new line of Smart Covers for the new iPad

Pricing and Availability

The iPad mini will go on sale for pre-orders this Friday, October 26.  iPad mini will go on sale at Apple Stores and other Apple authorized retailers on Friday, November 2, at 8:00am.  The iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular models will go on sale on an unspecified date in November.

iPad mini will sell for $329 in the 16GB Wi-Fi only configuration and go up from there following the same pricing structure for incremental storage capacity and LTE cellular.

For more information, visit the Apple iPad mini website.