iPad mini hits Nov. 2 for $330
Apple finally confirms long-rumored smaller iPad revision; 7.9-inch Wi-Fi 16GB model hits early next month; fourth-generation iPad also announced.
Apple had more than a little to share during its media event today in San Jose, California, which was attended by GameSpot sister site CNET. The Cupertino technology giant finally announced the long-rumored iPad mini today, but that was not all. The company also took the wraps off a fourth-generation iPad, less than a year after the "new iPad" was announced.
As for the iPad mini, the device boasts a 7.9-inch IPS display and measures 7.2mm in thickness. A Wi-Fi-only version goes on sale November 2 beginning at $330. A 32GB model will be available at launch for $430, with a 64GB iteration launching at $530.
A 16GB Wi-Fi/4G iPad mini will hit shelves on November 16 at $460. Those looking for more memory can expect to pay $560 for a 32GB model, and $660 for the biggest 64GB iteration.
The iPad mini contains a dual-core A5 processor, a front-facing FaceTime HD camera, and a 5-megapixel camera on its backside. It also makes use of Apple's new Lightning connector, which was introduced with the iPhone 5 in September. Apple says the iPad mini battery will last 10 hours. Preorders begin Friday, October 26.
In what may have been considered a surprise, Apple also announced a fourth-generation iPad model today during its media presentation. The new device resembles the latest hardware revision, which was announced just seven months ago, and contains upgraded specs. The fourth-gen iPad boasts an A6X processor, as well as a Lightning connector, a high-definition front-facing camera, and double the Wi-Fi speed of the past model.
The new iPad will be available beginning November 2 at $500 for a 16GB Wi-Fi model and $630 for a 4G LTE version. Supported carriers include Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T. Preorders begin alongside the iPad mini on Friday, October 26.
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