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.

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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.

The iPad mini. Image credit: CNET
The iPad mini. Image credit: CNET

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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Windows 8 Tablets are going to smash the Ipad. Can't wait! An i7 in a tablet? Yep, sounds good. Apple had a good run, but it's about over folks. Time for apple to wrap it up. Once people see what these tablets can do, it's back to the drawing board for Apple. Don't believe me, go to BB and check one out. They are ridiculously awesome. Literally a desktop pc in your hands.

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@gpm23

do they have them at bb? I want to get one with an I3 in it.. the atom ones won't be able to handle imo even if they are new atom processors specifically made for the tablets I still don't trust them. Would rather pay an extra hundred or 2 and get a core processor, plus their built in graphics chips are halfway decent, can play some a lot of steam games on a intel hd 4000

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@gpm23 Whatever happens none of the other OS can compete with ios.They can't bring that butter smooth touch screen like ios

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Windows 8 is already butter smooth and has better functionality and is easier to use.

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@rarson @gokulgamer but can't penetrate the market that Apple dominates because of the pre-established install base that has cross compatibility with the same app store that iphones use. Windows 8 will sell, but it won't hurt Apple.

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@imm_84

You clearly don't know what you're talking about. Windows has ALWAYS had more functionality than OS X, because Apple locks down their operating system. iOS is the same way.

I get it, you're unable to operate a computer without crashing it because you don't pay attention to what you're doing. The Apple walled garden works for you because it doesn't let you do as much that can potentially screw the computer up. I can use a Windows PC just fine though, so I don't have the problems that you do.

Your sentence formatting tells me everything I need to know about you, and explains perfectly your interpretation of the two platforms. You probably haven't even used Windows in years on more than a miniscule level so you don't even understand how the operating system works. You're not even qualified to make statements about it, and yet here you are, making sweeping declarations.

Since you apparently can't see it coming, I'm going to let you in on a little secret: Apple computers are not long for this world. See, I can actually get a Windows tablet with a real, honest computer CPU inside it. i-devices only come with device SoCs (ARM CPUs). Apple is not interested in selling high-end, high-priced workstations that only sell small volume. They want to go where the money is, the portable (and disposable) consumer device market. When was the last time we heard fanfare about a Mac Pro? Even the MacBooks don't get as much fanfare as they used to. Notice the new iOS-like changes to OS X? OS X is going away, to be merged with iOS. MacBooks will transition to ARM and become another category of device (think iBook or something like that).

That'd be fine if iOS was actually a decent OS, but it's not. Even the stuff that it does well is mostly ripped off of Android and other products, and the limitations are just far too much for me to bother dealing with. I like an OS that actually lets me control what is happening, and iOS is not that. Using iOS means being forced to wait for basic features that other OSes already have while paying more for non-standard hardware. So even if my Windows PC crashes more frequently than your iPad (doubtful), it's because I'm using it more often because I'm doing a lot more with it.

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@rarson @gokulgamer please don't talk about functionality apple wins ... and will still keep winning for a long time to come ... wait till you see the blue screen of Death on a windows tablet ..lol

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Are they trying to compare prices with the Wii U? Talk about a lack of innovation..

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The hell...didn't the iPad 3 just come out this year? Talk about screwing over consumers...

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The iPad 4 announcement was a bit of an oddity, are they testing the market to see if they can cut the lifespan of there products in half now?

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ipad mini or ipod macro or dumbass

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I cant wait to see people carrying an iPhone, iPad, iPad mini and a macbook.

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@ALLoY1717 and the kids with all that will still be complaining "my parents never get me what i want QQ" LMAO

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And they will sell millions of them.......

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Did Apple get production advice from Activision?

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Milk more, apple.

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Wow what a steal...for Apple.

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The Mini is ridiculously overpriced. Who in their right mind would pay $330 for it when they could get a Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD for $200?

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@Phazor58 But the Nexus 7 and Kindle fire HD don't have that apple logo on them lol.

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yea I was expecting the mini to be 250 or 300 flat, but guess I was wrong. Might as well dish out the extra for a regular size ipad since ur already paying over the half the price of one..

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Idiots would.

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@rarson @Phazor58 and sheeps

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Ahhh the ipad mini...aka the iphone extra large (minus the 4G network)

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@Gravity_Slave actually they are offering LTE for iPad mini. It's basically a giant iPhone minus the phone part. Maybe even an actual phone if you FaceTime and use Skype.lo it's just money grab

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The iPad Mini is redundant as all hell. If I wanted small, I'd get a Kindle, if I wanted bigger, I'd get a real iPad.

A new f---ing iPad, really? They're not even trying to hide how hard they're milking their cow. God, I wish people would stop being sheep and watch Apple stock just take a massive landslide. All they can do is "better", but nothing "new". How absolutely disgusting.

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@KiLLLeR150 I know i wish i had bought apple stock 6 years ago....

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Stupid idea Apple!

Stop making the same things in different sizes and just stick to making iphones and ipods

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It will sell because small ideas amuse small minds and there are lots of small minds out there

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Yeah i dont doubt it wont sell.. i just think its a stupid idea!

Stop buying Apples cr*ppy products everyone, ur encouraging this!

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I'm surprised they'd show a new iPad already. I would think they'd want to keep selling the current model. Are they not selling well anymore?

$330 is too expensive for the Mini. You can get a Kindle Fire HD 7" tablet for $199. That's a lot cheaper than the iPad, and it has a better screen. The Apple has a sleeker form factor, but the proprietary connectors and iOS cage really put the Kindle over the top for me, even without considering the massive price difference.

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@rarson For 199 you get an ad supported Kindle.

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Uh, no. That's false. It's not ad-supported, it just runs an Amazon-customized interface. It's less customizable than vanilla Android, but guess what? The XDA community will take care of that.

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@rarson @BosoxJoe5 "For the end user, iOS sucks." Not according to the millions of people who think that iOS is a better experience.

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Yeah, plus Java runs on, like, everything. I used to dislike Java a lot, but it has come a long way.

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@BosoxJoe5 @rarson There is no way you can say Obj-C is more powerful than Java. I used to develop in Obj-C, Java and C#, Obj-C has it's benefits that is a given but Java is definitely a great language and you can do powerful stuff with both.

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With $15 you can remove those adds, I'm thinking about getting one after I get the Wii U,

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Just because you like developing for one more than the other doesn't mean it's "better." For the end user, iOS sucks.

I don't see that anywhere on the Kindle Fire HD page. Regardless, if the Kindle Fire HD isn't your thing, then maybe the Google Nexus is. After all, there are several Android tablets around that size that are still cheaper than the iPad.

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@rarson Have you tried developing for either of them? I have. Obj-C is a much more power full language then Java and the APIs are better on iOS. Simply put it is easier to develop better apps for the iOS hence why developers like it. Also Android has huge hardware and software fragmentation.

Go look at the Amazon page for the Kindle, you are buying a device supported by ads. When you put the device to sleep it becomes a billboard for Amazon. You can pay Amazon to remove this feature.

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So? It's a modified Unix environment, that completely locks down what the user can do. Android is not only more powerful, it's more customizable and easier to use. Doing things on iOS is often either more difficult or impossible. Android is Linux-based anyway, so why does the kernel matter?

I have no idea what you're talking about with "special offers." Devices always come with pre-installed software. That's why you uninstall the stuff you don't need.

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@rarson Also your attacks on the iOS seemed uninformed. It has a Mach Unix kernal. As a developer which I am I would rather program on the iOS over Android.

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@rarson It is "with special offers" what does that mean if not ad supported?

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premium company which charges premium prices for their so called premium products with not that impressive features to customers which are actually premium ripoffs

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I'm sorry, but what about a tablet is so necessary? If I have an iPhone (or Android phone really) and a laptop, in what way possible do I need a tablet? It's a completely superfluous item that nobody ACTUALLY needs, but wants for no reason other than to use as an e-reader. I prefer to spend less than $500 for my books.

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I tried putting my iPad in the wash to shrink it, but it didn't work.

Now I have a solution!

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Ok, so wait, the Ipad 4 is not only overpriced but also nearly the same as the last model? And the same for the mini? Sign me up!

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Many Foxconn Bothans died to bring us this iProduct.

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@gazza_gamerNZ You know what I find hilarious: Foxconn Bothans....Oh.....

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Yay, another $600 device with as much customization and flexible user options as a LeapFrog toy. These things should not exist in 2012.

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@Axe_Armor The vast majority of consumers aren't looking for customization.

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I can't say I blame Apple for this tasteless piece of work. Apple fanboys (and girls) cheer and scream about every iteration and update that Apple releases. I've said this in the article when the iPad Mini was a rumor, and I'll say it again:

And people say Nintendo has to many iterations. There's the iMac, iPad, iPhone, iPod, iPod Nano, and now, just in case, your needs cannot be filled by one of these iterations, there is an iPad Mini, which is small enough to look bad next to an iPad, and big enough to not fit in a pocket.

Congratulations Apple. You have won the award for "Best Failure".

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@craigprime the iMac is a desktop computer. The iPod, iPod Nano, and the iPhone are all targeted to music listeners with different needs. You may have a 160 gb iPod classic and an iPhone but you will never have iPod classic and an iPod Nano or a iTouch and an iPhone. iPad and the iPad Mini are again not to be own together. You buy one for your needs. Nintendo came out with three different DS they wanted you to buy.

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Honeslty, I can't blame Apple for providing variety in form factor. They're not the first ones to sell a 7" tablet. They're making these products because people are buying them. Some buy them just as a toy to play with. When they're only $199, they're not that expensive (of course, Apple is overpriced). There are reasons why someone might want one size instead of another. It's not like everyone is going to buy a phone, a small tablet, AND a big tablet.

I don't even own a tablet, and I don't really want one, but having an Android phone, I can see how they could be useful. Having a phone can eliminate the need for a tablet but the lack of real estate can't be escaped. I like to make music on my phone or my DS when I don't feel like doing it on the computer and I get buy with those, but it could definitely be easier with larger screens (in fact, for that reason I'm going to by a DSi XL).

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@craigprime Not to mention when Nintendo makes an update to their handhelds, it's usually an improvement, either making the screen bigger or just overall more comfortable. See: GBA -> GBA:SP, DS->DS Lite->DS XL, 3DS->3DS XL. All were better designs than the previous iteration. Apple, meanwhile, either keeps the same design year after year, or in this case goes the opposite direction.

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2 words: Planned Obsolescence

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