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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Heyyyyyy! Nothing to do with gaming!! Look at that -_-

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@m4a5 kinda does. I mean, I totally see your point. But whether you like it or not, it is considered a gaming platform now.

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@mateyman But he doesn't put up articles about other mobile devices that arguably are better gaming devices. Plus no mention of gaming capabilities....

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@m4a5 won't argue with you there man.

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My iPhone is to small but my iPad is to big! What am I supposed to do now?

Never fear, the iPad Mini is here!!!

Seriously, I thought the iPad was fucking retarded. Anyone who buys this thing has to be pants on head retarded.

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@vault-boy Never fear. :D

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"pants on head retarded" hahaha sorry im going to have to steal that

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wow what over price crap apple is stupid kindle fire hd here i come.

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Im sorry but for 330 might as well just upgrade to the bigger screen.

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@Frosty192 For $70 more you can get the ipad 2

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@hansolo1138 @Frosty192

I think the iPad 2 is going into retirement with the announcement of the iPad Mini.

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@deathstream @Frosty192

Unlikely. The Apple online store is still selling the iPad 2. They kill off the 3rd gen iPad though.

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The price is bull crap, as per usual. Don't buy it.

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@Big_Pecks

Why do you care? Buy what you want and shut up about what other people want to buy, I say.

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A 7.9 inch iPad for $330?! Where do I sign up?! I mean really it's like the Note 2 but minus the cell phone and even more awkward to hold, what's not to like? -_-

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$330? Lol, it's just impossible for Apple to release a product that is cheaper than its competition.

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@ChiefReaver I know, and its incredible how many people purchase this kind of garbage as well!

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hopefully they fixed the awfull heating problem on the iPad

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why re-release ipod?

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Can we say oversaturation?

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@jinzo9988 OMG, apple is going to do themselves in with these product releases with minor mods

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