iPad mini Set to Ship November 2nd

iPad mini Set to Ship November 2ndDuring a press event on Tuesday, Apple confirmed previous reports surrounding the iPad mini. The new, smaller iPad comes at a starting price of $329 and features a 7.9-inch screen.

With the iPad mini, Apple hopes to create a strong presence in the budget tablet space alongside the Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD. At a price just above that of the base 7-inch tablet space, the iPad mini may indeed develop a strong presence in a market currently dominated by Android tablets.

Tim Cook announced that Apple had crossed the 100 million sale mark for its iPad line of products. He went on to note that more iPads had sold than any PC manufacturer had sold of their entire PC lineup. Not bad for a tablet that costs as much as a standard Windows PC.

On the surface, the iPad mini looks like a smaller version of the iPad 2. No Retina display or A6X processor is present in this release.

Here’s a look at what we now know about the iPad mini.

  • Screen Size: 7.9″ (29.6 square inches)
  • Resolution: 1024 x 768
  • Processor: Dual-Core A5
  • Wireless: 4G LTE / 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Camera(s): FaceTime HD Front-Facing / 5MP iSight
  • Thickness: 7.2mm
  • Weight: 0.68 lbs.
  • Colors: Black and White
  • Lightning Connector
  • Battery: 10 Hours
  • Price:
    • Wi-Fi – 16 GB $329 / 32 GB 429 / 64 GB $529
    • Wi-Fi + Cellular – 16 GB $429 / 32 GB $559 / 64 GB $659

New Smart Covers were also unveiled, which provide a bit more protection than the standard cover offered for the larger iPad.

For the price, the iPad mini certainly provides a lot of value. Initially, the product appears to be a great choice for parents with kids who could use a tablet, but are reluctant to hand over a $500 piece of hardware.

Like its larger cousin, the iPad mini is still an iPad at heart. It doesn’t really introduce anything remarkably different to the line aside from a smaller size and price tag. Could it convince Android users to make the switch? Probably not any more than the iPhone 5.

The iPad mini is set to ship on November 2nd and can be ordered starting this Friday.

Image: Apple

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  • http://twitter.com/dihart73 Dirk Hartwich

    Thanks for that article. Nice job. I’ll probably get the iPad mini just to add a third Apple-product to my workspace. It’s a really tempting product and it offers pretty much all I need and want.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathanhirt Jonathan Hirt

    It’s pretty darn nice looking…But I went with the Kindle Fire HD. I knew the iPad Mini was coming, but there’s something special about the Fire. I think it’s that the OS doesn’t look exactly like my phone.

  • EJ

    So if “Samsung ripped off the idea of the Samsung Galaxy Tablet form Apple’s Ipad”. Wouldn’t you say apple ripped the idea of the Ipad mini from the Galaxy Note ?

  • Olian

    Not when the new Google Android Nexus tablet on Friday is going to be double specs and half the price, with carrier support.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/gpowerf G.Power

    Still too pricey given the competition. I have a New iPad (OK, it is no longer that New. But that’s what it’s called) which I largely bought to enjoy the novelty of the retina display, and let me just say that it has been worth it to enjoy the wonderful display, but it has been a little bit of a love hate relationship with the thing.

    I like the current iPad, but only as play thing and for Web browsing. I just don’t get on with it for anything more, I’d rather take a small laptop.

    I do love the idea of a smaller 7 inch tablet, as then there is a massive weight saving over the laptop (compared to the iPad, which in all honesty is surprisingly heavy). But if I am only going to be Web browsing and playing games with it… I can think of much cheaper alternatives. Dare I say it, but how bad could the Kindle Fire HD be? Surely it can browse the Web and play games effectively, right?

  • Curtis Coburn

    I can see this selling well, but see it taking away from iPod Touch’s. If it were me, I would pay an extra $40 to get the iPad Mini. But I don’t see this taking on the Google Nexus 7, or the Kindle Fire HD because it’s still well about their prices. If all you want to do is surf the web, those devices can handle them with ease. But I know it’s relative. If you are already built in the Apple ecosystem, then it will be well worth your money.

    • http://chris.pirillo.com/ Chris Pirillo

      Even if you don’t see it taking on the Nexus 7 / Kindle Fire HD, it’s going to be enough to give consumers pause.
      Both Diana and my father both look at items that seem similar and – in comparing prices – wonder why one is more expensive than the other. “It must be better” or “The cheaper one must be of poorer quality.”
      That perception could actually work against Google / Amazon as much as a higher price might work against Apple.

      • Curtis Coburn

        I agree. It will make a pause on the other companies. Cheaper tablets like the Nexus 7 and Kindle are great devices, just because they are cheap they are still great devices. They can be more expensive too and still be great devices. It all really depends on the ecosystem you live in that will really make the best price for a person.

  • Dane Reynolds

    this is Ipad Mini is terrible the Spec’s are shite, there’s no Retina the processor is yesterdays tech and for god sake apple fucking change the design, people are getting bored of it!!!

    • http://chris.pirillo.com/ Chris Pirillo

      If it’s not for you, move on.

      Complaining about something you don’t have or don’t want is… pointless.

  • Dane Reynolds

    Oh and Chris your an idiot to even think that the price means something!!! you said ” if it’s cheaper it can’t be as good” i’m sorry but do you even understand Spec’s the nexus is running the latest hardware and if we compare that to the Ipad mini well your a fool.

    • http://chris.pirillo.com/ Chris Pirillo

      Yes, I’m the fool.

      • Dane Reynolds

        you say your passionate about Tech but you fail to look up the floors in it, what you’ve done is seen that the ipad mini has an apple logo and then said it’s good, you’ve failed to do what you say you do!

        • http://chris.pirillo.com/ Chris Pirillo

          I’ve failed to do what, exactly?

          I’m sorry, I didn’t realize the onus was on me to prove a negative.

          • Dane Reynolds

            no disrespect Chris, i’m more of a windows fan… actually i’ve bought a surface but kind of worried about the lack of apps!

          • http://chris.pirillo.com/ Chris Pirillo

            I bought a Surface, too. Apps will come.

          • Dane Reynolds

            well i believe Microsoft should announce a competition for coders to make apps when i was a tester for windows 8 it was very limited, and slightly boring! and there was only 400 apps. +also looking forward to your opening and review…. what surface did you buy???