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October 24, 2012

Apple unveils iPad Mini, price starts at $329

Apple had saved their best device for last as the rumored iPad Mini was the last device that was unveiled during the event. Along with the announcement of the 7.9-inch iPad, the Cupertino based company also introduced the successor of the New iPad dubbed as the 4th Generation iPad.


The iPad 4th Generation features an A6X processor which is said to have double the CPU and GPU performance compared to the A5X. The fourth iteration of the iPad is imbued with the new image signal processor just like the iPhone 5. The FaceTime camera is also improved a bit which now shoots at 720p. It still has the same Retina display of its predecessor and the same mileage in term of battery life of which goes up to 10 hours. Both the iPad Mini and the 4th Gen iPad also possess the smaller Lightning port which was first introduced on the iPhone 5.

The 16GB Wi-Fi only version costs $499 while the 3G-enabled one will set you back $629.

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As it turns out, the rumors about a smaller iPad was right all along. The iPad Mini sports a 7.9” screen which has the same resolution as the iPad 2 (1024 x 768). Its body is only 7.2mm thin and only weighs 308g. Its posterior is outfitted with the same material as the iPhone 5.

Some of its features include a Dual-core A5 processor, 1080 video recording through its 5MP iSight camera paired with a 720p FaceTime snapper.

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The iPad Mini is available in three storage capacities, 16, 32 and 64GB which will cost $329, $429 and $519 respectively. If you want LTE connectivity to go along with your smaller iPad with it, it’ll set you back an additional $130. Pre-orders for the iPad Mini and 4th Gen iPad starts on October 26 with the Wi-Fi only versions destined for shipping starting the 2nd of next month.

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51 Responses to “Apple unveils iPad Mini, price starts at $329”

  1. ecaps24 says:

    Apple logo is quite expensive.

  2. ecaps24 says:

    If you’re tired of carrying two devices, phone and tablet, then go for the note2. The 5.5″ HD AMOLED is already a great viewing experience. It will fit in you pocket unless you wear tight jeans.lol

    • Mozart says:

      But it’s still not Retina display. It’s still huge in my opinion (as a phablet).
      And Apple is expensive because it’s really high quality. Matibay ang Apple products. If your device is under warranty and it broke down or something, just bring it to an Apple store and they’ll ship it off for replacement.

    • seven says:

      i agree with you escaps.. nway whats the use of retina display if you cant do so much with your ipad.. other than android i think windows 8 tablets will rape ipad or mini.. i think apple is not innovative as it was before..

    • ecaps24 says:

      @mozart,

      what would be the ideal size for a tablet? i’ve seen a note in samsung store and it actually fits in my hand.

      what are the other things you can do in an ipad mini or iphone apart browsing and apps which mostly can also be on android phones. Note 2 in my opinion beat the apple in every aspect.

    • prophylaxis says:

      galaxy note II is really stunning, but I don’t think it’s worth the price. A major deal breaker for me is the display (yes! the gorgeous display). It’s AMOLED: a younger, unstable display technology (compared to LCD), it’s Organic and gradually degrades with time,sensitive to light and very prone to screen burn in (screen ghosting).

    • ecaps24 says:

      @pro,

      Good points. However, my experiences with S-AMOLED are not on the same track as the things you said. I have a phone called Samsung Wave, which I am planning to replace next year with Note2, for 2 years and got no complains with the display.

  3. Sherwin says:

    I have a feeling the iPad mini would be the best selling iPad …

  4. mar
    Twitter: parkaerin
    says:

    The good thing is that, all the apps working on the current iPAD models are compatible w/ the iPAD mini. The app devs need not to make the same app w/ a different screen size unlike in iP5.

  5. prophylaxis says:

    i think $329 is the right price for it. compared with its main competitor, the nexus 7 (which is $250 for 16gb), it has an aluminum body, a larger screen and good quality rear and front facing cameras. Though it has a lower resolution (1024×768 vs 1280×800) display, i think it is intended since most of the ipad apps are created in this resolution. Making the display retina class will significantly increase its price (maybe even higher than that of the ipad 4) because a it will have a 2048-by-1536 resolution (greater pixel density=more difficult to process=more expensive).

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This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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