Apple has finally revealed the iPad Mini. The good news: it’s $170 cheaper than the standard, 9.7-inch iPad. The bad news: it’s pricey and won’t come equipped with the iPad’s popular Retina display.
Apple made the unveiling at a San Jose, California event earlier today. The iPad Mini was clearly the most interesting product the firm revealed, though the Cupertino-based company also showed off new renditions of the MacBook Pro, iMac, and standard iPad.
So, here’s the deal with the new iPad Mini: its screen is 9.7 inches across (diagonal). Its weight is well under one pound (0.68 lbs, to be precise) and it’s about as thin as a ballpoint pen (7.2 millimeters).
The device also comes equipped with a high-definition front-facing camera, a five megapixel iSight camera on the rear, and support for LTE cellular wireless. Apple says that the Mini’s battery will last about ten hours before a re-charge becomes necessary.
The big disappointment here may be the absence of the gorgeous “Retina” display found on the 3rd generation iPad. Instead, the iPad Mini boasts 1024 x 768 pixel resolution, putting it on par with the aging iPad 2.
Here’s hoping the absence of Retina doesn’t disappoint too much; of course, we won’t know more until we get our hands on the device after it goes on sale next Friday, November 2.
Like most Apple products, the iPad Mini seems curiously overpriced. The cheapest model, using WiFi and boasting a 16GB flash memory drive, will retail for $329. However, if you want to double the storage to 32GB the cost jumps to $429. For 64GB, you’re looking at $529.
Then there are versions of the iPad that add cellular support. These cost even more: $459 for 16GB, $559 for 32GB, and $659 for 64GB.
You do get some rewards for spending the extra cash, however. For example, the $199 7-inch Google Nexus 7 tablet is encased in plastic and has a surface area of 21.9 inches. By comparison, the iPad Mini is made of durable aluminum and has a surface area of 26.9 inches.
So, what do you guys think of the new iPad Mini? Would you buy one?