News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday October 23, 2012.
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Apple today confirmed the rampant speculation is true: Apple will release the iPad Mini, a scaled-down iPad designed for one-hand usage. The Apple iPad Mini is made of aluminum and features a 7.9-inch screen with 1024 x 768 resolution. It has a dual-core A5 chip, a FaceTime HD front-facing camera, a 5 megapixel iSight rear camera, and the ability to connect to LTE or Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n.
The Apple iPad Mini measures at 7.2 mm (0.28in) thin, which is 23 percent thinner than the fourth generation iPad and about the same thickness of a pencil. It weighs 308.44g (0.68 pounds), which is 53 percent lighter than the fourth generation iPad. Just like the fourth generation iPad, the iPad Mini features an advertised 10 hour battery life, a Lightning charging cable, and a Smart Cover that can wake or put the device to sleep when opened or closed. The similarities between the larger iPad and the iPad Mini was a point of contention through Apple's special event to announce the product because Apple wants to convey that this is "a concentration, not a reduction" of the larger tablet, according to Apple design guru Sir Jony Ive.
The iPad Mini will cost $329 for 16GB, $429 for 32GB, and $529 for the 64GB models. Apple will also release cellular models for connecting to various wireless networks two weeks after the general release of the Wi-Fi only model. Pre-orders will begin this Friday.source: Apple
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