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By John Thrasher (@jthrasher) at 1:51 pm, October 23, 2012

Today Apple has announced a smaller version of its hugely successful iPad: the iPad mini. And that isn’t all.

Streaming the event live to the world from the California Theater in San Jose, California, Apple announced a long-rumored miniature version of the iPad known as the iPad mini. The company also announced new MacBooks, Mac Minis, and iMacs.

The iPad (4th generation):

  • Faster performance and better graphics: A6X chip – “I can’t even see the competition in the rear view mirror.” (Phil Schiller)
  • Same 10-hour battery life
  • FaceTime front side camera now HD (720p)
  • Expanded LTE (better and faster data)
  • 2x faster Wi-Fi
  • Lightning connector like new iPhones/iPod touch
    iPad mini:

  • You can hold it in one hand
  • It’s an entirely new design with aluminum/glass enclosure similar to iPhone 5
  • “Beautiful from every angle. Incredibly thin and light.”
  • 7.2mm thin (23% thinner than 4th gen iPad – as thin as a pencil)
  • .68 lbs (as light as a pad of paper)
  • Available in black and white
  • 7.9 inches diagonally
  • Not retina display
  • WiFi models (16GB – $329, 32GB – $429, 64GB – $529)
  • WiFi + cellular models (16GB – $459, 32GB – $559, 64GB – $659)
  • WiFi model ships November 2, Wifi+data ships November 16. Pre-orders begin Friday, October 26.

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    In addition to the product reveal, Apple announced that it sold more than 5 million iPhone 5′s in the first weekend. It was the most phones sold in an opening weekend ever. 200 million devices are now running iOS 6. 300 billion iMessages have been sent since the launch of the feature with iOS 5, and 28,000 iMessages are sent per second.

    • http://twitter.com/MaireadNguyen Mairead Nguyen

      John, the California Theatre is in San Jose, not San Fran.

      • http://hypable.com John Thrasher

        All these SAN cities in California, I can’t keep up! Thanks, Mairead, updating now! :)

    • Dlmarvin05

      Because we all need more Apple in our lives T.T

    • potterjay

      iPad mini= slightly larger iPod touch?

    • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.landeen Kevin Landeen

      I’m more interested in the new iMac

    • http://twitter.com/JazzMetz Jazz

      While I know it makes sense when considering the pricing of their other devices and for the quality, I’m still just a little disappointed in the pricing of the iPad mini.

    • http://twitter.com/noonington Twonk~

      So… it’s an iPod touch.

      • http://hypable.com John Thrasher

        I would tend to agree with this but I would use the mini as an e-reader too (already use my iPad 1 as one), which I would never do on an iPod. Same with videos and games – would never prefer iPod touch over this.

        • For Frodo

          But not retina display… All apple products have retina display except for this one, how hard would it be to add the feature to the mini?

          • Lucki

            It is meant to be competing with other tablets with smaller form factors. These smaller tablets are seen as a budget alternative to the iPad, Apple are launching the iPad mini to be their own budget alternative. Sticking a retina display on will increase the price significantly, rather defeating the point.

    • http://hypable.com John Thrasher

      As someone who commutes professionally, I’m excited for a mini and will be updating from my now obsolete iPad 1.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=17127641 Laura Jurgensmeyer

      I wish there was a picture comparing the size to the iPad! Or the iPod Touch.

      • Audie

        It’s in the video on apples website

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=17127641 Laura Jurgensmeyer


    • http://twitter.com/sahina91 Sahina91

      …then an iPad 5 in a years time, iPhone 5s in a few months with new iPods too.
      i haven’t even bothered updating my iPad 2 to iOS 6.

      Apple need to slow down.

      • Lucki

        But you are not going to be forced to update to the iPad 5 or the iPhone 5s. Apple has never released a new version of a product and made the previous version completely obsolete. My gen 2 iPod still works as well with iTunes as my current iPod. IOS 6 was released for a wide range of their devices. Apple don’t need to slow down. People need to use common sense and decide whether they need to upgrade the hardware they have.

    • Glaciusx


      • Lucki

        Why? Are you contractually obligated to buy every Apple product released. There are people who would like a smaller iPad. Apple have recognised this and responded. Supply and Demand just like any other business.

        • blackiko

          No, we aren’t obligated to buy the new Apple products. However, I would like my stuff to not turn obsolete in less than a year.

    • guest

      Next thing you know it’ll be available in 15 colors.

    • https://www.youtube.com/TheBabarSuhail Babar Suhail

      An apple a day keeps the doctor away, because you can’t afford to go see a doctor.

    • RumbleroarLuna

      iPad mini aka iPod Touch huge (or another adjective I can’t think of one that would work well.

    • http://twitter.com/bowski477 Jill

      Cool but overpriced like all Apple products. Comparable Android 7″ tablets are under the $300 mark. I do like Apple products but not at the prices they ask :/

    • Caleb A

      I’m going to wait till Christmas and buy it on amazon for the used price

    • http://www.facebook.com/eric.buxton.58 Eric Buxton

      The new iPad is such a kick in the stomach to every who bought the new iPad earlier this year

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