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iPad Mini and 4th-gen. iPad officially announced

7.9" iPad Mini finally unveiled along with a refreshed new iPad

Rumors of a smaller iPad have been circling for months now, and Apple has finally made it official. With specs pretty much in line with what we'd previously heard, the iPad Mini will come with a 7.9", 1024x768 pixel display and a dual-core A5 processor. According to Apple, the device is 53% lighter than the new iPad and comes in at just 7.2mm thick. 

The folks over at Apple were adamant in stating that the iPad Mini "isn't just a shrunken-down iPad" and they spared no words in directly facing off against Google's Nexus 7 tablet by comparing bezel sizes and usable real estate. Otherwise, the Mini will come with optional LTE, a new Lightning connector and a 10-hour battery life. Unfortunately, the price range may not be as appealing as the other 7" tablets on the market, with the Mini starting off at $329 for the 16GB Wi-Fi and going up to $659 for the 64GB LTE model. Pre-orders will begin on October 26th and units will be available in stores on the 2nd of November.

While the iPad Mini had been pretty much known for quite a bit, Apple did have something else up their sleeves. It was only last March that Apple unveiled their 3rd-gen. new iPad, but they seem to have deemed it time for a refresh. Coming in November, the 4th generation iPad features an A6x processor, expanded LTE support and the new Lightning connector. Otherwise, the iPad is just the same as its 3rd-generation counterpart, and current owners may not have much of a reason to upgrade. The device will be available at the same price points as the previous generation, and pre-orders will begin October 26th.


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Omar Qudsi, 2012-10-23 (Update: 2012-10-23)