Today Apple officially revealed the long-rumored iPad mini, but that’s not all they had for us. The company also revealed a fourth-generation full-size iPad, keeping the same form factor as the previous model, while increasing processor speed and introducing the lightning connector.
First let’s talk about the iPad mini that we were all so anxiously waiting for. The screen size has been reduced to 7.9-inches, but the bezel around the screen has also lost some width, which will allow users to hold the device in one hand. The display resolution is 1024×768, the same as the iPad 2, but because it’s a smaller screen Apple says the picture will look better.
Much like the iPhone 5 that was revealed last month, the iPad mini will come equipped with Apple’s new Lightning connector, replacing the classic 30-pin connector. It also sports the 5mp iSight camera in the back, will be compatible with LTE cellular networks, and gets processing power from the A6 chip. Color options are the same as iPhone 5 — black/slate or white/silver. Starting price for a 16gb Wifi model is set at $329 while the most expensive 64gb WiFi/LTE model comes in at $659.
Apple also unveiled the fourth-generation iPad, which keeps the same dimensions as the previous model, but introduces a new A6x processor that Apple claims is 2x more powerful than the current iPad processor. The new tablet is also getting an updated display, even better than the Retina display seen on the third-generation iPad. Like all of Apple’s recent releases, the fourth-generation iPad will also feature the new lightning connection. pricing for this model stay the same, starting at $499 for the 16GB WiFi-only model.
Pre-orders begin this Friday, October 26th with shipping scheduled in the weeks to follow. Both new WiFi iPad models will be available in stores on November 2. WiFi + Cellular models will be available in mid-November.