Apple iPad Mini and iPad 4

October 23, 2012 | Mark Goldstein | Accessories, Digital | 11 Comments |
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The Apple iPad Mini is a new 7.9-inch tablet. 23 percent thinner and 53 percent lighter than the third generation iPad, the iPad Mini has Multi-Touch display, FaceTime HD and iSight cameras, ultrafast wireless performance and 10 hours of battery life. iPad mini comes in a new aluminium and glass design that is just 7.2 mm thin and weighs only 0.68 pounds.

The iPad 4 features a 9.7-inch Retina display, new Apple-designed A6X chip that delivers up to twice the CPU performance and up to twice the graphics performance of the A5X chip, 10 hours of battery life, FaceTime HD camera and ultrafast wireless performance.

Both iPad mini and fourth generation iPad come with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features.

Apple Press Release

Apple Introduces iPad mini

Unveils New Fourth Generation iPad with Retina Display, Faster A6X Chip, FaceTime HD Camera & Ultrafast Wireless

SAN JOSE, California?October 23, 2012?Apple today introduced iPad mini, a completely new iPad design that is 23 percent thinner and 53 percent lighter than the third generation iPad. The new iPad mini features a stunning 7.9-inch Multi-Touch display, FaceTime HD and iSight cameras, ultrafast wireless performance¹ and an incredible 10 hours of battery life²?every inch an iPad, yet in a revolutionary design you can hold in one hand. Apple today also announced the fourth generation iPad featuring a gorgeous 9.7-inch Retina display, new Apple-designed A6X chip, FaceTime HD camera and ultrafast wireless performance. Both iPad mini and fourth generation iPad come with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features.

“iPad mini is every inch an iPad. With its gorgeous 7.9-inch display, iPad mini features the same number of pixels as the original iPad and iPad 2, so you can run more than 275,000 apps designed specifically for iPad,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPad mini is as thin as a pencil and as light as a pad of paper, yet packs a fast A5 chip, FaceTime HD and 5 megapixel iSight cameras and ultrafast wireless?all while delivering up to 10 hours of battery life.”

iPad mini comes in a beautiful new aluminium and glass design that is just 7.2 mm thin and weighs only 0.68 pounds. The 7.9-inch Multi-Touch display delivers the same iPad experience users have come to expect, in a design that has 35 percent more screen real estate than 7-inch tablets and up to an astonishing 67 percent more usable viewing area when browsing the web. The dual-core A5 chip delivers responsive graphics and a fast, fluid Multi-Touch experience, while still providing all-day battery life.

iPad mini features a front-facing FaceTime HD camera and a 5 megapixel iSight camera on the back with advanced optics for taking sharp still pictures and recording full 1080p HD video. The iSight camera includes video image stabilisation and both cameras feature backside illumination to let users capture great pictures in low light. iPad mini also allows easy sharing of photos with friends and family using iCloud’s Shared Photo Streams.

iPad mini features dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi support for speeds up to 150 Mbps,³ which is twice the Wi-Fi performance compared to previous iPad models. iPad mini is available in Wi-Fi + Cellular models which are world-ready with built-in support for ultrafast wireless standards, including LTE¹ and DC-HSDPA, so you can browse, download and stream content fast from wherever you are. iPad mini data plans will be available with no contract so you can simply sign up and activate service directly from your iPad.? The Personal Hotspot feature means you can share a fast cellular data connection via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB with up to five other devices such as MacBook Pro, iPod touch or another iPad.?

The new fourth generation iPad features the amazing 9.7-inch Retina display and includes a new Apple-designed A6X chip that delivers up to twice the CPU performance and up to twice the graphics performance of the A5X chip, all while delivering an incredible 10 hours of battery life in the same thin and light iPad design. Other new features include a FaceTime HD camera, twice the Wi-Fi performance when compared to previous iPad models and support for additional LTE carriers worldwide.?

iPad mini and fourth generation iPad both feature support for the Lightning connector that is smaller, smarter and more durable than the 30-pin connector. Lightning connector accessories are available to support cameras, SD cards and VGA or HDMI digital video.? Existing iPad Smart Covers and the iPad Smart Case are compatible with fourth generation iPad, and new polyurethane Smart Covers custom-designed for iPad mini are available in pink, green, blue, light gray, dark gray and (PRODUCT) RED for £35.

iPad runs over 700,000 apps available on the App Store, including more than 275,000 apps designed specifically for iPad, from a wide range of categories including books, games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel. iPad also supports the more than 5,000 newspapers and magazines offered in Newsstand and the more than 1.5 million books available on the iBookstore. The iTunes Store puts the world’s most popular online music, TV and movie store at your fingertips with a catalogue of over 26 million songs, over 190,000 TV episodes and over 45,000 films. The new iBooks app for iPad lets users read ebooks in over 40 languages. iBooks also lets users experience an entirely new kind of ebook that’s dynamic, engaging and truly interactive. Ebooks created with Apple’s new iBooks Author offer gorgeous, fullscreen ebooks with interactive animations, diagrams, photos, videos, custom fonts, mathematical expressions and much more.

Pricing & Availability
iPad mini with Wi-Fi models will be available in black & slate or white & silver on Friday, November 2, for a suggested retail price of £269 inc VAT (£224.17 ex VAT) for the 16GB model, £349 inc VAT (£290.83 ex VAT) for the 32GB model and £429 inc VAT (£357.50 ex VAT) for the 64GB model. The fourth generation iPad with Wi-Fi models will also be available on Friday, November 2, in black or white for a suggested retail price of £399 inc VAT (£332.50 ex VAT) for the 16GB model, £479 inc VAT (£399.17 ex VAT) for the 32GB model and £559 inc VAT (£465.83 ex VAT) for the 64GB model. iPad mini and the fourth generation iPad will be sold through the Apple Online Store (http://www.apple.com/uk), Apple’s retail stores, and select Apple Authorised Resellers in the US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

iPad mini with Wi-Fi + Cellular and fourth generation iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular will start shipping a couple of weeks after the Wi-Fi models. iPad mini with Wi-Fi + Cellular will be offered for a suggested retail price of £369 inc VAT (£307.50 ex VAT) for the 16GB model, £449 inc VAT (£374.17 ex VAT) for the 32GB model and £529 inc VAT (£440.83 ex VAT) for the 64GB model. Fourth generation iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular will be offered for a suggested retail price of £499 inc VAT (£415.83 ex VAT) for the 16GB model, £579 inc VAT (£482.50 ex VAT) for the 32GB model and £659 inc VAT (£549.17 ex VAT) for the 64GB model. Additionally, iPad 2 is available at £399 inc VAT (£332.50 ex VAT) for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and just £479 inc VAT (£399.17 ex VAT) for the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model.

Customers can begin pre-ordering all models of iPad mini and all models of the fourth generation iPad on Friday, October 26 through the Apple Online Store in the US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

¹LTE is available through select carriers. Network speeds are dependent on carrier networks. Check with your carrier for details.
²Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.
³Based on theoretical speeds, actual speeds may vary.
?Only available on some carriers.
?Personal Hotspot requires supporting data plan. Customers should check with their carrier for availability.
?LTE is available through select carriers.
?Sold separately.
Video content varies by country.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.



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#1 newoldmate

Haha what a joke.

Too little, too late and too expensive.

Apples new slogan.

10:53 pm - Tuesday, October 23, 2012

#2 Justin

Is this a photography website?, more midrange apple products for their zombie customers to waste their money on, no micro sd slot still, get a clue apple

11:56 pm - Tuesday, October 23, 2012

#3 Chris

The two previous comments are obviously prejudiced sad people who have nothing else better to do than complain about somebody else's choice of tablet.

How much are you being paid by Google?

10:20 am - Wednesday, October 24, 2012

#4 Justin

No chris I use an ipad 3 at work and it is a nice device, I just don't understand the hype around their so called new products which are behind the times and still have to do everything through iTunes which is a nightmare. No expandable storage for drag and drop files just seems ridiculous

1:04 pm - Wednesday, October 24, 2012

#5 Chris

So, Justin, your solution is to insult millions of users who are happy with their product.

If your device doesn't do what you want, what do you do, result to cheap insults. Solves nothing.

Why don't you do something constructive, like, find a solution that works instead of bitching about it.

I process most of my photos on my iPad, I use Abobe Revel, Transfer app, an eyefi card. It is a solution that works wonderfully for me.

Find a solution that works for YOU (even if it is Android or Surface) and then, for Pete's sake, stop whining.

2:03 pm - Wednesday, October 24, 2012

#6 newoldmate

Hahaha "do something constructive" says the guy who has written a longer whinier comment than anyone else.

Paid by Google to point out the obvious?

Another defensive apple fanboy.

I had a 1st gen ipad, the apps were great and i loved using it on the couch to browse then net. I sold it six months later though, as I was fed up with the lack of flash support for even simple things like comment boxes and forums, and i found i wasnt able to use it for my photography processing as i hoped. But I'm sure you'll tell me that its poor web design and not the fault of a feature lacking device. Or suggest the typical iOS solution of downloading an app version of the website.

I had a 2010 15" macbook pro that i got primarily to run Traktor on, in conjunction with my S4 mixer. I found it great for web browsing, the touch pad is unsurpassed, and it handled Lightroom with ease, but the OS was too "behind the scenes" for me and even after all these years, is still severely lacking in support from developers, so i had to rely on my desktop pc for a lot things.

I have a Samsung GalaxyS2 and had to send it away to be repaired after owning it for six months. It returned and still had problems that were not fixed until the most recent update. Its been a love hate relationship, there were times when i was close to snapping it in half, but i would go through it all again than put up with the limitations of an iphone. No bluetooth, itunes, no flash, cant download files (cant buy music from beatport) and lets face it, iOS' "pages of icons" design is boring. That stability that fanboys love to tote, is a result of simple software running on closed hardware. Duh.

I have a blackberry playbook that i bought primarily for the Pacemaker dj app. What sealed the deal for me was the ability to run android apps, full flash support, hdmi out and it was a bargain too.

Ultimately i would love a samsung slate, but i cant afford one.

Im not biased, I call it how i see it. I dont spin bullshit in order to save face.

The ipad mini is long overdue, its over priced and its nothing new. Its the truth, dont take it personally, you just come off sounding like a fanboy even if you're not.

Apple are very slowly starting to add features or release products that have been around for years. They are a stubborn company that refuse to do what others are doing or have done, for fear they wont be original or appear to be conforming to standards. Lets not even get into the childish legal issues that are ongoing.

The day they support bluetoothing and downloading files, it will be considered a revolution and be the basis of a major new product release. The fans will then rave about it and we will be having the same discussion on the forums about how its too little too late.

As simple as a Leica camera is, and how lacking in features they are for what they cost, the fact is, they are a brilliant camera if you can afford one. There is only one real alternative to a Leica digital M and that is an Epson r-d1s (i own one, i know). Until the market is flooded with alternatives, leica can continue to do things the apple way, and make small infrequent updates and charge high prices.

Apple cant do this anymore. They aren't the only company with a good touch screen device. The market is flooded with great devices that are getting more powerful every day. The hardware is now so powerful, that the stability and smoothness that seamed to be an iphone exclusive, is now everywhere, but with so much more to offer than iOS.

Apple products are expensive (for what you get) and for a while now they have been lacking in basic features and are generally behind the times. I dont care, it doesnt bother me, i wont buy their products again. What i do care about is apple fanboys who are blind to all this and back up their bullshit because they are either too proud or stupid to admit its right.

I wasnt whining and i didnt go out of my way to post my comment for any other reason than to express my shock that the rumours were true. The price leaks were true. The specs and features were true.

The fact is, the ipad mini is overdue, its over priced and its lacking in features that are now standard.

So there you go. Not paid by google, just an educated unbiased opinion that obviously needed to be explained to you.

11:56 pm - Wednesday, October 24, 2012

#7 newoldmate

Justin, your comment was a tad insulting.

To zombies that is, cause they're awesome. They're honest and don't like apples.

12:26 am - Thursday, October 25, 2012

#8 Steve

as nice as i'm sure it is, with the Kindle Fire being so much cheaper I can't see them selling as well as the full size ipad

2:01 pm - Thursday, October 25, 2012

#9 Chris

Dear newoldmate,

You are obviously a Zombie, you don't like apples and like a Zombie, you are also absolutely brain dead.

It amused me to read such drivel, thanks for the laugh.

10:12 pm - Thursday, October 25, 2012

#10 Dave

Tell ya what - whilst you guys squabble amongst yourselves (a form of pissing in the wind, I might add), the rest of us will enjoy our Apple products. ;-)

4:44 pm - Friday, October 26, 2012

#11 Seb Webster

Hi,
I work for a company called The Snugg, we are the biggest seller of iPad case’s in the USA and in the UK. We specialise in making top quality case that come in a variety of different colours and styles. I’m emailing you to see if you would be interested in doing a couple or more reviews on our products. This is how it works; you have to be able to write an honest opinion on the case which consists of what you think, what the quality of the case is like and if you would inform a close friend or family member about the snugg, something along those lines. If you are interested in doing a case review you can pick which products you would prefer to review and after it is completed and posted on a blog or forum you can keep the case’s free of charge.
We also require you to add in keywords to the links to your review. For example, if you are reviewing the 'Snugg iPad3 Case Cover and Stand Ultra Thin Version Black', the link to the product page should say 'Snugg iPad3 Case'. This is something that is really important in the review so please add it in.
To contact us please e-mail me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with your Full Name, link to your blog or forum (If you have one) and your Address so we can get the products to you.
Kindest Regards,
Seb

1:28 pm - Wednesday, January 30, 2013