Apple’s plans seemed to have worked out smoothly, with the iPad mini and the fourth generation iPad going up for grabs on schedule. Both devices were unveiled back on October 23 and hit pre-order status towards the end of last month.
Apple has dressed the iPad mini in an aluminum and glass design. It’s 7.2mm thick and tips the scales at 0.68 pounds. Here, a 7.9-inch multi-touch LED-backlit IPS panel proffering a resolution of 1024 x 768p and a pixel density of 163ppi, is employed on the front. Powering up the device is the iOS 6 platform backed by a dual core A5 processor. It houses a 1.2MP FaceTime HD snapper on the front and a 5MP AF iSight camera on the rear which can record videos in 1080p and snap up images in low-light conditions owing to its BSI sensor.
The fourth generation iPad runs on the same OS as the aforementioned tablet and it packs in the same high resolution Retina display as its predecessor. The main modification carried out here is the processor which has been bumped up from the A5X to the A6X. On the connectivity front, both devices are equipped with Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and the Lightning connector. They even come in specific cellular models as well as support 3G and 4G LTE networks.
The iPad mini lands in 2 versions. The Wi-Fi only variant is currently available for purchase and it carries a $329 price tag for the 16GB version, $429 for the 32GB variant and $529 for the 64GB option. Similar to its smaller sibling, the Wi-Fi only fourth generation iPad can be picked up in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB choices for $499, $599 and $699, respectively. The Wi-Fi + cellular versions of both tablets arriving through Sprint in the US and EE in the UK are expected to hit stores in a couple of weeks’ time.