Apple iPad mini (preview)

Apple's iPad mini has a 7.9in display and features Australian 4G connectivity

Apple has finally made it official — the iPad mini is real. It features a 7.9in display with a non-Retina resolution of 1024x768, will run all existing iPad apps unmodified and includes 4G connectivity in Australia on the Telstra and Optus networks.

The Apple iPad mini is just 7.2mm thick, about 23 per cent thinner than the new fourth generation iPad. Apple claims it's thinner than a pencil and that the key point of the product is the fact you can hold it with one hand. It weighs just 312g and features a similar anodized aluminum finish to the iPhone 5.

Despite the reduction in size, Apple has stressed that the iPad mini "isn't just a shrunken down iPad". However, its specifications essentially make it a smaller iPad 2 with better cameras and 4G connectivity. It also runs the same dual-core A5 processor as the iPad 2.

The Apple iPad mini will run existing iPad apps normally with no modification required. The 7.9in screen is larger than most 7in Android tablets on the market, but it has the same 1024x768 resolution as the iPad 2.

Unlike the larger 3rd and 4th generation iPad models, the iPad mini doesn't have a "retina" display. That gives it a pixels per inch rating of 163ppi compared to the fourth generation iPad's 264ppi rating. The iPad mini has the same 10 hour battery life as the larger iPad.

The Apple iPad mini will run all existing iPad apps normally.The Apple iPad mini will run all existing iPad apps normally.

Apple was keen to point out that the iPad mini has a third larger display area than the Google Nexus 7 and a 50 per cent larger display area in the browser. The company claims that the number one use of the iPad is Web browsing.

The iPad mini includes 4G connectivity and it will work in Australia on the 1800MHz LTE networks used by Telstra and Optus. Like the larger iPad, the iPad mini will be available in Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G models in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities and will come in black and white variants. As expected, it uses the new 8-pin Lightning connector.

The iPad mini has a third larger display area than the Google Nexus 7 and a 50 per cent larger display area in the browser.The iPad mini has a third larger display area than the Google Nexus 7 and a 50 per cent larger display area in the browser.

The iPad mini has a 5-megapixel camera that's similar to the one used on the fourth generation iPad. It features a backside-illuminated sensor and doubles as a full HD 1080p video recorder. There's a front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera for Facetime calls.

The Apple iPad mini will be available to pre-order in Australia from Friday 26 October. The Wi-Fi only version will go on sale on Friday 2 November, but Wi-Fi + 4G model won't be available until "late November".

The iPad mini features the new 8-pin Lightning port, first introduced on the iPhone 5.The iPad mini features the new 8-pin Lightning port, first introduced on the iPhone 5.

Australian pricing for the iPad mini is as follows:

iPad mini 16GB — Wi-Fi: $369
iPad mini 32GB — Wi-Fi: $479
iPad mini 64GB — Wi-Fi: $589

iPad mini 16GB — Wi-Fi + 4G: $509
iPad mini 32GB — Wi-Fi + 4G: $619
iPad mini 64GB — Wi-Fi + 4G: $729

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Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

PC World
Topics: Apple iPad Mini, Apple, ios, tablets, iPad Mini, iPad




I wonder how many idiots who already own the bigger iPad will buy this one too...because it's Apple



Millions will, they are all sheep!!



Yep any apple fanboy idiot will buy it.... and the iPod touch should be call mini this one is the inbetweeny
I'm not a fan of apples product I got a touch but it collects dust. I use android its smokes apple with the unlimited internet control..

Solomon's Sword


So it's not an iTampon, but an iPanty?

Wonder if it will run 'Windows Suburban'? Psst: You are not allowed to call it 'Metro' any more.

Why not? You can run OSX on a Windows PC in a virtual machine, and Android shouldn't be too much of a challenge, given that OSX and Android are just Linux with fancy pictures.

Be hairy-chested - run all three - just for the laughs - worst of ALL worlds!



itampon i have that app



I'm never surprised by all the negative comments made against Apple products. Apple can't help it if it makes superior a nut shell, thats just what all this stuff is. If you don't like it don't buy it.



Apple website says it is NOT compatible with current Australian 4G LTE network.



Apple have updated website now and taken the 'NOT compatible with current Australian 4G LTE network' statement off, must have been a mistake. Someone would have got their ass kicked for that!



I saw some android pads yesterday, more expensive than apple, no waterproof covers available, no way of plugging into my music playing device. I'll just wait.

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