Apple iPad Mini – Officially Unveiled

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After a long applause from the gathered industry insiders and tech journalists, Phil Schiller, the Senior Vice President at Apple, unveiled the Apple iPad Mini. Long expected as the next addition to its product line, the iPad Mini will be Apple’s answer to the fierce competition within the ever crowded tablet market. A display measured at 7.9-inch diagonally, the new device will weigh around .68 pound, or as much a legal pad. And with a thickness of only 7.2mm, its no thicker than a normal No. 2 pencil. From appearance, its just like a miniature version of the regular iPad, though Apple execs stressed otherwise. To optimize user’s experience, Apple’s lead designer Jonathan Ive, along with the rest of his and engineering team went back to the beginning. By carefully eliminating and upgrading components, such a thinner 0.2mm display glass, Apple was about to create the thinnest and lightest iPad to date. Quipped with a Dual Core A5 Processor, a FaceTime HD front facing camera, a 5 megapixel iSight Camera at the rear, and the new Lightning connector, the new Apple iPad Mini comes in White & Silver or Black & Slate colorways. Pre-order for the Wi-Fi version is to start this Friday, October 26th with delivery date set on November 2nd. Availability for the Wi-Fi + Cellular version will follow two weeks afterwards.

Pre-Order Date: October 26th, 2012 (Friday)

Delivery Date: November 2nd, 2012 (Friday)

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Size + Weight

WiFi

  • Height: 9.50 inches (241.2 mm)

  • Width: 7.31 inches (185.7 mm)

  • Depth: 0.37 inch (9.4 mm)

  • Weight: 1.46 pounds (662 g)

WiFi + 4G

  • Height: 9.50 inches (241.2 mm)

  • Width: 7.31 inches (185.7 mm)

  • Depth: 0.37 inch (9.4 mm)

  • Weight: 1.46 pounds (662 g)

Display

  • Retina display

  • 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology

  • 2048-by-1536-pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi)

  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

  • Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously

Chip

  • Dual-core Apple A5X custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip with quad-core graphics

Cellular + Wireless

Wi-Fi

  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)

  • Bluetooth 4.0 technology

Wi-Fi + 4G

  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)

  • Bluetooth 4.0 technology

  • Wi-Fi + 4G for AT&T model: LTE (700, 2100 MHz)3; UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

  • Wi-Fi + 4G for Verizon model: LTE (700 MHz)3; CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz); UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

  • Data only4

Camera

  • 5-megapixel iSight camera

  • Autofocus

  • Tap to focus

  • Face detection in still images

  • Video recording, HD (1080p) up to 30 frames per second with audio

  • Video stabilization

  • FaceTime HD

  • Photo and video geotagging

Power + Battery

  • Built-in 16.3-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery

  • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music

  • Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system

Audio Playback

  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz

  • Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV

TV + Video

  • Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

  • Support for 1024 by 768 pixels with Dock Connector to VGA Adapter; 576p and 480p with Apple Component AV Cable; 576i and 480i with Apple Composite AV Cable (cables sold separately)

Sensors

  • Three-axis gyro

  • Accelerometer

  • Proximity sensor

  • Ambient light sensor

In The Box

  • iPhone 4

  • Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic

  • Dock Connector to USB Cable

  • USB Power Adapter

  • Documentation

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