Apple’s CEO Tim Cook and VP of Marketing Phil Schiller were on a stage at the California Theatre in downtown San Jose on Tuesday, 10:00am Pacific Time, October 23, 2012. Those top executives from the world’s largest mobile devices company introduced a small tablet computer at a size of 7.9 inches (or, 20 cm) and will be called as iPad Mini.
According to Apple press release, the iPad Mini is about 23% thinner than the regular iPad or it measures at 7.2 millimeters. In term of weight, the Mini is about 53% lighter than the third-generation “New” iPad, or weight at 308 grams. In terms of price, the most affordable iPad Mini will come with a price tag of $329 which will include 16GB disc-space and Wi-Fi. For a new Mini with 16GB and equipped with cellular access will cost $459. The best iPad Mini has a price tag of $659, with 64GB disc-space and equipped to run on a wireless network (4G LTE).
There will be two types of color, black and white model. In term of power, iPad Mini uses a dual-core microprocessor known as A5 chip. For cellular access, the new tablet has an option to receive the ultrafast Internet access via wireless networks provided by mobile operators, including from AT&T and Verizon. Those two operators offer 4G LTE capability. The new tablet is equipped with a 5-megapixel digital camera. Similar to iPhone 5 smartphone, iPad Mini uses the new charger cable known as Lightning. A fully charged iPad can last at least 10 hours on its own battery power.
In America, pre-order will start on Friday (October 26). The device will be shipped seven days later (November 2) thru Post Office, or via express carriers such as UPS or FedEx. All Apple Store in America will open as usual office hours on November 2, and will start selling the iPad Mini to general public.
(Image: iPad Mini)