Apple Announces iPad Mini and New 4th Generation iPad

Apple had one of its best product launch event today. iPad Mini, the longest rumored compact version of iPad, was finally made official. Other than iPad Mini, Tim Cook and his team had lot many other things to unveil including new iMacs.

Keep reading to know all the announcements made on Apple’s big day.

Speaking Numbers

Like always, Tim Cook (CEO, Apple) took the stage to start bragging about the numbers to give a clear indication that Apple is still the number one technology company. Here are major figures he mentioned:

  • Apple sold 5 million iPhone 5′s devices during opening weekend – which Apple claims to be the fastest selling phone in history.
  • Tim Cook claims that over 3 million customers pre-ordered new iPod touch and iPod nano models.
  • Apple claimed that over 200 million devices are running iOS 6, that’s just after one month of its launch.
  • Apple has sold 100 million iPads till to date.
  • Over the last year, users have stored over 125 million documents in the company’s “Documents in the Cloud” service.
  • Since its introduction last year, users have sent over 300 billion iMessages. According to Cook, customers send over 28,000 iMessages each second.
  • Since its debut last month, users have shared over 70 million photos through the company’s “Shared Photo Streams” service.
  • Apple’s App Store has over 700,000 apps – 275,000 of which are designed specifically for the iPad
  • Some 35 billion apps have been downloaded from the store.
  • Apple says that it has paid out over $6.5 billion to developers.

 

iPad Mini is finally here to rival Nexus 7 and to steal lovers of Window’s upcoming tabs. Featuring a 7.9-inch display and support for both Wi-Fi and 4G LTE cellular networks, will start at $329.

The Wi-Fi version will be available starting November 2nd, while the cellular+WiFi version will debut in mid-November. Consumers can start placing pre-orders for the device on Oct. 26.

Running on top of an A5 dual-core chip there would be 5 megapixel iSight camera on the rear of the tablet which can shoot 1080p HD video. The device weighs 0.68 pounds and is 23% thinner than the standard iPad.

Here are other specs of iPad Mini:

    • Processor: Dual Core A5 Processor
    • Size and Weight:
      • Height: 7.87 inches (200 mm)
      • Width: 5.3 inches (134.7 mm)
      • Depth: 0.28 inch (7.2 mm)
      • Weight: 0.68 pound (308 g)
    • Display:
      • 7.9-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
      • 1024-by-768 resolution at 163 pixels per inch (ppi)
      • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

 

  • Storage:
    • 16, 32 and 64GB
  • Connectivity:
    • WiFi Version:
      • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
      • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
    • Cellular+WiFi Version:
      • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz) LTE (Bands 4 and 17)
      • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
      • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
  • Camera
    • 5MP rear iSight Camera with Autofocus, Face Detection, 1080P video recording, Backside illumination
    • 1.2MP front facing camera for FaceTime video calling over Wi-Fi or cellular
  • Battery:
    • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music
    • Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network
    • Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system
  • Price
    • iPad Mini 16GB: $329
    • iPad Mini 32GB: $429
    • iPad Mini 64GB: $529
    • Add $130 for versions with cellular capability.

Apple also announced the re-done enhanced version of iPad, that can be dubbed as iPad4. Apple said that it comes with better A6X processor with quad-core graphics that the company claims provides double the performance of the old A5X chip.

Here are other specs of 4th Generation iPad

  • Processor: Dual-core A6X with quad-core graphics
  • Display
    • 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
    • 2048-by-1536 resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi)
    • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • Size and Weight:
    • Height: 9.50 inches (241.2 mm)
    • Width: 7.31 inches (185.7 mm)
    • Depth: 0.37 inch (9.4 mm)
    • Weight: 1.44 pounds (652 g)
  • Storage:
    • 16, 32 and 64 GB versions
  • Connectivity:
    • WiFi Only Version:
      • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
      • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
    • Cellular + WiFi Version:
      • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz) LTE (Bands 4 and 17)
      • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
      • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
  • Camera
    • 5MP rear iSight Camera with Autofocus, Face Detection, 1080P video recording, Backside illumination
    • 1.2MP front facing camera for FaceTime video calling over Wi-Fi or cellular
  • Battery:
    • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music
    • Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network
    • Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system
  • Price
    • Fourth-generation iPad, Wi-Fi only, 16 GB, $499
    • Fourth-generation iPad, Wi-Fi only, 32 GB, $599
    • Fourth-generation iPad, Wi-Fi only, 64 GB, $699
    • Add $130 for versions with cellular capability.
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