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What is the iPad Mini?

Features and Details of Apple's 7.9-inch Tablet


iPad Mini

The iPad Mini. Image © Apple, Inc.

The iPad Mini is a smaller, more affordable iPad tablet computer. The iPad Mini was long rumored to be in development and finally announced on October 23rd, 2012. Designed to be operated with one hand, the iPad Mini shares the same screen resolution as the original iPad and the iPad 2, which means it is instantly compatible with all of the iPad apps in the Apple App Store.

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How big is the iPad Mini?

At just 7.2 millimeters, the iPad Mini is as thin as a pencil. It also only weighs .68 pounds, roughly the same as a pad of paper. The 7.9 inch display is slightly larger than 7-inch tablets like the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7. It has a screen resolution of 1024x768, similar to the first two generations of iPad.

While the larger screen doesn't sound like much, it does give the iPad Mini 29.6 square inches of display space compared to 21.9 inches in a 7-inch display. This really shows up browsing the web. The iPad Mini's screen capable of showing 49% more of a website when in portrait mode and 67% more in landscape.

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Other than size, will the iPad Mini be just like an regular-sized iPad?

The iPad Mini does not have a Retina Display, which means the screen won't be as crystal clear as the graphics displayed on an iPad 3 or iPad 4. It also features the slower A5 chipset rather than the A5X of the iPad 3 or A6X of the iPad 4. However, the iPad Mini won't need to produce those Retina Display graphics, so it won't need the faster processor as much as its bigger brother.

The iPad Mini does have front-facing and back-facing iSight cameras capable of taking HD video. The entry-level model has 16 GB of storage, with models going up to 64 GB. It also has both a Wi-Fi only model and a 4G LTE model. The iPad Mini is powered by iOS 6.0 and will also be compatible with Siri.

Of course, the iPad Mini has all of the basic features that make an iPad an iPad such as the accelerometer, gyroscope, etc.

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How much does an iPad Mini cost?

The iPad Mini is designed to be a more-affordable iPad. The Wi-Fi only version of the device starts at $329 for the 16 GB model, $429 for the 32 GB model and $529 for the 32 GB model. The 4G LTE model starts at $459 for the 16 GB version, $559 for 32 GB and $659 for 64 GB.

iPad Mini Features:

  • Dual-core A5 chipset with dual-core graphics processor offering the same performance as the iPad 2
  • 7.87 inches x 5.3 inches, weighs 0.68-0.69 lbs and 0.28 inches thick
  • 1,024 x 768 resolution and a 7.9 inch LED backlight Multi-Touch display
  • Back-facing 5 MP iSight camera capable of 1080p video and featuring autofocus, face detection and backside illumination.
  • Front-facing "FaceTime" camera capable of 1.2 MP photos and 720p HD video.
  • 16 to 64 GB Flash storage
  • 4G LTE, DC-HSDPA and HSPA support, with 4G LTE support on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon
  • Siri and Voice Dictation
  • AirPlay video streaming to Apple TV 3rd generation at 1080p and Apple TV 2nd generation at 720p
  • AirPlay Mirroring at 720p
  • Dual-band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n with support for 802.11n on 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Lightning connector
  • 10 hours of battery life, 9 using 4G and 1 month standby
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Compass
  • External speaker
  • Microphone
  • iOS 6.0
  • Compatible with all iPad and iPhone apps

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