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Apple iPad mini launched!

After months and months of speculations and rumors, the device is finally officially. Apple has unveiled the much anticipated iPad mini. The iPad mini, as the name suggests, is a smaller version of the much popular tablet device from Apple, the iPad.

Jumping to the launch details, the new iOS slate will be up for sale from November 2nd onwards and will be retailing at relatively lower price tag of $329. It was previously thought that the device will be coming with 7 inch display, but apparently that isn’t the case and the new iPad mini will be sporting a 7.9 inch IPS display panel instead.

Steve Jobs had once popularly said that 3.5 inch handset size was the “sweet spot” for mobile phone design; big enough to produce detailed, legible graphics, but small enough to fit comfortably in the hand and pocket. He also said that 7 inch tablet were too small for a pleasant experience and said that such devices were “useless” unless manufacturers included “sandpaper so users can sand their fingers down to a quarter of their size”. Those are strong words and we have already seen the new iPhone 5 which features a 4 inch display instead of the 3.5 inch that is found on all the iPhones from the past. It looks like Apple has finally realized that 3.5 inch isn’t the sweet spot after all and bigger screen is better to maintain its position in the competition. Same is the case with the tablet business, and looks like Apple has felt that there is demand for smaller tablets.

The new tablet, besides being smaller, is just 7.2mm thick and weighs 0.68 pounds. Buyers can choose between white and black variants of the device, and the design is similar to the iPod Touch, but just at a larger scale.
The Cupertino based technology giant will be launching the iPad mini Wi-fi model in three memory trims, $329 for 16GB, $429 for 32GB, and $529 for 64GB. Two weeks after the initial launch (November 16th), Apple will be launching the WiFi + 4G variant of the iPad mini and that will be costing $459 for 16GB, $559 for 32GB, and $659 for 64GB.

Apple is well known to pay close detail to the display department, but the iPad mini falls back a generation in terms of display resolution and the 7.9 inch screen on the iPad mini comes with a resolution of 1,024×768 screen, same display resolution as that of the iPad and iPad 2, though the pixel density is higher at 163ppi, thanks to the smaller display.

Other specs include a dual-core A5 processor, a front-facing FaceTime HD camera, and a 5-megapixel rear camera. The mini also supports 4G LTE, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi at 5.2Ghz, Bluetooth 4.0, and will be making use of the smaller Apple’s Lightning connector that was featured on the latest iPhone 5.

Apple is claiming a 10 hour battery life. Preorders for iPad mini begin on Friday, October 26. What are your thoughts on this?