Apple Announces iPad Mini

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Apple have just announced the iPad Mini – one announcement out of quite an interesting keynote speech, including a 5MM thick iMac, a 13″ Retina Display Macbook Pro and the 4th generation iPad.

So, what’s the specs of the new iPad Mini? Well;

  • Screen Size – 7.9″
  • Weight – 0.68 lbs
  • Thickness – 7.2mm
  • Resolution – 1024×768 (Same as iPad/iPad 2, so all iPad apps will work on it straight away!)
  • Dual Core A5 Chip
  • 10 hours battery life
  • HD Front Facing camera for FaceTime
  • 5MP camera on the back
  • International LTE support (on cellular model)
  • Available in Black & Slate, or White & Silver

Here’s where the debate really starts – did Apple really need to bring out an iPad Mini, when Apple had sold its 100,000,000th iPad just a few weeks ago? Yes and no. I’ve taken to Twitter and got some opinions, and I’ve made a Pro’s & Con’s list;

Pros

  • Smaller and more lightweight
  • Easy to carry
  • Can use with 1 hand
  • Appeals to a market that can’t afford an iPhone or iPad
  • Still uses iPad apps instead of blown up iPhone apps

Cons

  • Cheapest is still £269 for 16GB WiFi only
  • If it’s so compact and can fit in your pocket, why not use your phone?
  • Same specs as the iPod Touch 5G

I think the main point of controversy with the new iPad Mini is the fact that if it’s so portable and can fit in your pocket, why don’t you just use your iPhone? I think that as a product, it’ll be like Marmite – you’ll either love it or hate it. Pre orders start this Friday, with the WiFi only version going on sale November 2nd. Will you be buying one? Do you see a point in the iPad Mini? Let me know in the comments below!

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