Apple Announces iPad Mini, Starts at $329

As widely expected, Apple today unveiled its new iPad mini at the California Theatre in San Jose. The smaller tablet is thinner and 58 percent lighter — just 0.68 lbs — than the traditional iPad and features a 7.9-inch display, 1,024 x 768 pixel resolution akin to the iPad 2, all new aluminum glass design in white or slate colors, dual-core A5 processor, Lightning connector, FaceTime HD camera and 5-megapixel iSight camera, 10 hours of battery life and more.

The iPad mini is available in both Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi plus cellular options — both 3G and 4G LTE. The 16 GB Wi-Fi model starts at $329, with a 32GB and 64GB models available for $429 and $529 respectively. The Wi-Fi plus cellular models range from $459 to $659. Pre-orders begin this Friday, October 26th, with shipping beginning on November 2nd in several countries. Cellular models won’t ship until mid-November.

The iPad mini is expected to compete with 7-inch tablets such as the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire. Apple will also be working hard to get the iPad mini in the classroom. The traditional iPad has already been a huge success in the classroom, so the even more affordable and portable iPad mini should be quite successful in schools. What do you think about the iPad mini? Will you be purchasing — or perhaps asking for — the tablet during this upcoming holiday shopping season?

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