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The iPad Mini, Apple’s Attempt at a 7″ Tablet

ipad miniThe late Steve Jobs had always been against Apple releasing a 7-inch tablet, a quote from AllThingsD.com goes as follows “The reason we [won’t] make a 7-inch tablet isn’t because we don’t want to hit [a lower] price point,” Jobs said. “It’s because we think the screen is too small to express the software. As a software driven company, we think about the software strategies first.” So when rumours started circulating about an iPad Mini I wasn’t so sure, but low and behold it’s true! (sorry Steve!)

Tim Cook announced the new iPad Mini yesterday (23rd) at the Keynote and to sum it up it’s just a fairly small iPad 2.

Unlike most popular 7-inch tablets, the iPad Mini overtakes the screen size by a few points of a inch making it a 7.9-inch screen. Much like the iPad 2 the iPad Mini comes with an A5 Processor and we’ll have the option of three types that’re either WiFi Only or WiFi and 3G – 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models. The iPad Mini does come 4G capable though if you are opting for the 3/4G versions, so that’s a plus!

In terms of screen it won’t have the famous Apple Retina Display that packs a whopping 326ppi, instead it’ll come with a screen resolution of just 1,024 x 768 and 162ppi.

How much will it cost I hear you scream? Well, for the WiFi Only models:

  • 16GB – £269
  • 32GB – £349
  • 64GB – £429

For WiFi and 3G:

  • 16GB – £369
  • 32GB – £449
  • 64GB – £539

Apple fan or not, I’m sure you can agree that, for a 7.9″ tablet paying £269 for a base model is pretty extortionate considering the Nexus 7 is selling for £159.

You can pre-order the iPad Mini online from October 26. The WiFi Only model goes on sale in the Apple Store at 8am on November 2 and the 3/4G model will follow later that month.

Will you be pre-ordering an iPad Mini? Let us know in the comments below!