Apple has unveiled a new smaller iPad, which will be available in stores from 02 November. The iPad mini features a 7.9-inch touchscreen, as well as upgrades to Apple's FaceTime HD videoconferencing service and iSight camera platform and a longer battery life of up to ten hours. Apple also announced the fourth-generation iPad with 9.7-inch Retina display and the new Apple-designed A6X chip. Both the new tablets run iOS 6, the software recently introduced with the iPhone 5.
The iPad mini runs the dual-core A5 chip and features a 5 megapixel rear camera supporting 1080 HD video. It measures just 7.2mm thin and weighs 0.68 pounds. The device comes with Wi-Fi 802.11n and optional LTE and DC-HSPA cellular access with hotspot sharing, and a choice of 16, 32 or 64 GB storage. iPad mini data plans will be available with no contract, to be activated directly from the device.
The Wi-Fi model will be available in black & slate or white & silver for USD 329 for the 16GB model, USD 429 for the 32GB model and USD 529 for the 64GB model. The fourth-generation iPad with Wi-Fi will also be available from 02 November, in black or white for a suggested retail price of USD 499 for the 16GB model, USD 599 for 32GB and USD 699 for 64GB. The new tablets will be sold through the Apple Online Store and retail stores, and select resellers in the US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.
The tablets with cellular access will be available a couple weeks later, beginning in the US on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. The iPad mini with Wi-Fi + Cellular will be offered for USD 459 for the 16GB model, USD 559 for 32GB and USD 659 for 64GB. The fourth-generation iPad with cellular access will cost USD 629 for 16GB, USD 729 for 32GB and USD 829 for 64GB. At the same time, the iPad 2 will be reduced in price to USD 399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version and USD 529 for the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model. Pre-orders for all the new devices will start on 26 October.
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