Thursday, 25 October 2012

Apple Unveils iPad Mini

Apple released a smaller version of its famed iPad tablet computer, the iPad Mini, which is 7.9 inches, at a media event in San Jose, California on Tuesday, October 23. They also launched a fourth generation 9.7-inch iPad and updated Mac computers: 13-inch MacBook Pro, now with Retina Display, and a revised Mac Mini, the latest generation of iMac. With all of these launches, you might force yourself to sell used iPad!

This small iPad has been anticipated by many, even though the late Apple CEO and co-founder, Steve Jobs, dismissed smaller tablet computers during a conference for investors in October 2010.

"'[W]e don't think you can make a great tablet with a seven-inch screen," he said. "We think it's too small to express the software that people want to put on these things."

Apparently, Jobs estimated wrongly regarding seven-inch tablets. Amazon shipped millions of Kindle Fire tablets while Google shipped at least a million Nexus 7 models. Of course, Apple cannot afford to not go with the flow of the successes of their competitors.

"We sold more iPads in the June quarter than any PC manufacturer sold of their entire PC lineup," said CEO Tim Cook. He added that the iPad is hugely popular in the educational sector and is now penetrating the business market.

Product Details

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Processors: The latest generation of the 9.7-inch iPad now runs on A6X processor, which is a variant of the A6 chip processor in the iPhone 5. Meanwhile, the iPad Mini has the Apple A5 processor, dual ARM cores and a quad-core GPU. It also has 16 GB of internal flash memory which can be upgraded to 64 GB.

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Displays: With its smaller size, the iPad Mini has a 7.9-inch display. However, it does not feature the Retina Display technology like the iPad 3 and 4, although it has the same number of pixels as the iPad 2. 

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Connectivity: The smaller iPad has dual band 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless networking and can speed up to 150 Mbps. There are models with cellular connectivity with a support for LTE and DC-HSDPA. Both the small iPad and the iPad 4 have the Apple Lightning connector which can be connected to cameras, SD cards and HDMI or VGAA digital video sources.

Camera: The iPad Mini has a front FaceTime HD camera and a back 5-megapixel iSight camera.

Design: If you love the physical design of the iPad, then you would love the iPad Mini. It is made of aluminum and glass. It is also 7.2 mm thick and 0.68 pounds. That makes Google Nexus 7 thicker and heavier with its 10.45 mm thickness and 0.75 pound weight.

Price: The iPad Mini starts at $329. For a 64 GB cellular model, it costs $659. The iPad 4 starts at $499. For comparison, the upgraded iPod Touch starts at $299. The MacBook Pro with Retina Display costs $1,699, with a 2.5-Ghz Intel dual core i5 processor, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 8GB of 1600 MHz memory and 768 GB of flash storage.

Now that Apple released their new products, sell your old iPad at for INSTANT cash!


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