The lid was lifted on the iPad mini, at long last.
The 7.9-inch petite tablet includes much of the same features as the iPad 2 amalgamated with the now discontinued iPad 3, replaced with the fourth-geration iPad with Retina display. Sporting 4G LTE connectivity, a 10-hour battery, faster Wi-Fi speeds, and the new Lightning dock connector, the iPad mini is set to rival the already-existing smaller tablet market.
Pricing starts at $329 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, and $459 for the 16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular option. Shipping begins on November 2, with cellular versions two weeks after that.
A range of new Mac hardware was also announced, including brand new iMac desktop computer with a razor-thin design., an updated Mac mini specification, and a
But if you're left wanting more, there's even more for you to digest in little bitesize pieces. Here's what you need to know from ZDNet and sister-sites CNET and CBS News:
Rachel King, ZDNet: What might have been one of Apple's worst kept secrets is finally here.
ZDNet: Apple executive took to the stage at California Theatre in San Jose, CA. to announce a range of new products. Apple also disclosed some previously unseen numbers and figures. Here's what you need to know.
Zack Whittaker, ZDNet: Apple announced the iPad mini. The petite 7.9-inch tablet will likely heavily disrupt the already-established tablet market more so than the original iPad. Who will gain and lose out from Tuesday's event?
Charles Cooper, CNET: It was a lousy day in the stock market, and not even an Apple product-unveiling was enough to escape the Dow's gravitational pull.
Rachel King, ZDNet: While the iPad mini is expected to hog most of the attention in the weeks to come, Apple brought some of the focus back to the desktop with an ultra-thin iMac.
Andy Smith, ZDNet: As usual in previous Apple events, CEO Tim Cook is hosting an event to show off new Apple products. But everyone wass waiting for the 7.9-inch iPad mini.
Zack Whittaker, ZDNet: Apple's latest creation, the iPad mini, just isn't designed for the enterprise. With Amazon making a loss and Google barely breaking even on their tablets, Apple just wants to make money, and offering a sub-$300 device for the enterprise simply wouldn't work.
Chenda Ngak, CBS News: Tech giant unveils a smaller, cheaper tablet computer to compete in the 7-inch tablet market and a new iPad.
Roger Cheng, CNET: Commentary Apple's surprise announcement of a fourth-generation iPad so soon after the last version has one CNET editor feeling burned.
Larry Dignan, ZDNet: Apple's hardware lineup is easy to understand and clear cut. Microsoft's Windows 8 throws various form factors against the wall to see what sticks.
Matt Miller, ZDNet: Some speculated that Apple would come out with a $199 or $249 iPad mini, but Apple stuck true to their form and have the iPad mini priced at $329 to $649. The Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD are still very compelling at the $199 price point.
Andrew Nusca, ZDNet: Apple announced the fourth-generation iPad and first-generation iPad mini, giving the company its strongest tools yet to convert the education market into believers?
Karen Friar, ZDNet: No official confirmation from the operator yet, but Apple shows EE as a 4G LTE partner for its freshly released iPad and new 7.9-inch iPad Mini tablet - which now have UK prices.
Robin Harris, ZDNet: Apple takes their trademark top-of-the-line approach with the Fusion drive: a 128GB SSD built into a 1 or 3TB hard drive. Suddenly every other hybrid drive looks like old news. And they are.
Brooke Crothers, CNET: Apple's new tablet could see some long backorder times if demand is strong, NPD DisplaySearch tells CNET.
Andrew Nusca, ZDNet: How many iPads can Apple sell into a market? It all depends on how low you can go.
Molly Wood, CNET: Apple's unexpected new iPad is all about one thing: Lightning. Now, not only is your 6-month-old iPad "last year's model," it's also incompatible with a flood of new iPad accessories. Injury, meet insult.
Adrian Kingsley-Huges, ZDNet: On Tuesday, Apple unveiled the long-awaited iPad mini along with a revamped -- and mostly unexpected -- iPad 4. Let's take a look at how Apple has improved its best-selling tablet.
Spandas Lui: Apple has unveiled its 7.9-inch iPad Mini device with similar pricing between Australia and the U.S.
Jason Perlow, ZDNet: Apple's fifth generation iPad, due presumably in early 2014, really needs to up the ante on what is widely considered to be a very incremental improvement over the iPad 3.
Larry Dignan, ZDNet: The iPad Mini expands the total addressable market for Apple and strengthens its hammerlock on the tablet category. But Apple could have delivered a death blow to rivals with a lower price.
Chenda Ngak, CBS News: Tech giant announces a desktop computer 80 percent thinner than its predecessor.
Sharon Vaknin, CNET: Customers who purchased a third-generation iPad within the last 30 days might be able to exchange their device for a newer model at select Apple stores.
Josh Lowensohn, CNET: Apple's new cable adapter and technology has rolled out to five different devices in just over a month, marking one of the fastest transitions yet.