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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.