Complete guide to Apple's smaller, thinner, lighter, original 7.9-inch iPad mini
Apple's new iPad mini was announced on October 23, 2012. Apple calls it the iPad, just concentrated, but the specs are closer to the iPod touch 5 or iPad 2. With an Apple A5 processor, LTE 4G and DC-HSPA networking, and the new Lightning connector, that still made it the best small tablet on the planet when it was introduced. However, while it's still available, the state-of-the-art of small tablets is now the Retina iPad mini.
Nestled among all of the announcements today was a newly-designed Smart Cover for the iPad mini. They'll be available for $39 at launch in pink, green, blue, light gray, dark gray and (PRODUCT) RED. The only real difference with the original Smart Cover is that it's ditching the aluminum hinge and has a full wrap-around of the polyurethane fabric instead.
The iPad mini will feature a 7.9" screen but will have the same 1024 x 768 resolution of the current iPad which means all apps, games, and content you enjoy will automatically be compatible. Specifications include Apple A5 chip, 5MP iSight camera, front facing FaceTime HD camera, LTE technology, 10 hours of battery life, and more.
Apple has silently added a new "Apple Events" app to the standard Apple TV home page and is set to stream today's media event live. So far it appears that this will only be available to Apple TV users but we may find out more later.
Rene Ritchie and Guy English talk Cingleton Deux, the challenges of scaling Apple, software, and expectations, Tweetbot for Mac and the value of software, pantsing the quarterback, The Magazine, and the iPad mini and iBooks. This is the iMore show.
Back in May, iMore learned Apple would be going ahead with a 7-inch iPad and targeting an October release. Now Apple has gone and announced an October 23, 2012 event, and while we won't know the exact agenda until Apple executives take the California Theater stage, it's widely expected that the iPad mini will be star of the show. But it won't be the whole show. Whether Apple runs the October iPad/Mac event like the September iPhone/iPod event, as essentially two separate events glued together, or whether they run them as a single event like the WWDC Keynote that flows from one topic to another, rumors persist of a focus on iBooks, of an updated iPad 3, of new Macs, and perhaps of more.
Apple has started to prepare the California Theatre in San Jose ahead of its special event tomorrow. Apple sent out invites last week for what is widely thought to be the official announcement of the iPad mini. The guys from Techie Buzz managed to capture a few pictures of the graphics which are being used for the event.