The iPad Mini represents something that the late Steve Jobs was outspokenly against, the idea that a tablet could be user friendly with a screen size below 9.7-inches (the iPad screen size). Would he still have the same opinion if he was around today? Perhaps not, as this category of the tablet market has become very popular.
iPad Mini overview
Apple themselves describes the iPad Mini as; “The whole package. In a smaller package.”. There is some truth in that, as the iPad Mini delivers the iPad feeling on a smaller screen. No, it’s not a Retina screen (likely coming with iPad Mini 2), but it’s still a very impressive 7.9-inch LED backlit display.
The big selling point of the iPad Mini over the main iPad is the size, weight, and portability. Weighing in at less than half of the iPad 4, at a mere 308g, it is easy to hold in one hand, such as when reading a book or perhaps chatting away on FaceTime.
Inside the iPad Mini is an Apple A5 processor, offering a powerful performance both in terms of smooth operation and graphics performance. Both FaceTime front facing camera and a back iSight camera has also made the iPad Mini frequently appear in public where there are photo opportunities. Like all new Apple iOS devices, the iPad Mini comes with the new smaller Lightning connector.
Here are some of the key features of the iPad Mini:
- Color options of Black & Slate or White & Silver
- Available as WiFi only or with WiFi and mobile data
- A mere 308 grams in weight (mobile data model is 312g)
- 16, 32, or 64GB version
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 1.2MP FaceTime camera with 720p video support
- 5MP iSight camera with 1080P HD video recording
- Up to 10-hours operating time between charges
- Lightning connector
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About a month after Apple announced their iPad trade-in program for retail stores in the US and Canada it looks like the program has found its way across the pond to Europe, including us here in the UK. According to the information you should now be able to trade in your iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4 and iPad Mini at Apple stores in exchange for a newer model iOS device.
While I’m yet to test some of the biggest rivals for the Belkin QODE Ultimate, I’m very happy with this one. As someone that does a lot of typing, having a physical keyboard with the iPad Air just allows me to travel a lot lighter, not having to bring both a macbook and the iPad when out and about. Good functionality, splim profile, responsive keyboard, and great battery life (used for a month and yet to charge) makes the Belkin QODE Ultimate for iPad Air a winner in my book.
Somehow it does not come as a surprise that Apple might be working on a Pro version of the iPad, just like they have done with the MacBook range. The latest rumours are that Apple is testing different screen technologies to go with the IPad Pro, including so a called 4k screens with a resolution around 3840×2160.
The fireworks might have been left for later, but this morning Apple started selling the new iPad Mini Retina through their stores and online here in the UK. It is expected that the iPad Mini Retina will be a big seller this Christmas, so it could be a good idea to get your orders in early.
Apple has concluded quite the busy keynote tonight, an event that included plenty of information about the latest Maverick OS update, new iLife and iWork apps, new Macbook Pros, and the impressive Mac Pro. But stealing the show was the new iPad Air (5th generation iPad), followed by the new Retina iPad Mini.