Apple iPad Mini Now Official, Starts at $329

Paul Lilly

The Internet is terrible at keeping secrets, and we've known for some time that Apple was cooking up an iPad Mini device, but we didn't know how much it would cost. Apple answered that question at a press event this afternoon, launching the oft-speculated iPad Mini starting at $329 for the 16GB model with Wi-Fi. Like the full size iPad line, there are different storage options and 4G LTE models.

Getting right to the nitty-gritty, here's how the iPad Mini is priced:

  • 16GB iPad Mini Wi-Fi: $329
  • 32GB iPad Mini Wi-Fi: $429
  • 64GB iPad Mini Wi-Fi: $529
  • 16GB iPad Mini Wi-Fi + Cellular: $459
  • 32GB iPad Mini Wi-Fi + Cellular: $559
  • 64GB iPad Mini Wi-Fi + Cellular: $659

Apple points out that $329 is the lowest price yet for an iPad, though it's far from the lowest price for a 7-inch tablet. Amazon's Kindle Fire HD and Google's Nexus 7 both run $199 for 8GB and $249 for 16GB. Google is also rumored to be releasing a 32GB Nexus 7 at $249 next week, which would possibly push the 16GB down to the $199 tier.

Getting back to the iPad Mini, it sports a 7.9-inch display with a 1024x768 resolution, same as the iPad 2. All software designed for the iPad will run on the iPad Mini. It has an Apple A5 processor, FaceTime HD camera, 5MP iSight camera on the back, a lightning connector, and up to 10 hours of battery life.

Apple talked about the iPad Mini being ideal for one-handed use. It measures 7.2mm thin and weighs 0.68 pounds, which is 53 percent lighter than the 4th generation iPad. What's that you say, a 4th generation iPad?

Yes, there's a new full size iPad as well, though it's more of a tick than a tock upgrade, to borrow terms from Intel. The 4th generation iPad gets an upgraded processor (A6X chip) with twice the graphics performance of an A5X processor, and a lightning port. Pricing remains the same.

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