TABLET STYLIST Apple has announced a smaller version of its popular Ipad tablet today, named the Ipad Mini.
Announced to challenge the Google Nexus 7, Samsung Galaxy Note and Kindle Fire HD, the Apple Ipad Mini features a 7.9in 1024x768 touchscreen. Apple was keen to point out that this screen is 35 percent larger than the one on Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean tablet and offers a 67 percent larger web browsing experience, due to the tabbed browser and onscreen controls found on the Android operating system.
This 7.9in table is powered by dual-core A5 chip and measures 7.2mm thick. According to Apple, the Ipad Mini is "as thin as a pencil, and lighter than a notebook," weighing in at just 308g.
Other specifications include a HD Facetime camera, a 5MP Isight rear-facing camera, support for LTE connectivity and the same 10 hour battery life as its larger screened counterparts.
"[The] Ipad Mini is every inch an Ipad. With its gorgeous 7.9-inch display, [the] Ipad Mini features the same number of pixels as the original Ipad and Ipad 2, so you can run more than 275,000 apps designed specifically for Ipad," boasted Philip Schiller, Apple's SVP of Worldwide Marketing.
As well as the Ipad Mini, Apple unveiled the fourth generation Ipad, essentially an upgraded version of its third generation tablet. This features Apple's new A6X processor, a HD Facetime camera, support for EE LTE in the UK, improved WiFi performance and a Lightning connector.
The Apple Ipad Mini will be available to order in both black and white from Apple's online store on Friday. It will be available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models, costing £269, £349 and £429, respectively. That will get you a WiFi only model, with WiFi and Cellular models costing £369, £449 and £529, respectively. µ
We round up the top 10 stories from the past seven days
For when you just can't take another long lunch break
Control your Android TV from an iOS device? Um, no
Somebody call the irony police