There was an immeasurable distance between the quick and the dead: they did not seem to belong to the same species; and it was strange to think that but a little while before they had spoken and moved and eaten and laughed - W. Somerset Maugham
GADGET DESIGNER Apple's Ipad Mini, a miniature version of its popular Ipad tablet, went on sale today in the UK.
With shipping time on Apple's online store promptly slipping to two weeks, we expected to see lines of eager Ifans queuing to get their mitts on the 7.9in Ipad Mini. However, when we walked past Apple's flagship Regents Street store in London last night, we saw just one person shivering in line outside waiting.
That's not to say it wont sell in the millions, as the Ipad Mini is widely expected to challenge Google's Nexus 7 and Amazon's Kindle Fire HD. It features a 7.9in 1024x768 resolution touchscreen, Apple's dual-core A5 processor, a Facetime camera, a 5MP Isight rear-facing camera, support for LTE connectivity and 10 hour battery life.
It's also available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models, which cost £269, £349 and £429, respectively, while more expensive 3G models will start shipping towards the end of the month.
The fourth-generation Ipad also went on sale in the UK today. It's not quite as exciting as the Ipad Mini as there's not that much new about this tablet besides its upgraded A6 processor, HD Facetime camera, LTE support and Lightning cable port.
Also available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions, the fourth-generation Ipad costs £399, £479 and £559, respectively. µ
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