Just months after the release of the third iPad, Apple has released a smaller and more compact design – the iPad Mini, with a screen size of 7.9 inches. Its only smaller competitors are the Kindle Fire and the Google Nexus 7.
The iPad Mini’s smaller size does not mean that Apple has compromised on the content or performance of the full-size iPad; the Mini has the iPad 2’s A5 processor, the smaller Lightning connector found in the new iPhone, up to 10 hours of battery life, a front camera giving FaceTime HD and a 5-megapixel iSight rear camera. All current apps made for the 9.7-inch iPad will work seamlessly with iPad Mini.
The interior and exterior design of the iPad Mini have been completely rethought so that the screen is almost flush to the edge of the body and it is now lighter than most books at 308g – the new size means that it can be held in one hand.
Available in 16GB, 32GB or 64GB versions, Wi-Fi or WiFi + Cellular, white with a silver aluminum back or black with the same slate aluminum back as the iPhone 5, the iPad Mini can be bought in Apple stores now.
iPad Mini, from €329/£369 (16GB Wi-Fi)