Apple officially launched both iPad Mini and 4th generation iPad on October 23rd, and many of us were pleasantly shocked by the announcement of iPad 4. Today we are following up that news piece by sharing that both iPad Mini (WiFi) and 4th-gen iPad (WiFi) are already available for pre-order on Apple for the starting price of $329 and $499 respectively for 16GB storage. Users have to shell out $429 (32GB), and $529 (64GB) for iPad Mini WiFi model with a top-up price of $130 for ordering cellular models.
Personally, I don’t think that is badly priced. $329 for iPad Mini is a pretty amazing value for the power you get in this little tab. For that kind of money, you’ll get a pretty decent piece of technology (but not exceptional) powered by a dual core A5 chip featuring a 7.9-inch display screen with 1024-by-768 resolution, FaceTime HD camera, 5MP iSight camera around back, 802.11n, and Lightning, with 10 hours of HD video battery life. Yes! It does have LTE support.
However, A6X powered 4th Generation iPad is much faster and offers twice the power of the A5X processor seen in the previous iPad 3. The iPad 4 is essentially similar to the current iPad 3 but now accompanies a 720p FaceTime camera and the new image processor found in the iPhone 5. It also adopts the new Lightning connector. The iPad 4 comes both in black and white with prices starting at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version and at $629 for the 16GB Cellular + Wi-Fi version – $170 higher than the 16 GB WiFi iPad Mini.
Pre-order shipments of Wi-Fi model of both iPad Mini and iPad 4 are expected on November 2nd. Apple’s online store currently show “Mid November” to fill an order for cellular models in the US, with other countries marking “Late November” availability for those models. If you are planning to pre-order the 8-incher tablet, you might end up waiting for months.
Is the iPad still a viable choice for tech users in US or Canada or has Apple come too late with the miniature version of their original tablet?