New iPad Mini release date, price, specs, news & rumours

iPad Mini release date, price and specs news and rumours all rolled into one. Read all the latest surrounding Apple miniature slate

 

Update: The iPad Mini unveiled! Apple has revealed iPad mini prices, specs and preorder details in San Jose, as well as a host of stunning tech including the iPad 4, a Macbook Pro Retina 13 inch and a new Mac Mini - check our iPad Mini Launch live blog for the full story.
 

iPad Mini: When is it out?

Apple held a special event on October 23rd to unveil the iPad Mini. Preorders will begin on October 26th. The invitation hinted at something small but important by using the words “We’ve got a little more to show you.”

The company also used the event to update the Mac Mini, iMac and bring out a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. Older reports claimed that the new 13-inch display will boast a resolution of 2,560-by-1,650 pixels which is a pixel density of 230 pixels-per-inch, a slight step up from the 220 pixels-per-inch of the 15” MacBook Pro with Retina display.

An anonymous developer has used what appears to be a new version of the New iPad which was discovered in app analytics by MacRumors. The device is coded iPad 3,6, suggesting it is part of the current iPad family, which is coded iPad 3,1, iPad 3,2 and iPad 3,3.

This lines up with reports that the third-generation iPad will get a modest update at the event including the new lightning connector, possibly an updated A6 processor from the iPhone 5 and updated LTE support so it works in the UK.

Apple has been expected to whip the covers off the iPad Mini at any moment for some weeks, to fend of competition from rival firms, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Google, which launched the Google Nexus 7 tablet a few months back.

At first, critics found it hard to believe that Apple would launch a mini slate, simply because its late leader, Steve Jobs, openly criticised them. But with 7-inch tablets performing extremely well in terms of sales recently, it's believed the Cupertino-based firm may have had a change of heart.

The rumours emerged just weeks after Barnes and Noble launched its Nook range of tablets, while online retailer Amazon is gearing up to launch its new Kindle Fire tablets at the end of the month. The iPad Mini is expected to be available in shops from November 2 in time for the pre-Christmas rush, priced between £150-£200.



iPad Mini: How much will it cost?

Chinese sources claim that the miniature iPad will be priced at around $250-$300 (£156-£187 respectively). Apple devices are notoriously expensive, so the launch of a cheap(er) tablet is a clear indication that the San Francisco firm is pulling out all the stops to ensure Amazon doesn’t steal its tablet crown.

Some analysts also believe the launch of a mid-sized tablet will fend off competition from the likes of Samsung and Microsoft, both of which have been very active in their pursuits to overtake the world’s biggest company. Analysts claim Apple stands to gain about $100 in profit for each tablet sold. That figure is based on a calculation of its potential innards, with the screen costing the most at $49.54.

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