- 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi @ 5.2Ghz.
- Lightning connector
("same as iPod Touch" is my observation. Performance of this A5 may be different.)
"Every inch an iPad," is the tagline. And now we get a video of it. And yep, there's Jony Ive talking it up.
Ive being Apple's chief designer by the way. A frequent face of new product intro videos.
The new iPod Touch and this iPad mini will be very closely compared.
iPad mini being showed off by someone on a bike, also a doctor in a hospital.
Interesting that this didn't get an A6. Probably due to price.
Doing things like showing videos, editing videos, watching sports games, reading things.
Ive says you can't just cut the product down, the product had to be tweaked, which is why the sides are thinned down.
Emphasizing one-hand use of the iPad mini in the video: side bezel smaller for thumb access.
Also new: smart covers for the iPad mini.
There's no more aluminum hinge. It's all one material.
Largest and thinnest battery in an iPad yet, the company says.
And that's it for the video.
Schiller back up now, presumably with the price tag for all this.
Five colors for the smart covers plus a Product Red one as well.
Six colors of Smart Covers. No surprise keyboard covers.
Starts at 16GB of storage Wi-Fi @ $329.
Hmm. $329. So, $30 more than the entry-level iPod Touch.
32GB @ $429 and $529. Cellular at $459, $559 and $659.
Wi-Fi ship November 2nd. Pre-orders for Wi-fi start on Friday.
2 weeks later the Wi-Fi + 4G models come.
Now the "which iPad do I get?" debate gets hard. Nov 2 availability for Wi-Fi, then cellular two weeks later. Prices of mini and 4th-gen iPad overlap a bit.
And we're gonna see a TV ad for it now that Schiller says will introduce people to the product in a "simple and fun way."
It starts off with someone playing piano on the full-size iPad, then someone else joining in on an iPad mini, both on Garageband.
"It's very cool," he says.
The performance leap between A5 and A6X could be big, comparing iPads.
"We told you earlier this year that you'd see some incredible innovation from Apple across the year, innovation only Apple can deliver. We think we kept our promise and we hope you agree," Cook says.
So...I think that's it. That was a barrage of hardware.
Now rounding out some of the company's launches over the year. iOS 6 and Mountain Lion. Also the new iPod Touch and iPod Nano, iPhone 5. Refresh of entire notebooks, along with Retina Display models, and the new iMac.
Also the third-generation iPad, you know the one that we just replaced.
I swear, Tim Cook has been taking breathy voice lessons from the ghost of Marilyn Monroe.