iPad mini specs and features now official

by: Chris SmithOctober 23, 2012

Apple’s iPad mini event – although the company has unveiled other products today as well, including the unexpected iPad 4 – is underway in California, and the 7.9-inch iOS 6 tablet is now official.

Despite’s Apple’s best efforts to keep the device secret, iPad mini reports have hit the web since way back in 2011, intensifying in frequency this year. The iPad mini will be Apple’s main weapon in the budget friendly tablet niche, where so far the Amazon Kindle Fires and the Google Nexus 7 are kings. And the mini version of Apple’s flagship tablet is expected to be quite a competitor for Android and Windows tablet, but also to the larger iPad.

So what’s the iPad mini going to offer buyers? Don’t expect high-end features like the ones found on the iPad 3, but do expect it to feature Apple’s iconic design and build quality.

Moreover, Apple is clearly pushing its tablet lineup as an educational device, as the company has released new iBooks and iBooksAuthor versions today, while presenting the impact the iPad has had on education so far.

As for what’s underneath the hood, in addition to apps, here’s what you get:

  • 7.9-inch display with 1024 x 768 resolution and 162ppi (no Retina Display)
  • Size: 7.2mm thickness
  • Weight: 0.68lbs
  • A5 processor
  • 512MB of RAM (not confirmed yet)
  • 16GB/32GB/64GB memory
  • 5-megapixel rear-facing camera
  • FaceTime HD front-facing camera
  • 10-hour battery life
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • 3G/4G LTE support (via nano SIM cards)
  • Lightning connector
  • iOS 6 with Siri

We’ll be back with comparisons between the iPad mini and the main Android budget tablets out there. Meanwhile, let us know whether you’re buying the device or not.

  • Can I get a hell no?

  • Stian French

    Hah! like I’d buy a piece of crap like that.

  • Zach Armstrong

    Hell no I’m not buying it.

  • John Cunningham

    Even the Galaxy Tab 7.7 has better battery life.

  • 8PAQ

    Wow iPad4 just made Nexus 10 obsolete before it was even announced! Trolololol…
    A6x has 2x CPU and 2x GPU over A5x and A5x was already better than anything else as far as GPU at least.

    • MasterMuffin

      Have you heard of something that’s called exynos 5?

    • really ? :D wait 29 oct

  • 8PAQ

    Anyone else thinks it’s hilarious that Apple updated their retina iPad to be twice as fast before Samsung even announced their first retina class tablet? I think Samsung just got Samsunged. Muahahah!

    But seriously now, it’s game over for 10″ Android tablets. Maybe Windows 8/RT tablets still have a chance but other than that it’s game over.
    Thanks to Apple being greedy and pricing iPad mini at $329 the cheap 7″ Android tablets might still have a chance but that’s about it.

    • MasterMuffin


      Just :(

  • Just me

    Yea, if it comes with Android

  • dro_ID

    hit it one more time, not with its iProducts, but with
    their arrogance of comparing their device with the one from
    Competition. They should better concentrate on their products instead of
    commenting about the other products. I am surprised they did not compare
    side-by-side some apps like:

    – Apple Mapps vs. Google Maps

    – Siri vs. Google Now


    Why do they prefer to show everybody
    the same lie that iProducts are better (overall) compared with the Competition?

    Fellows, why should I pay 330 USD at
    least to get a tablet “easy to be hold with one hand”? Thanks God it
    is not “easy to be USED with one hand”

    Just because it has a
    “gorgeous”, “revolutionary”, “astonishing”,
    “unbelievable” back cover made by aluminium?

    Hell, NO!

    I need a smart tablet, not a fancy
    (polished) one! Some might prefer blondes with huge silicone tits but stupid
    enough to hold her like a live doll, while some would prefer a beautiful
    intelligent woman! I am from the second category…

    • John Cunningham

      The galaxy Tab 7.7 out classes it.

    • MasterMuffin

      I would like both thank you :D

  • Bruce Gavin Ward


  • clell

    329 for the cheapest one too. Pathetic

  • hoggleboggle

    to sum it up – a tablet with a slightly larger screen but lower resolution without NFC or GPS that the Nexus 7 has and which costs nearly $100 more.

    • e

      it does not compare to the Note 2, which also just came out internationally. the Nexus 7 is kinda old now. i got mine long time ago

  • Nardo

    This is hilarious. Who’s going to buy this inferior tablet for more than what the Nexus 7 and Kindles are selling for? This tablet is a joke. Who’s copying whom?Its gonna get blown away. Lame lame lame.

  • clell

    Why do you keep deleting my posts? This tablet is nothing compared to Android’s tablets.

  • e

    “Despite’s Apple’s best efforts” ..sounds like you muching on the fruit and spitting at us while you talking :)

  • Huton Gergö

    Are u joking?

  • I have the Galaxy S3 and I love it!! But I also need an iOS device, and the iPad mini will be an ideal choice for me… so: hell yesss!! :-)

  • Not appealing, I am going for surface