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Apple kills off 'new iPad', launches iPad mini and new 4th generation iPad

Working on the next 100 million sales

Apple kills off 'new iPad', launches iPad mini and new 4th generation iPad
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In a surprising press event, it was all change for Apple's iPad line up.

The headlines - if not the surprises - centred around the release of a 7.9-inch iPad mini.

"Every inch an iPad", was the marketing tag from Apple for the "entirely new design".

At 7.2mm thick, it's thinner than the third generation iPad and 53 percent lighter, although obviously smaller.

Indeed, the iPad 2 was the comparison point for Apple as the iPad mini uses the same A5 chip and 1024x768 resolution screen (which is 7.9-inches diagonally)

This means it's compatible with the existing 275,000 native iPad apps and games.

Forgetfulness

Of course, no one mentioned Steve Jobs' famous view about 7-inch tablets. Instead Apple decided to attack the competition directly - while not actually mentioning the Nexus 7 by name.

"There is a gigantic difference," said Phil Schiller, SVP of marketing. "They have phone applications stretched up."

SVP of industrial design Jonathan Ive also commented in a pre-recorded video, "There's inherent loss in just reducing a product in size.

"What we did was go back to the very beginning and take the time to design a product that wasn't a reduction of the original."

Like, better

IPad mini is based on the electronics of the iPad 2, while taking advantage of more recent technologies.

In this way, it has better front and rear cameras, fastest wifi and uses Apple's now standard Lighting connector.

The Mini will also have a redesigned Smart Cover.

It will be priced from $329 for the 16GB wifi version. "The lowest price yet" for an iPad, commented Schiller.

Next week

In other iPad news, CEO Tim Cook announced Apple had sold 100 million iPads in 2.5 years.

It also replaced the third generation iPad with the fourth generation iPad. It's thought this is due to support for the new Lighting Connector standard, as well as the general opinion from developers that the first retina screen iPad was underpowered in terms of processor capacity.

The new 'new iPad' also uses a new chip, the Apple A6X, which doubles CPU and GPU performance, while giving the same 10 hour battery life - apparently.

The latest iPad will be available from $499.

Both new devices will be available for pre-order on 26 October, with wireless devices shipping globally on 2 November.

Cellular versions will ship two weeks later, starting in the US.

Jon Jordan
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