Apple has added 4G-capable top-of-the-range and lower-end tablets to its product line, as it bids to see off a reinvigorated challenge from Android slates.
Unveiled amid all the hoopla and hullabaloo we’ve come to expect from an Apple event, the iPad Mini features a 7.9-inch screen with the same resolution as the iPad 2 and takes aim at the likes of the similarly proportioned, Android-powered Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire.
The slate also features a five megapixel rear-mounted iSight camera with 1080p video recording, a front-facing FaceTime HD camera for video calls and is powered by an A5 dual core processor. Users can expect ten hours of battery life, the tech giant claims.
Asking prices for the iPad Mini start at £269 for the entry-level 16GB, Wi-Fi-only model. The top-end iteration, which rocks 64GB of storage and the full complement of next-generation connectivity options, is £529.
Apple’s bid to reassert itself at the top of the tablet tree will also be driven by a new standard-sized iPad.
Already informally dubbed the iPad 4/iPad 3S by tech-watchers, this retains the 9.7-inch screen that has until now been a permanent fixture of every Apple tablet but features a brawnier A6X processor that purportedly offers twice the power of the A5X processor that keeps the current-gen iPad ticking over.
Elsewhere, improvements take in a better 720p Facetime camera and the image signal processor that debuted on iPhone 5. Otherwise the iPad 4 is for the most part unchanged from its predecessor.
Both the iPad Mini and the iPad 4 sport Apple’s new smaller 9-pin dock connector that replaces the familiar 30-pin port in the name of space-saving.
Pricing for the iPad 4 is also unchanged. That means you can pick up the16GB Wi-Fi model for £399. If you’re more of a top-of-the-range kind of chap, the 4G- capable, 64GB edition is priced £659.
Both tablets will be up for pre-order on the 26th. Apple expects to ship Wi-Fi versions on November 2nd, with 4G models due to be despatched a fortnight later.