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Exactly as the world expected, Apple has introduced a smaller version of the iPad. It's called, unsurprisingly, the iPad Mini so here's what we know about it and our first thoughts.

For starters, price was one of the only unknown elements of the tablet before the launch event. Would Apple drop as low as the likes of Google and Amazon or not? Was the killer question. Well, the answer is no, and we're not very surprised. Although the price isn't a low as a Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire, at £269 it's still very tempting. Of course, if you want more storage and the addition of 4G cellar data then you'll need to pay up to £529.

Apple iPad Mini - not Retina display

The iPad Mini is mini in a number of ways. For starters the screen is, as rumoured 7.9in compared to 9.7 inch of all previous iPads. Apple says this means you can old it in one hand. It's also considerably thinner and lighter than its bigger brother. At 7.2mm and 308g for the Wi-Fi only model its 23 percent thinner lighter and 50% lighter. This means that anyone who has avoided the iPad because of its size has no excuse any more.

Colours options are the classic Apple black or white. However, this time the iPad Mini matches the iPhone 5 styling so the white version has a silver trim while the black has slate trim.

Apple iPad Mini - comes with A5 processor & 1.2Mp FaceTime HD webcam

There's not much dazzling going on with the screen since it's not a Retina display like the most recent iPad. Instead it uses the same 1024 x768 resolution as the original iPad and iPad 2. This means it has the same 4:3 aspect ratio, ensuring apps and other content fits correctly.

Under the covers is the same Apple A5 processor which the iPad 2 runs on. It's a dual-core chip and perfectly capable of running iOS. Storage options match the iPad with Retina display at 16GB, 32GB or 64GB. Needless to say, there's no option to add to this with something like a microSD card.

Other specifications are well-rounded with a 5Mp iSight rear facing camera, a 1.2Mp FaceTime HD  webcam, Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11a/b/g/n with 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. Those opting for the Wi-Fi and cellular data model will be able to access 4G LTE in the UK. As expected, the iPad Mini uses the same Lightning connector found on the iPhone 5.

Apple iPad Mini comes with the new Lightning Dock

Of course, the iPad Mini runs on iOS 6 and some users will be pleased to hear that this includes Siri. Apple claims the battery will last for up to 10 hours. Come back for our full review and we'll up date you on whether we found this to be the case or not.


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