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New iPad Mini


Emily Erwin

Just when you thought Apple had released enough products, they release a new one that’s supposedly better than the last one. Not surprisingly, they’ve done it again. Similar to what they have been doing with the iPods, this new product got smaller instead of bigger.

On November 2, Apple released the new iPad Mini on the market. Advertised as being 23 percent smaller than the original iPad and 53 percent lighter, the iPad Mini can last 10 hours on a single charge and still has access to the App Store, which has over 275,000 apps available to be purchased.

Siri is still available and the FaceTime and iSight cameras are still the main cameras, but one of the downsides of the new iPad Mini is that there is no removable storage. While it comes with 16 GB, 32 GB, or 64 GB of memory, this might not be enough for some users. It is possible that this lack of external memory is going to deter a lot of potential buyers from purchasing the Mini.

Unlike previous iPad models, the Mini has a Lightning USB connector. It is able to connect with other types of tablets including the Google Nexus 7, the Kindle Fire HD from Amazon, and Barnes and Noble’s Nook HD.

As far as hardware is concerned, the Mini has nearly the same hardware as the iPad2 and both have the same screen resolutions of 1024×768. The only difference is that the Mini has a higher pixel density than the iPad2.

From the specs comparison on Apple’s website, the Mini doesn’t seem to be that different from the iPads currently on the market. On the other hand, the Mini has received generally positive reviews. Perhaps this is one of those gadgets that you need to play around with in order to determine if it is the product for you or not.

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