Today is a significant day in Apple history. After numerous rumors and endless leaks, the company is finally letting its iPad mini loose — a smaller version of the iPad 2 equipped with Apple’s new Lightning connector. Don’t call it a 7-inch tablet, because it’s not that at all, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook; the screen is 7.9-inches. Instead, Apple is marketing this as an alternative to the iPad itself: smaller, lighter, and cheaper for those unable afford the mini’s larger brother.
But the iPad mini isn’t the only device from Apple’s portfolio that’s available today; the fourth generation iPad — a faster, slightly redesigned iteration — is also in stores. Benchmark tests claim the A6X chip included in the latest iPad model is twice as fast as the third gen, which is pretty notable considering how zippy Apple’s last tablet was.
Apple’s iPad mini comes in an array of Wi-Fi-only and Wi-Fi + LTE versions and starts at $329 for the 16GB Wi-Fi-only model. The fourth generation iPad, with its fancy new Lightning connector, runs for the usual $499 for the Wi-Fi 16GB iteration.