Apple has announced the 4th generation iPad – and new iPad Mini. Just a half a year after announcing the 3rd generation, the new 4th generation iPad features the new A6X processor and offers 2x the performance for CPU tasks and graphics performance as well. The front facing camera gets the 720p FaceTime treatment, and the LTE chip has expanded to offer even more carriers worldwide. Wi-Fi performance is up top twice as fast, and the new connector is updated to Lightning. New accessories include Lightning to HDMI and VGA, as well as USB and SD connectors. The configuration remains the same starting with a 16GB model at just $499, or $629 for the LTE version.
The iPad Mini features a 7.9″ display with an aluminum glass enclosure, as well as a bevel design like the iPhone 5; measuring in at just 7.2mm thin and 0.68lbs,it’s also 53% lighter than the iPad 4th generation. What about specs? Apple A5 processor, 5MP iSight Camera, 720p FaceTime Camera, LTE Wireless, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Lightning connector, 10-hour battery life–and accessories include an iPad Mini smart-cover which works like its bigger brother. The starting price is just $329 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version, and just $130 more for the Wifi+ Cellular versions. Both new versions will pre-order starting Friday, October 26th with Wi-Fi versions shipping November 2nd with the Wi-Fi + Cellular version shipping 2 weeks later.