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How Apple's iPad mini fares against older models

Here's a look at the key differences between the Apple iPad Mini, updated full-sized iPad and previous models.

twitter-logo Associated Press        Last Updated: November 2, 2012  | 17:00 IST

Here's a look at the key differences between the Apple iPad Mini, updated full-sized iPad and previous models. The two versions announced recently by the US technology giant will have the new Lightning connector, which was introduced with the iPhone 5 last month. Previous models used the connector adapted from the iPod.

iPad Mini (available starting November 2):

- Prices: 16-gigabyte (GB) Wi-Fi-only model for $329, 32 GB for $429 and 64 GB for $529. Cellular models cost $130 more.
- Screen size: 7.9 inches diagonally
- Thickness: 0.28 inch
- Weight: 0.68 pound (0.69 pound for cellular versions)
- Screen resolution: Sharper, Retina display, 1024 by 768 pixels
- Cameras: 5-megapixel camera on back and a low-resolution camera on front, for videoconferencing
- Video recording: high-definition (1080p - comparable to the resolution of a 40-inch flat-panel TV), up to 30 frames per second with audio
- Battery life: 10 hours.
- Dual-core A5 processor
- US wireless carriers: AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint
- US release date: Nov. 2, 2012



Apple Inc is refusing to compete on price with its rivals in the tablet market, pricing its new, smaller iPad well above the competition. PHOTO - AP

Fourth-generation iPad (available starting November 2):

- Prices: 16-gigabyte Wi-Fi-only model for $499, 32 GB for $599 and 64 GB for $699. Cellular models cost $130 more.
- Screen size: 9.7 inches diagonally
- Thickness: 0.37 inch
- Weight: 1.44 pounds (1.46 pounds for cellular versions)
- Screen resolution: Sharper, Retina display, 2048 by 1536 pixels
- Cameras: 5-megapixel camera on back and a low-resolution camera on front, for videoconferencing
- Video recording: high-definition (1080p - comparable to the resolution of a 40-inch flat-panel TV), up to 30 frames per second with audio
- Battery life: 10 hours.
- Dual-core A6X processor (quad-core graphics subsystem)
- US wireless carriers: AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint
- US release date: Nov. 2, 2012

Third-generation iPad:

- Prices: Same as fourth generation at launch. Will be discontinued, replaced by fourth-generation model
- Screen size: same as fourth-generation model
- Thickness: same as fourth-generation model
- Weight: same as fourth-generation model
- Screen resolution: same as fourth-generation model
- Cameras: same as fourth-generation model
- Video recording: same as fourth-generation model
- Battery life: same as fourth-generation model
- Dual-core A5X processor (quad-core graphics subsystem)
- US wireless carriers: AT&T, Verizon Wireless
- US release date: March 16, 2012


The iPad Mini has a screen that's about two-thirds the size of the full-size model and costs starting USD 329 and up. PHOTO - AP

iPad 2:

- Prices: 16-gigabyte model with Wi-Fi for $399, 3G-capable version for $529 (Originally same as new iPad pricing)
- Screen size: same as third- and fourth-generation iPad
- Thickness: 0.34 inch
- Weight: 1.33 pounds (1.35-1.36 pounds for 3G models)
- Screen resolution: 1024 by 768 pixels
- Cameras: High-definition (720p) camera on back and a low-resolution camera on front, for videoconferencing
- Video recording: high-definition (720p - comparable to the resolution of a 40-inch flat-panel TV), up to 30 frames per second with audio
- Battery life: 10 hours.
- Dual-core A5 processor
- US wireless carriers: AT&T, Verizon Wireless
- US release date: March 11, 2011


Original iPad:

- Prices: No longer on sale. Originally same as new iPad
- Screen size: same as third- and fourth-generation iPad
- Thickness: 0.50 inch
- Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Screen resolution: same as iPad 2
- Cameras: none
- Video recording: none
- Battery life: 10 hours.
- Single-core A4 processor
- US wireless carriers: AT&T
- US release date: April 3, 2010

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