Apple Reveals the Anticipated iPad Mini

Rumors of the new iPad Mini had been swirling for weeks and the device has finally been revealed. The iPad Mini might be perfect for physicians, who love Apple's operating system and apps but can't find space in their lab coat pocket for the full-size iPad.

Apple’s product launches are always a spectacle as the technology giant is usually unveiling something dazzlingly new. This time around, rumors of the new iPad Mini had been swirling for weeks before Apple’s announcement today.

The good news for physicians is that the iPad Mini might be the perfect device. Doctors already love Apple products but the size of the full-size iPad can be a bit unwieldy (you won’t be fitting it into your coat pocket) and the price was probably off-putting for residents and students. The iPad Mini is a little friendlier to medical professionals.

Considering Apple’s brand new iPad Mini will be in even more direct competition with Amazon’s Kindle Fire and numerous Google Android tablets, one might think Apple would price the product more competitively. That would be an incorrect assumption.

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The 7.9-inch iPad Mini’s starting price is $329 for a 16GB, WiFi-only version. If you want the top-of-the-line version (64GB WiFi plus cellular) then you’ll be looking at shelling out $659.

The iPad Mini is more like a shrunken down version of the iPad 2 — not the newest iPad on the market or the just-announced fourth-generation iPad but the iPad that came out almost two years ago. The iPad Mini has an A5 chip instead of the new A6X (in the full-size iPad 4) and it doesn’t have retina display.

Plus, the iPad Mini is going to be slower than its direct rival, the Kindle Fire HD. However, according to Business Insider, the area where the iPad Mini excels is in its superior operating system and app store.

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Apple also announced its new 13-inch MacBrook Pro with Retina Display, its fourth-generation iPad, the new iMac, a new Mac Mini and a new version of iBooks.