Visitors look over the new iPad mini at an Apple event in San Jose (Photo : Reuters)
The recently announced iPad mini is already driving impressive customer demand, according to Apple's official online store.
The first wave of the Wi-Fi-enabled White & Silver minis is sold out, with an expected ship date of 2 weeks from purchase. The Black & Slate Wi-Fi-only device is still on track for Apple's November 2 release date. Cellular, LTE-capable tablets in both colors will launch in mid-November.
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The Cupiterno-based company offers two tiers of prices for the 16, 32, and 64GB versions of the mini.
For a Wifi-only tablet, Apple charges $329 for the 16GB, $429 for the 32GB and $529 for the 64GB.
For a Wi-Fi and Cellular enabled device, the 16GB is priced at $459, the 32 at $559, and the 64 at $659.
Internally, the device sports a Dual-Core A5 Processor and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology. The mini features a 7.9-inch diagonal LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology, a 1024 x 768 resolution, and fingerprint-resistant coating.A front-facing 1.2-megapixel Facetime HD camera is included, along with a 5-megapixel iSight Camera. The mini is also capable of capturing 1080p HD videos. The battery can last up to 10 hours of internet or media usage using Wi-Fi, and 9 hours using a cellular network. Apple's cellular version of the device is supported by AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. Consumers should expect a Lighting to USB cable and a USB power adapter packaged with the iPad mini when it ships.
TechRadar had a chance to go hands-on with the mini, and state that the device "runs native apps, has a whopping 10 hours of battery life, and is extremely light and portable. It's also comfortable to hold for long periods of time and won't lead to wrist fatigue when you're watching a movie. The 4:3 aspect ratio also allows you to fit more on the screen when you're reading or surfing the web, which is a boon for 7-inch tablet fans."