It looks like Verizon and Sprint will be among the first carriers to offer the iPad mini and the 4th generation iPad. Shortly after Apple’s official announcement, both operators announced plans to carry the two tablets “in the coming weeks.”
It’s likely that Sprint and Verizon
might offer 4G LTE versions of the iPad mini, but the pricing options are unclear for the moment. So far, Apple announced that the following models would be available for purchase in the next weeks:
- Wi-Fi+Cellular iPad mini 16GB at $459 USD (355 EUR)
- Wi-Fi+Cellular iPad mini 32GB at $559 USD (430 EUR)
- Wi-Fi+Cellular iPad mini 64GB at $659 USD (510 EUR).
Apple also confirmed that pre-orders for iPad mini would kick off on October 26 and the slate would go on sale on November 2.
However, the company also stated that only the Wi-Fi variant would be out on the market in early November, while the “cellular” versions would be launched later.
This means that there’s no way to tell exactly when Sprint and Verizon might get their iPad mini tablets, but we hope more details will leak in the following weeks.
The same goes for the 4th generation iPad, which has been improved with an Apple-designed A6X chip, a new FaceTime HD camera and faster Wi-Fi performance.
The iPad mini comes with a 7.9-inch display that supports 1024 x 768 pixels resolution. The slate is 23% thinner and 53% lighter than the 3rd-generation iPad.
On the inside, iPad mini packs a dual-core processor A5 chip designed by Apple and full LTE support. The tablet offers both Wi-Fi support and Lightning connector.
There’s also a 5-megapixel iSight camera
with autofocus and full HD (1080p) video recording on the back, along with a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera for FaceTime video calls.
According to Apple, the iPad mini features the thinnest single cell battery built by Apple, which is rated for up to 10 hours of continuous usage. Stay tuned for more updates on the matter.