APPLE has announced it has sold its 100 millionth iPad as it unveils a new mini version of the device - and a replacement for its third generation iPad which was launched only earlier this year.
As the technology giant faces increasing competition from other tablet makers, it unveiled it a 7.9 inch iPad mini.
Apple also announce a new 13-inch MacBook Pro, new 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMacs and an updated Mac Mini boxes.
Apple says the iPad mini is 23% thinner and 53% lighter than its normal iPad and features Facetime and iSight cameras, ultrafast wireless performance and 10 hours of battery life.
Apple also announced the fourth generation iPad featuring a 9.7-inch Retina™ display and new Apple-designed A6X chip.
"iPad mini is every inch an iPad,'' said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing
"With its gorgeous 7.9-inch display, iPad mini features the same number of pixels as the original iPad and iPad 2, so you can run more than 275,000 apps designed specifically for iPad," he said.
"iPad mini is as thin as a pencil and as light as a pad of paper, yet packs a fast A5 chip.''
The mini comes in a new aluminium and glass design that is just 7.2 mm thin and weighs only 308 grams.
Apple say it has 35% more screen real estate than 7-inch tablets and up to 67% usable viewing area when browsing the web.
The dual-core A5 chip delivers responsive graphics and a fast, fluid Multi-Touch experience, while still providing all-day battery life.
The iSight camera includes video image stabilisation and both cameras feature backside illumination to let users capture great pictures in low light.
iPad mini also allows easy sharing of photos with friends and family using iCloud's Shared Photo Streams.
iPad mini features dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi support for speeds up to 150 Mbps, which is twice the Wi-Fi performance compared to previous iPad models.
The Personal Hotspot feature means you can share a fast cellular data connection via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB with up to five other devices such as MacBook® Pro, iPod touch® or another iPad.
iPad Mini Pricing and Availability
iPad mini with Wi-Fi models will be available in black & slate or white & silver on Friday, November 2 for a recommended retail price of:
- AUD$369 inc. GST for the 16GB model
- AUD$479 inc. GST for the 32GB model
- AUD$589 inc. GST for the 64GB model.
The fourth generation iPad with Wi-Fi models will also be available on Friday, 2 November, in black or white for a recommended retail price of:
- AUD$539 inc. GST for the 16GB model
- AUD$649 inc. GST for the 32GB model
- AUD$759 inc. GST for the 64GB model.
Customers can begin pre-ordering all models of iPad mini and all models of the fourth generation iPad on Friday, 26 October through the Apple Online Store.
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