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At a Glance: The mini iPad vs. older model


Here's a look at the key differences between the iPad Mini, updated full-sized iPad and previous models. The two versions announced Tuesday 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 Nov. 2):

— Prices: 16-gigabyte Wi-Fi-only model for $329, 32 gigabytes for $429 and 64 gigabytes 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

— U.S. wireless carriers: AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint

— U.S. release date: Nov. 2, 2012

Fourth-generation iPad (available Nov. 2):

— Prices: 16-gigabyte Wi-Fi-only model for $499, 32 gigabytes for $599 and 64 gigabytes 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)

— U.S. wireless carriers: AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint

— U.S. 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)

— U.S. wireless carriers: AT&T, Verizon Wireless

— U.S. release date: March 16, 2012

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

— U.S. wireless carriers: AT&T, Verizon Wireless

— U.S. 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

— U.S. wireless carriers: AT&T

— U.S. release date: April 3, 2010


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