We've all known that iPad prototypes of every shape and size reside inside Apple's design lab, but few of us believed we'd ever see one on store shelves. Of course, when the rumor machine leapt into top gear, it seemed that Apple had relaxed its legendary stance on "tweener tablets." Now Tim Cook and chums have whipped the covers from the iPad Mini, it's time to delve inside.
Given that this is an entirely new product from the company, we thought we'd stack it up against the third and fourth generation iPads -- the latter coming out just seven months after we threw down cash on the former. That way, we can identify what compromises and concessions have been made to squeeze the iPad experience into a smaller body. Join us after the break to to take part in the stats extravaganza, but excuse us if we're a little distracted -- we're still suffering from concussion where Apple kicked all of us third-generation iPad owners in the teeth.
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|iPad Mini||iPad (Early 2012)||iPad (late 2012)|
|Display||7.9-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD||9.7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD||9.7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD|
|Resolution||1,024 x 768||2048 x 1536||2,048 x 1,536|
|Pixel Density||163 ppi||264 ppi||264 ppi|
|CPU||1 GHz dual-core Apple A5||1 GHz dual-core Apple A5X||1 GHz dual-core Apple A6X|
|Graphics||PowerVR SGX MP4+ (tbc)||PowerVR SGX MP4+||PowerVR SGX554 MP4|
|Storage||16GB / 32GB / 64GB||16GB / 32GB / 64GB||16GB / 32GB / 64GB|
|Front Camera||1.2-megapixel||VGA (640 x 480)||1.2-megapixel|
|Rear Camera||5-megapixel f/2.4 AF||5-Megapixel AF||5-Megapixel f/2.4 AF|
|Cellular||GSM or CDMA, HSPA+ / LTE||3G, HSPA+, DC-HPA, 4G LTE (AT&T, Verizon)||GSM or CDMA, HSPA+ / LTE|
|WiFi||Dual-Band 802.11 a/b/g/n||802.11 a/b/g/n||Dual-Band 802.11 a/b/g/n|
|Dimensions (WiFi)||200 x 134.7 x 7.2mm||241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm||241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm|
|Dimensions (Cellular)||200 x 134.7 x 7.2mm||241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm||241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm|
|Weight (WiFi)||308 grams (0.68 pounds)||652 grams (1.44 pounds)||652 grams (1.44 pounds)|
|Weight (Cellular)||312 grams (0.69 pounds)||662 grams (1.46 pounds)||662 grams (1.46 pounds)|
|Battery||16.3-watt-hour lithium polymer||42.5-watt-hour lithium polymer||42.5-watt-hour lithium polymer|
|Ports||Lightning, 3.5mm headphone||30-pin, 3.5mm headphone||Lightning, 3.5mm headphone|
|Location (WiFi)||WiFi, Digital Compass||WiFi, Digital Compass||WiFi, Digital Compass|
|Location (3G / LTE)||aGPS, GLONASS, Cellular, WiFi||aGPS, 3G, 4G, Digital Compass, WiFi||aGPS, GLONASS, Cellular, WiFi|
|Minimum Price||$329 WiFi-only, $459 Cellular||$499 WiFi-only, $629 Cellular||$499 WiFi-only, $629 Cellular|
|Details accurate at launch|