iPad Mini Release Date is Nov. 2: Tablet Debuts With iPad 4th Generation

The iPad Mini release event had a huge surprise for Apple fans as the company also decided to introduce the iPad 4th generation model there.

The next version of the hit full-size tablet features some minor differences from its predecessor, including an A6X chip, Lightning connector and 2X Wi-Fi. Various tech analysts were shocked as Apple basically threw this updated device in the middle of the iPad Mini and next-gen 13-inch MacBook Retina, Mac Mini, and iMac unveilings.

The iPad Mini certainly maintained its position as the star of the media event, which took place earlier today.

The shrunken down Apple tablet features a 7.9-inch 1024 x 768 display, making it slightly larger than many small tablet competitors, such as the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD.

Other specifications on the iPad Mini include 4G LTE connectivity, a dual-core A5 chipset, front Facetime camera, rear 5-megapixel camera, a Lighting connector, and a battery capable of lasting up to 10 hours.

The iPad Mini was described by Apple as a smaller version of the iPad 2 that is slightly more powerful.

It can be held in one hand and features tons of applications specifically designed for iPad users.

The iPad Mini will come in three memory capacities including a 16GB, 32GB and 64GB.

The Wi-Fi only models will retail for $329, $429, and $529, pricing them slightly above their competitors, while the cellular versions will sell for $459, $559, and $659.

The 4th generation iPad model will replace the current third-gen line and will be priced exactly the same, starting at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version. The iPad 2 will also still be available.

Apple will begin taking pre-orders for the iPad Mini starting this Friday, Oct. 26.

The Wi-Fi versions will ship on Nov. 2, with the cellular models following suit two weeks later.

The iPad 4 will also now be available on Sprint.