Apple unveiled its new iPad Mini on Wednesday, pricing it at $329 for a 16 GB Wi-Fi-only version,
$429 for 32 GB Wi-Fi-only version and $529 for 64GB Wi-Fi-only version.
The Mini’s cellular counterparts start a $459, $559, and $659, for the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions, respectively.
Pre-orders start Friday. The Wi-Fi-only models will ship Nov. 2 and the cellular models two weeks after that.
The 7.9-inch tablet is as thin as a pencil and weighs .68 pounds. “It’s as light as paper,” said Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller in unveiling the new tablet in San Jose, Calif.
The Mini’s chief competitors, Amazon’s 7-inch Kindle Fire, priced at $159 to $199, and Google’s Nexus 7 at $199, are cheaper devices. Both the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 have Android-based operating systems.
Apple has sold more than 100 million iPads in the two years it has been on the market. Pre-orders for the Mini start on the same day another tablet hits the market, Microsoft’s Surface device.
Apple also used Tuesday to introduce a line of new Mac computers and other developments.
Will you be placing your order Friday or standing in line later for the new Mini?