Apple has introduced the iPad Mini, a 7.9-inch tablet that is 23% thinner and 53% lighter than the third generation iPad.

The iPad Mini announcement came as no surprise, however, news of a fourth generation iPad was (to me at least, since my third generation iPad is about 7 months old). In addition, Apple announced a 13-inch Retina Display Macbook Pro, redesigned iMacs and Mac Mini.

The iPad Mini has 7.9-inch multi-touch display with FaceTime HD and a 5-megapixel iSight camera capable of 1080p recording; LTE and WiFi connectivity that is 2x faster than previous iPads; 10-hour battery life; Lightning connector; and its powered by Apple’s A5 chip.

It has a screen resolution of 1024×768 (same as the iPad 2), and a thin bezel on the sides (which I personally think looks disproportionate). During the live keynote presentation, Apple demonstrated how the iPad Mini design gives you 35% more screen real estate and 67% more viewing area when browsing the web, than other 7-inch tablets on the market.

I know I’m not the target market for this device (between a 3.5-inch phone and 10-inch tablet, there’s no room for anything between). There was a lot of emphasis on education, and the size of this device makes it the ideal student companion; as well as for parents and grandparents who are new to technology.

Pricing for the iPad Mini WiFi models are 16GB for $329; 32GB for $429 and the 64GB model for $529. iPad Mini with WiFi and Cellular are 16GB for $459; 32GB for $559; and 64GB for $659. It will ship on 2 November in the US and other countries, South Africa excluded. 

The fourth generation iPad features the same design as the third generation iPad, but is powered by an A6X chip, which is twice as fast as the A5X; and has a Lightning connector.

Personally, I’m not disappointed by the announcement of the fourth-generation iPad (unlike some folks). Contrary to what you think, I’m not actually obsessed with having the latest and greatest. I skip a generation of mobile devices and my third-generation iPad should last me a good few years (quite keen to try LTE with a Cell C SIM when it launches).

Read more about the iPad Mini here. Read more about Apple’s other announcements here.