Confirming one of its worst-kept secrets, Apple took the wraps off the iPad Mini during a press event on Tuesday.
The new device, a, comes in six pricing configurations. In addition to the 16GB tablet with Wi-Fi at $329, the 32GB tablet with Wi-Fi is $429, and the 64BG version is $529. For devices with Wi-Fi and 4G cellular connections, the 16GB tablet is $459, the 32GB is $559, and the 64GB is $659. These devices are shipping two weeks after their Wi-Fi-only counterparts.
The iPad Mini, giving the company a new area of growth at a time when its highly profitable iPhone, as well as its MacBook and iMac lines, are reaching maturity. The iPad Mini, which will sell at a 34 percent discount to its larger cousin, simultaneously puts the rest of the competition, including Amazon's Kindle Fire HD and Google's Nexus 7, on notice.
Also at Tuesday's event, Apple introduced a
The device will come with an A6X processor that has twice the CPU and graphics power of the third-generation iPad. It starts at $499.
If Microsoft's new Surface device is successful, it will create a new category, something between Apple's iPad and notebook computers made by its partners.
Apple wraps up its fiscal year with mixed fourth-quarter results. The company exceeds Wall Street's expectations on revenue, but misses on profits and iPad sales.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the social network is not doing as well as he likes on gaming, and that relates directly to Zynga's performance.
After Facebook's third-quarter earnings report, company execs stress mobile, mobile and yes, even more mobile.
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The office's action, which is non-final, rules that all 20 claims in Apple's rubber-banding patent are invalid. Now let's see what, if anything, Judge Koh has to say.
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