The iPad Mini is no longer just a figment of Apple enthusiasts' imaginations. This afternoon, during an event in San Jose, Calif., Apple finally introduced the Mini to the masses.
The tablet comes in a 7.9 inches long, and 7.22 mm thick with a $329 starting price. But the Mini wasn't the only story at the event. The fourth generation iPad was also announced, starting at $499 for the 16GB with Wi-Fi. The Mini will be able to run all of the same software as its big brother, the iPad.
Apple will start taking orders on Friday, and those orders will ship starting in November--not coincidentally in time for the holiday rush. Apple also announced a new MacBook Pro with 13-inch retina display and a smaller iMac.
CNET stacked the iPad Mini up against its competition, the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire. With the Mini's bigger screen, and bigger price tag, only time--or the holiday buying season--will tell which tiny tablet will conquer the market.