10/22/2013 03:13 pm ET Updated Oct 22, 2013

'iPad Mini 2' Is Faster, Crisper And Heavier

The Huffington Post

Try to contain your excitement: Apple just announced a new version of the iPad Mini. It's pretty much the same as the last version, but there are some upgrades that Apple fans will want to know about.

Apple unveiled the new Mini and its larger sibling the iPad Air at an event in San Francisco on Tuesday.

While the new Air is lighter and thinner than its predecessor, the new Mini hasn't shed a drop of weight; getting even a bit heavier. The new Mini is 0.73 lbs for WiFi only and 0.75 lbs for WiFi and cellular, while the original iPad Minis weighed 0.68 lbs and 0.69 lbs. The new iPad Mini is also the tiniest bit thicker at 0.29 inches instead of 0.28.

The big cosmetic change is colors. The original iPad Mini is available in black and white. The new Mini t comes in black with a "Space Gray" finish and white with a silver finish. An anticipated gold version was not announced.

Apple upped the ante on the Mini's display, as rumored, the device will feature a higher resolution retina display akin to the iPhone and bigger iPad.

On the inside, the new iPad Mini is amped up. It is four times faster at processing and eight times faster at graphics with the same 10 hour battery life as the previous iPad Mini, according to Apple. Its WiFi is also twice as fast, the company claims.

The new iPad Mini will not be available until late November, just in time for the holidays. The later release -- the iPad Air will ship November 1st -- is likely due to manufacturing delays, Reuters reported last month.

The new iPad Mini will cost $399 with 16G and WiFi and $529 with cellular technology.

The original iPad Mini will now cost just $299 and will be the least-expensive iPad available. Apple is also releasing new iPad covers for both the new iPad Air and the iPad Mini for $39 and a new leather case for $69 for iPad Mini and $79 for the iPad Air.

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Apple's Oct. 22nd Event

10/22/2013 2:21 PM EDT

Tim Cook Now Back On Stage....Event Is Over

Cook is recapping all the new products, and showing a new ad for the iPad Air.

"Thank you for joining us."

And that's it. It's over.

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10/22/2013 2:21 PM EDT

Full iPad Lineup with Pricing

10/22/2013 2:20 PM EDT

New iPad Covers

$39 each

And new iPad cases, $79 for iPad Air, $69 for iPad mini.

10/22/2013 2:18 PM EDT

iPad mini with Retina display

Schiller announces new iPad mini with Retina display, 2048x1536 pixels, 7.9'' diagonal

A7 64-bit chip

10-hour battery life

Faster WiFi, expanded LTE support

5MP iSight camera, new FaceTime HD camera

Comes in silver, white, space grey, black

Starts at $399.

Available later in November, keeping original iPad mini on market for $299.

10/22/2013 2:08 PM EDT

iPad Air

Phil Schiller on stage announcing iPad Air, with Retina display. Thinner, lighter, "deserves a new name."

43% smaller bezel.

Weighs 1.0 pound.

"Lightest full-size tablet in the world"

"Screaming fast"

Faster WiFi, expanded LTE support

5MP iSight camera, 1080p HD video, new FaceTime HD camera

10-hour battery life.

Available in Silver, white, space grey, and black

Starts at $499, replaces top of the line iPad

iPad 2 remains on the market for $399.

Ships November 1st.

Schiller now showing video about the iPad Air.

10/22/2013 1:59 PM EDT

iPad TIME!

Tim Cook back on stage to talk about the iPad.

170 million iPads sold.

81% share of tablet usage, #1 in customer satisfaction.

10/22/2013 1:50 PM EDT

iWork Updates

Full file compatibility across all devices. 64-bit, "never been faster."

Brand new UI.

Demo-ing iWork apps now.

Available for FREE, today, with the purchase of any new Mac or iOS device.

10/22/2013 1:50 PM EDT

New Apps Free With New Devices, Available Today

New apps will be available for free starting today with the purchase of any new Mac or iOS device.

10/22/2013 1:49 PM EDT

GarageBand Demo

10/22/2013 1:46 PM EDT

Mac Pro Looks Really Weird, Let's Admit It

"I think there's not a small danger that if you have a Mac Pro on your desk, people will mistakenly throw their cigarette butts and candy wrappers in it," writes Farhad Manjoo for the WSJ's live blog.