Apple has finally lifted the lid on one of the most widely rumoured products of the year, the iPad mini. The 7.9in screened tablet is the company's first foray into the smaller tablet market.

The iPad mini wasn't the only iPad Apple unveiled today. Less than eight months after it launched the third generation iPad (called the "new iPad"), the company confined that model to the history books by releasing a fourth generation version.

The new fourth generation Apple iPad is identical in design to the previous model but has the new Lightning connector, an upgraded A6X processor and will work on UK 4G networks.

How much different is the new iPad mini to the new, fourth generation iPad? Is it a downgrade in more ways that one or does it just have a smaller display? Let's find out.

 

Apple iPad mini

Apple iPad (4th Generation)

Screen size

7.9in

9.7in

Display resolution

1024x768

2048x1536 ("Retina")

Display technology

LED-backlit IPS

LED-backlit IPS

Pixel density

163ppi

264ppi

Front camera

1.2-megapixels

1.2-megapixels

Rear camera

5 megapixels, no flash

5 megapixels, no flash

Camera features

Autofocus, geotagging, touch focus, face detection

Autofocus, geotagging, touch focus, face detection

Video recording

1080p HD @ 30fps (720p HD front camera)

1080p HD @ 30fps (720p HD front camera)

Internal memory

16GB/32GB/64GB

16GB/32GB/64GB

Thickness

7.2mm

9.4mm

Weight

308g

652g

RAM

512MB

1GB

Processor

Apple A5 dual-core (1GHz)

Apple A6X dual-core (1GHz)

Australian 3G networks

HSDPA 850/900/2100

HSDPA 850/900/2100

Australian 4G networks

LTE 1800MHz (Telstra, Optus)

LTE 1800MHz (Telstra, Optus)

Wi-Fi

802.11a/b/g/n

802.11a/b/g/n

Bluetooth

4.0 with A2DP

4.0 with A2DP

HDMI-out

No (Yes, with optional Lightning Digital AV Adapter: $59)

No (Yes, with optional Lightning Digital AV Adapter: $59)

Dock connector

'Lightning' 8-pin

'Lightning' 8-pin

Quoted battery life

Up to 10h

Up to 10h

Battery

16.3W Lithium polymer

42.5W Lithium polymer