TODAY | October 31, 2012
>> much. apple's newest tablet the ipad mini doesn't hit stores until friday but today we're getting a sneak peek in our studio.
>> i kind of love this. our technology expert got her hands on the much-hyped gadget. katie, good morning.
>> good morning.
>> by point of reference this is a normal ipad, this is the mini and then you can compare it to the size -- that's an iphone 5.
>> i just held it. i loved it. i hugged it. what is the difference, i mean, from a technological standpoint between this ipad and the mini ipad?
>> it's obviously as soon as you can pick it up you can tell how light it is. in terms of features, obviously much smaller. 7.9 inches as compared to the ipad 4 which is 9.7 inches, 20% thin and 53% lighter and jam packed inside there are the features. kind of like an ipad 2 so front facing, rear facing, 5 mega pixel camera. i was impressed by the battery life , really nerdy. had ten-plus hours. a really nice feature, but in terms of everything you would expect from an ipad it's right in there. fun size .
>> as i continue to play carol merrill , if you've got one of these, why do you need it?
>> a one-size-fits-all. it's your choice, another option for the consumer, if you wanted something more portable that's seven-inch form factor you now have choices.
>> put it in your purse or your murse in your case.
>> in terms of having a more portable option, noticed a big difference, use it in bed, handle it with one hand.
>> the price point is exclusive though especially with all the other lower price tablets?
>> all these 7-inch tablets on the market for $200 that are farrelly comparable. the price point is a bit high. the big kicker here is people love apple, they love the ecosystem. familiar with apps and itunes.
>> aren't there a bunch of number of pre-orders?
>> already pushed back. price point isn't hurting at all.
>> starts at 329 because if you want all the bells and whistles.
>> katie, thank you very much.
>> have to really spend for my christmas present. thank you.