A new section on Apple's website devoted to the iPad mini features the keynote presentation and the iPad mini video. Images on the site also highlight the fact that the smaller device with a 7.9-inch screen can be held with one hand.
Key features touted by Apple are the fact that the iPad mini offers "the full iPad experience" on its 7.9-inch display, and is compatible with more than 275,000 applications made for the iPad platform.
Customers will be able to preorder the new iPad mini beginning this Friday, and the Wi-Fi-only models will ship a week later. Cellular-capable variants of the iPad mini are scheduled to arrive at a later date.
The iPad mini is 7.87 inches tall, 5.3 inches wide, and has a depth of 0.28 inches. It weights 0.68 pounds, and comes in capacities of 16, 32 and 64 gigabytes.
The 7.9-inch display has a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at 163 pixels per inch. It's powered by a dual-core A5 processor, and also has a FaceTime HD camera and 5-megapixel iSight camera.
Like the larger iPad, the iPad mini has a home button, volume controls, a mute/rotation switch, and a lock button. It also has a 3.5-millimeter stereo headphone jack and microphone, with a built-in speaker and Lighting connector.
The built-in 16.3-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery offers up to 10 hours of surfing the Web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music. It also has a three-axis gyroscope, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and digital compass.