On Oct. 23, Apple finally took the wraps off its iPad Mini. The device, which was rumored for months, comes with a 7.9-inch screen and a new design. In addition, the tablet, which Apple says is capable of being held in one hand, will come with 4G LTE service when it launches in mid-November. The WiFi-only version of the iPad Mini is expected to hit store shelves on November 2. Aside from the new iPad Mini, Apple showed off a new fourth-generation iPad. That device, which took spectators by surprise, is basically an updated version of the third-generation slate Apple showed off in March. The biggest improvement is the new A6X processor. That chip, Apple says, will double both the CPU performance and graphics processing. In addition, like the iPad Mini, the fourth-generation iPad comes with the Lightning port. For CIOs, much of the Oct. 23 event was useless. The event centered mainly on the ways in which the tablets can be used for consumers, and didn’t talk all that much about their possible use in the enterprise. But we plan to fix that right now, so flip through the following slides to find out what CIOs should know about Apple’s new iPads.
5. LTE Is Now Everywhere
Although Apple took a long time to bring 4G LTE service to its mobile devices, the ultra-high-speed service is now running on its entire mobile line. The iPhone 5 got 4G LTE last month, and the fourth-generation iPad and iPad Mini will ship with it next month. It’s about time Apple embraces that technology.
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