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iPad Mini: Five secrets that Apple never mentioned

The Gadget Show  Wednesday 24 October 2012

iPad Mini: Five secrets that Apple never mentioned

Last night, Apple unveiled the new iPad mini to the world, a slimmed down, 7.9-inch version of its astronomically popular tablet. It’s a strong, if pricey offering aimed at wooing away shoppers tempted by low price seven inch Android tablets like the Google Nexus 7, and while marketing boss Phil Schiller bigged up most of its features, it appears he’s left a few out. Here are five things you need to know about the iPad mini Apple never mentioned.

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Surprisingly, Apple made no mention of the fact that the iPad mini supports Siri, its smart voice-controlled assistant. Given that the iPad mini sports much of the same hardware as the iPad 2 (but in a smaller shell), we thought Apple had left it out – the iPad 2 doesn’t support Siri, for instance. Fret not though: the iPad mini does indeed support Siri, as well as all the new commands it can follow in iOS 6.


Apple’s UK arm got a slap on the wrist from the Advertising Standards Agency for promoting the third generation iPad as 4G-capable, given that it couldn’t possibly work with the planned frequencies for 4G in the UK. No such concerns for the iPad mini. The Wi-Fi plus cellular model coming in late November supports both UK 3G and 4G frequencies, so whatever network you’re on, you’ll be able to get high speed data on the go.

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A smart bezel

Apple’s iPad mini looks subtly different from the iPad: that’s because its longer sides have narrower edges around the screen. It makes it look more attractive, but it’s also not been done on a tablet before because it means your fingers can easily touch the screen by accident while gripping it. With the iPad mini, Apple’s come up with a solution: it can tell whether you’re deliberately interacting with the screen near its edges, or just resting your paws on it. It’s a great idea – let’s hope it works in practice.

HD Facetime

The iPad mini also has a different front camera than the iPad 2: where the 2011 tablet could only muster grimey VGA resolution for video chats over FaceTime, the iPad mini can do crips 720p HD, so you’ll be able to see every pore on your friend’s mug. Maybe that’s not a feature, actually…


Like the iPhone 5 before it, the new iPad mini uses a new type of SIM card for data on the go. It’s a nano-SIM, which is even smaller than the micro-SIM pioneered by the iPhone 4. It saves on space, but it does also mean converting your current SIM, regular or micro, is very tricky. If you’ve got an existing data-plan, you may well have to port it to a new nano-SIM first.


Apple, iPad, iPad Mini, tablet, iOS

User comments (8)

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Got iPad 3 it's just perfect not interested in the mini iPad at all 4g concerning can always use my iPhone 5 as a hot spot for my iPad got unlimited Internet on it!

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I do not understand why the Ipad 2 does not support Siri and ipad mini those seeing they both use the same processor.

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Mike, the reason the iPad 2 does not have Siri is simple- it's still a brilliant tablet, if not better in some ways than the 3. It's lighter and thinner because it doesn't have a retina display so doesn't need the extra power, but the display is still gorgeous. You won't notice a performance difference either, and for those reasons they had to disable some features so as not to hurt sales of the 3.

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is it 4g like the iPhone 5 (not compatible with the frequencies O2 and Vodafone will use), or is it full 4g across all the full frequency options?

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Ditto @ Marcus

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The article is incorrect - LTE/4G support on the ipad mini is only for the EE bands Not the ones that will be auctioned in the new year. Please do better C5/GS

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For a gadget programme why can't i watch the videos. What happened to HTLM5 Come on get with it

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I have a iPad mini and if anyone is looking to buy one I say you sould get it

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