Apple unveils new smaller version of the iPad


Apple Inc took the wraps off its long-awaited iPad mini tablet device on Tuesday, as well as an upgraded fourth-generation version of the original iPad.

Apple said at a California press conference that the new smaller iPad has a 7.9 inch screen as opposed to the 9.7 inch screen on the larger device. The company said it was approximately the thickness of a pencil and would offer both WiFi and cellular data connections.

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Earlier at the same event, the company also revealed upgrades to its iMac and Mac mini desktop computer lines and MacBook Pro laptop platform.

(Writing By Ben Berkowitz)