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iPad Mini set for NZ release, plus a slew of other product updates

ipad mini release nz specsApple is adding a 7.9-inch iPad Mini to its lineup, and Apple acolytes will be able to order them from Friday ahead of the November 2 on-sale date.

With an A5 chip, 1024 x 768 pixel display (the same resolution as the iPad 2), FaceTime HD front-facing camera, 5MP iSight camera on the back,  a width of just 7.2mm, and of course the new Lightning connector, the iPad Mini will retail here for $479 for the 16GB model, $629 for the 32GB and $779 for the 64GB.

Apple also announced the release of a new full-sized iPad: the fourth-generation model features a 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536 display, a new A6 processor and is 9.44mm thick.

Those, too, will go on sale next month, with an RRP of $729 for the 16GB model, $879 for the 32GB model and $1029 for the 64GB.

In the laptop world, a MacBook Pro with a 13.3 inch retina display and Mac Mini are joining the family, and faster, thinner iMacs are bulking up Apple's desktop offerings.