Thursday News: iPad Mini is here; 3D printing produces a drone; EU to close Etailers Tax Dodge
The iPad Mini is here, finally. The specs are a 7.9″ diagonal screen with the same resolution as an iPad 2 (which I still own and use. I think the iPad 2 is a great device and while the Retina screen is sharper and clearer, I’ve never felt the lack). The actual device size is 7.87 inches by 5.3 inches and it weighs almost 11 ounces. In comparison, the Kindle Paperwhite weighs 7.5 oz.
The biggest drawback of the iPad Mini is the price. The base wifi model is $329, which is $129 more than the 7″ Kindle Fire or the comparable Google Nexus tablet. A 3G 32 GB device will run you $559. At that price, you might want to just buy the iPad 2 that the Apple store is still selling for $529 (16GB + 3G)
You can preorder the devices beginning on October 26, 2012, sometime after 12 am EST. I couldn’t find a specific time.
“To make a plastic turbofan engine to scale five years ago would have taken two years, at a cost of about $250,000,” Sheffler said. “But with 3-D printing we designed and built it in four months for about $2,000. This opens up an arena of teaching that was not available before. It allows us to train engineers for the real challenges they will face in industry.” A-Maz-ing. Are you guys bored with my fascination with 3D printing yet? UVA Today