APPLE have launched their eagerly awaited iPad Mini, which will be available next month.
The tablet, which can be held in one hand, is 7.2mm thick and weighs 0.68lbs. Its arrival was announced at an event in California.
In the US, it will cost $329 (£206) for the wifi-only 16GB model and will be available on November 2.
The iPad Mini will compete directly with similar sized tablets from Google and Amazon.
In 2010, late founder Steve Jobs described such tablets as being “too small”.
But pressure from competitors appears to have forced a change of heart. Amazon’s new 7in Kindle Fire HD costs $199 (£159 in the UK). And Google’s Nexus 7 has a price tag of $250 (£159).