The iPad mini will be arriving on doorsteps across the United States tomorrow, and ahead of the release, we’ve learned some new information about Apple’s diminutive tablet.
It turns out the iPad mini is indeed sporting the exact same processor that the iPad 2 uses, as discovered by Chipworks. The mini uses the A5 system-on-a-chip with a 32-nanometer process.
This chip is manufactured by rival Samsung, and it is the same chip that is found in the newer iPad 2s.
Apple’s iPad mini also comes with the exact same charger as the iPhone 5, which was released earlier this year in September. There was some speculation that the iPad mini might come with the same 12-volt charger as the regular sized iPad, but as it turns out, the little tablet is powered by Apple’s smaller iPhone charger.
The iPad mini’s battery has three times the capacity of the iPhone’s battery, which may mean that the mini will charge much slower than Apple’s iPhone 5.
Apple’s iPad mini has already shipped out to customers who pre-ordered the device. It will be available in stores tomorrow for purchase, as Friday is the official release date.