Update: See my new article about using the iPad Mini for on-the-road car GPS navigation and music.
Apple launched its much-anticipated iPad Mini today, which has a 7.9-inch display, and is 23% thinner, and 53% lighter than the iPad. The new smaller iPad has much in common with its larger cousins, including its GPS specifications. iPad Mini models that include "Wi-Fi + cellular" - in Apple terminology - have built-in GPS chips to help locate you and provide precision positioning when using maps and turn-by-turn directions apps. The less costly "Wi-Fi" iPad Mini models do not have built-in GPS chips, but do rely on WiFi positioning, which can be quite accurate when you are within range of multiple WiFi signals. The new Mini is likely to be an impressive turn-by-turn GPS device, when matched with a good navigation app, due its large screen and ample speaker volume and quality. I'll be reviewing all of the Mini's mapping, GPS, and turn-by-turn capabilities here soon. The iPad Mini line starts at $329, and the lowest-cost Mini with a GPS chip is the Wi-Fi + Cellular 16GB model, at $459. Image © Apple