Although, the iPhone 5 has not yet been released in Israel, Apple’s two newest iPad models were launched in Israel last Tuesday through authorized reseller iDigital Ltd.
The basic 16 GB iPad mini with Wi-Fi only connectivity is priced at NIS 1,650, with the 32 GB Wi-Fi only version costing NIS 2,150 for customers who need more storage space. Due to international taxes, these are a bit higher than the US pricing for the devices; $329 (NIS 1,370) for the 16 GB Wi-Fi iPad mini and $429 (NIS 1,780) for the 32 GB version.
The new 16 GB iPad with 4G LTE connectivity was also released on Tuesday, and carries a price tag of NIS 2,460. In the United States, the fourth-generation iPad costs NIS 2,075, or $499 USD.
With the exception of a new A6X dual-core processor and the controversial Lightning dock connector, the fourth-gen iPad is essentially the same device in size, design and internal specs as the third-gen version released in March 2012.
The iPad mini is a completely new device, on the other hand. It is Apple’s maiden entry in the budget tablet market, and despite costing more than the average 7-inch slate, it also offers more in several areas while weighing less. It is only 7.2 millimeters thick, or nearly 25 percent thinner than a full-sized iPad.
The iPad mini’s specifications include a dual-core A5X processor, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 7.9-inch 1,024 x 768 “standard” non-Retina display and just like the new iPad and iPhone 5, the Lightning dock connector.