It's official - per the speculation, it appears to be neatly positioned between the Touch and the 'regular' iPad. Pre-order price is 329 USD to the (whopping..) 299 USD Apple are asking for the 5G Touch at 32GB. For all the historical resistance to a 7" tablet, Apple reportedly couldn't ignore the success of the Kindle and other e-readers any longer.
I think the iPad's credentials as a portable source are well established on HF, although I'm not sure that the smaller form factor makes the Mini a better choice for a portable rig, assuming you want something beyond the HP out. Its a lot closer to being 'pocketable' and the $170 discount on the regular (16GB retina-display) model will undoubtedly sell truckloads of Minis - just not sure that its something that will see queues outside Apple Stores ......
Over to you, Head-Fiers.
Edited by estreeter - 10/23/12 at 1:25pm