In just two and a half years, Apple’s iPad has integrated itself into businesses worldwide. Today, the company introduced a couple of new tablets into its lineup.

First up is the much-anticipated iPad mini. Rather than just reduce the size of the previous iPad, the mini sports customized designs. It features a 7.9 display (compared to 9.7 of the previous generation) and is 53 percent lighter at 0.68 pounds. The mini also offers up to 10 hours of battery life and features the same resolution of the iPad 2: 1024×768.

Making it easier for businesses to adopt the smaller model, Apple noted that all software for the iPad works on the mini without change. So whether you’re creating on Keynote, sharing content on Facebook, or collaborating through FaceTime, all of your favorite apps will work. Even new-to-iPad apps like LinkedIn and Pinterest will look great on the smaller screen.

The iPad mini will start at $329 for 16GB of storage and Wi-Fi. Of course, there are several Wi-Fi and cellular configurations, ranging in price from $429 to $659 (a full breakdown is displayed below). You can pre-order any of the Wi-Fi versions this Friday, and models will begin shipping on November 2nd. Cellular versions will ship two weeks later.

Apple also introduced the fourth generation iPad with retina display. The new model boasts doubled CPU and graphics performance as well as 10 hours of battery life. Similar to the mini, the Wi-Fi models will be available November 2nd with cellular versions shipping a couple of weeks later. (Prices are noted in the image above.) It’s also worth noting that the both of the new iPads will available at Sprint — the iPad 2 is still only available for AT&T and Verizon customers.

The iPad continues to be a powerful tool for many businesses. In fact, 94 percent of Fortune 500 companies are either testing or utilizing the iPad. There are many ways in which you can integrate a tablet into your daily business operations. With a new lower price, the iPad mini is definitely worth checking out.

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