Apple has announced two new products in its iPad range, the iPad mini and the fourth generation iPad (iPad 4). Both new iPads will be released on November 2, with pre-orders starting on October 26.

The iPad mini features a 7.9-inch screen, and is 23 per cent thinner and 53 per cent lighter than the third generation iPad - it doesn't have a Retina display, instead offering the same number of pixels as the iPad 2. Internally it's running on a dual-core A5 chip.

"iPad mini is every inch an iPad. With its gorgeous 7.9-inch display, iPad mini features the same number of pixels as the original iPad and iPad 2, so you can run more than 275,000 apps designed specifically for iPad," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "iPad mini is as thin as a pencil and as light as a pad of paper, yet packs a fast A5 chip, FaceTime HD and 5 megapixel iSight cameras and ultrafast wireless - all while delivering up to 10 hours of battery life."

The new fourth generation iPad features a 9.7-inch Retina display, a new Apple-designed A6X chip, FaceTime HD camera and ultrafast wireless performance. The iPad mini and fourth generation iPad come with iOS 6, the latest version of Apple's mobile iOS that hasn't gone down well with some users due to the removal of Google Maps.

iPad mini will be available starting at £269 for the 16GB model (£429 for 64GB). The iPad 4 starts at £399 for the 16GB version (£559 for the 64GB version).