The iPad mini has landed in our grubby little hands. We're roasting piles of coffee beans for what will be a marathon of a review (check for it on Monday!), but we've already received numerous reader questions about the device. I put out a call on various social networks for questions earlier this week, and Ars readers gave me plenty to work with.
While I won't be able to answer many of the questions until I'm able to perform a full review, we thought it would be nice to answer a handful of the easier ones now in order to sate your appetite for iPad mini info. So here are answers to nine questions I received about the iPad mini. Feel free to add more questions in the comments, and I'll do my best to address them in the full review.
Will the iPad mini support multitouch gestures, such as four-finger swipe on the full-sized iPad?
Yes—the iPad mini is still just an iPad, after all. Like Apple's other, full-sized iPads, the iPad mini does support a wide range of multitouch gestures. This includes four- or five-finger vertical swipes to show/hide the task bar at the bottom of the screen, four- or five-finger horizontal swipes to quickly switch between recent apps, and four- or five-finger pinches to return to the home screen from an app. When I tested this, the multitouch functionality worked in exactly the same way as it does on my third-generation iPad.