If there was one thing missing in the original iPad Mini it was the Retina screen, something that has now been rectified with the launch of the brand new iPad Mini Retina.
iPad Mini Retina design and features
If one thing can be said about the new iPad Mini Retina, it’s that it pretty much delivered what was expected, with a few additional bonuses in terms of free apps such as Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. There are no major design changes to this second generation iPad Mini, but there are plenty of feature improvements, with the addition of the much wanted Retina display being the biggest change. With the new Retina display, the iPad Mini sports an impressive 3.1 million pixels into the 7.9-inch screen, with a 2048×1536 screen resolution.
Behind the impressive Retina display there are also some improved features, such as the inclusion of the new A7 chip, delivering 64-bit desktop power to the iPad Mini, and its M7 coprocessor. This means that CPU performance have increased by up to 4X and the GPU performance by up to 8X. Apple have also boosted the wireless performance by using two antennas and new MIMO technology to allow up to 300Mbps download speeds. Plus, the new iPad Mini Retina supports more LTE networks as well. And all of this is packed into a device that is a mere 7.5mm thick and weighing less than 350g.
At the back of the iPad Mini Retina is the 5MP iSight camera, whilst the front boasts a Facetime HD camera with improved sensor for better video calls. Dual microphones have also been included to ensure better voice on both calls and video.
iPad Mini Retina price and release date
An exact release date has not been provided for the new iPad Mini Retina yet, but it will be out sometime in November, so you should still be able to get it before Christmas. In terms of options, it will be available in white/silver and black/space grey color options, but new smartcovers allows you to brighten it up should you so wish. Apple will also be selling the 16GB iPad Mini 1st generation alongside the new iPad Mini Retina at a reduced price from £249.
These are the size options and recommended retail price for the iPad Mini Retina:
- iPad Mini Retina 16GB WiFi only – £319 / $399
- iPad Mini Retina 16GB WiFi + Cellular – £419 / $529
- iPad Mini Retina 32GB WiFi only – £399 / $499
- iPad Mini Retina 32GB WiFi + Cellular – £499 / $629
- iPad Mini Retina 64GB WiFi only – £479 / $599
- iPad Mini Retina 64GB WiFi + Cellular - £579 / $729
- iPad Mini Retina 128GB WiFi only – £559 / $699
- iPad Mini Retina 128GB WiFi + Cellular – £659 / $829
Further details on when, where, and any deals to come.
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The fireworks might have been left for later, but this morning Apple started selling the new iPad Mini Retina through their stores and online here in the UK. It is expected that the iPad Mini Retina will be a big seller this Christmas, so it could be a good idea to get your orders in early.
Apple has concluded quite the busy keynote tonight, an event that included plenty of information about the latest Maverick OS update, new iLife and iWork apps, new Macbook Pros, and the impressive Mac Pro. But stealing the show was the new iPad Air (5th generation iPad), followed by the new Retina iPad Mini.