iPad mini 2 with Retina display: Important things you need to know
The iPad mini with Retina display - or iPad Mini 2 - has now been officially unveiled by Apple. When any new device is announced there is a lot of information and marketing-talk to digest. In this article we cut to the chase and bring you all the important things you need to know about Apple's new compact tablet.
iPad mini with Retina display
The biggest addition to Apple's iPad mini with Retina display is highlighted in the name itself. Yep, Apple's 7.9 inch tablet now has a Retina display running at a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. That gives it a pixels-per-inch rating of 326, which is double that of the original iPad Mini.
A7 Processor and 64-bit architecture
Apple's iPad mini with Retina display includes the cutting-edge A7 processor that also features in the iPhone 5S and the full-sized iPad Air. That makes the second iPad Mini four times as fast as the original in terms of processor power, with the graphics performance being 8 times faster.
No fingerprint sensor
We always thought it was an outside bet that the iPad Mini 2 would have a TouchID fingerprint sensor and that proved to be the case. The fingerprint sensor seems to have been reserved for Apple's iPhone 5S because the iPad Air also lacks Apple's TouchID sensor.
128GB Model added
The Apple iPad with Retina display is available in a choice of either 16, 32, 64 or 128GB of onboard memory. The new higher capacity model enables users to store even more videos, photos and files on their tablet. With file sizes increasing all the option for more storage capacity will be welcomed by many users.
It's slightly thicker and heavier
The iPad mini with Retina display is slightly thicker than the original iPad mini (7.5mm v 7.2mm), and is also a little heavier than its predecessor (331g v 308g in WiFi-only models). When you consider Apple have packed in a Retina display and a much faster processor this increase seems reasonable.
It's even more 4G Ready
The Apple iPad mini already supported 4G, but the iPad mini with Retina display adds support for even more 4G LTE bands. While, WiFi performance has also been doubled thanks to the inclusion of MIMO (multiple-input multiple-output) - essentially it means it got two antennas making it twice as fast.
Where's my Gold?
The Apple iPad mini with Retina display isn't available in the new Gold colour introduced on Apple's iPhone 5S. Perhaps Apple thought that much Gold would make the tablet look tacky, but don't worry you can still enjoy two new iPad colours: Space Grey and Silver.
It'll launch in November (at sometime)
We know the iPad Air will launch in November 1st, but Apple are yet to confirm exactly when the iPad mini with Retina display will be available to buy. Apparently, problems producing the tablets Retina display have led to a slight delay in its launch.
The Apple iPad mini with Retina display prices start at £319 for the WiFi-only 16GB model. Sticking with the WiFi-only models you'll have to pay £399 for 32GB model, £479 for 64GB version and £559 for the 128GB iPad mini with Retina display.
The WiFi and Cellular models start at £419 and cost £100 more than the WiFi-only models across the range. Therefore, the top-end 128GB WiFi and Cellular model costs £659.
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By Simon Thomas on 23rd October, 2013