Together with the full-sized iPad Air, Apple also announced today the next-generation iPad Mini, dubbed iPad Mini 2. The tablet will go on sale “later in November” with no specific date revealed at this moment. The slate will be available in four memory options. The 16 GB Wi-Fi-only model will cost at $399 and the price will go up to $499, $599 and $699 for the 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB variants, respectively. Variants with LTE connectivity will bump the price up $130 on each model.
Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina display
Just like the iPad Air, the second-generation iPad Mini was slimmed down compared to the previous model. The tablet now measures 200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm and weighs in at 331g / 341g for the Wi-Fi only/LTE versions, respectively. It was rumored that the new iPad Mini would come with a Retina display and indeed it does. The resolution is 2048 x 1536 pixels, which is the same as the iPad Air, delivery a pixel density of impressive 326 ppi.
It is not only the display that Apple decided to improve, though. The iPad Mini 2’s compact body hides Apple’s powerful 64-bit A7 processor and 1 GB of RAM. The tablet’s 2380 mAh battery is a tad more powerful than previously and should deliver up to 10 hours of video playback time, according to Apple.
Among the features that remain unchanged are both cameras. It means that you will be getting a 5-megapixel, 5-element, f/2.4 iSight camera on the back and a 1.2-megapixel FaceTime HD camera located on the front panel. Apparently Apple thought that the rumored 8-megapixel camera would be too much for one show. Maybe next time.
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