The second-generation iPad mini is getting a refresh today. You won’t notice such sweeping changes on the outside as with the iPad Air, though. The design remains fundamentally the same, which we aren’t complaining about.
The first and most important improvement: the iPad mini now has a Retina Display. It keeps the same 7.85-inch screen size, but packs in 4 times as many pixels, 2048 x 1536. Considering that the biggest complaint against the iPad mini all along has been its lower resolution display, this should please just about everyone who would be a potential buyer. In fact, the iPad mini now boasts the highest resolution of any tablet in the 7-inch class. The new Kindle Fire HDX, for example, is 1920 x 1200.
As for processing power, the new iPad mini is no slouch. It’s powered by Apple’s A7 chip, which will give substantial performance gains across the board over its predecessor. Apple claims CPU speeds that are twice as fast. It’s also the first mobile chip based on 64-bit architecture, introduced with the iPhone 5s last month.
As for color options, just like the iPad Air, you’ve got Silver, White, Gray, and Black.
The iPad mini will go on sale “in November” starting at $399 for the 16 GB WiFi-only model. LTE models will start at $529 for the same 16 GB option. Apple also announced they’ll be keeping the original iPad mini around and slashing the price $30 to $299 for the 16 GB WiFi-only model.
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