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iPad Mini Retina Announced: 2048×1536 Display, 64-bit A7 Chip, Starts at $399

After weeks and weeks of rumors, leaks and speculative hype, Apple has finally announced the new iPad mini during the media event at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. When the iPad mini was released, many folks claimed that it was a great device altogether but it badly needed a Retina display. If you are one of those folks, you'll surely appreciate the new iPad mini with Retina Display.

Retina Display

Let's jump right in to the next-gen iPad mini's most attractive (and most requested) feature, the Retina Display. The iPad mini Retina sports a resolution of 2048×1536 pixels with 326 ppi pixel density. Definitely a considerable improvement over the first iPad mini at 1024 x 768 display with 136 ppi pixel density.

iPad mini Retina Resolution

It is also worth pointing out that the new iPad mini’s 326 ppi pixel density is actually higher than the Retina iPad’s pixel density of 264ppi. This ensures that the images and text will look much sharper on the iPad mini Retina when compared to its larger counterpart.

64-bit A7 Chip Processor

iPad mini Apps

The new iPad mini Retina is also a processing powerhouse as it houses the new 64-bit A7 chip, the same chip that you can find on the iPhone 5s and iPad Air. Needless to say, most if not all iOS apps will benefit from the boost provided by 64-bit computing and with the new GPU with OpenGL ES 3.0 support, games and apps with complex graphics will fare well in terms of speed and performance.

It also comes with the new M7 motion coprocessor which allows independent processing of motion related data without taking its toll on the battery or overloading the CPU.


iPad mini Retina Design

If you are hoping for a dramatic shift in design with the new generation iPad mini, then you are in for a disappointment. The iPad mini Retina looks nearly the same as the current iPad mini. That is hardly a surprise especially when Apple has adopted the same exact design with its new full-sized iPad Air. The iPad mini with Retina Display will be offered in four colors: space grey and black, and silver and white.

You also have to unlock this new iPad mini the old-fashioned way because there is no TouchID sensor to be found here, contrary to what rumors have been saying.

Pricing & Availability

iPad Mini Retina Pricing

With such bumped up specs and Retina Display, it's not really surprising that Apple has increased the price of the Retina iPad mini. Presumably to cover the costs of the A7 chip and Retina Display, the WiFi model of iPad mini Retina starts at $399 for the 16GB model, $499 for the 32GB model, $599 for 64GB, and $699 for the 128GB variant. If you want the Wi+Fi + Cellular variants, you have to shell out $529, $629, $729 and $829 for the 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB models respectively.

The first iPad mini will be subjected to a price cut with $299 for the Wi-Fi version and $429 for the WiFi+Cellular variant. The new iPad mini will be officially sold some time in November.

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