Apple has finally announced the long-rumored iPad mini 2 at their press event today. As it turns out, the new iPad mini is equipped with the 7.9-inch high-resolution Retina display boasting a resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels with 326ppi, matching the resolution of the 9.7-inch iPad. Most of the predictions from analysts and various publications turned out to be true; the tablets are available in space gray and silver. However, the overall form factor of the tablet remains unchanged.
The new iPad mini with Retina display comes with the same 64-bit A7 processor that powers the new iPad Air as well as the iPhone 5S, promising a performance boost of up to four times, along with the same 10 hours of battery life. In addition, the new iPad mini comes with a 5MP iSight camera with a backside illumination sensor and 1080p HD video capabilities. The tablet also features a front-facing camera for Facetime and video calling over WiFi or cellular data. For storage hungry users, Apple is also offering the new iPad Mini with 128GB storage for $699 for the WiFi model.
The new iPad mini with Retina display starts at $399 for the 16GB WiFi model, while the Cellular model starts from $529 and works with T-Mobile as well apart from the usual three carriers. The tablet is expected to hit the shelves in November, but the company failed to mention an exact launch date. Even the online Apple store shows the new iPad Mini as “currently unavailable.”
Many of us may find it to be priced a little high, but the company will continue to sell the earlier iPad Mini for $299 for the 16GB model, while the cellular model comes with a $429 price tag. Interestingly, the old iPad mini will be available in the new Space gray color as well. These tablets are available for shipment right now.
In addition, Apple also introduced new colorful smart covers for the iPad Mini starting at $39 each.
Product [iPad mini with Retina display]