Apple's Second iPad Mini Has a Retina Display, A7 Chip

By Chris Mills on at

Apple's dinky 7-inch iPad Mini has been updated with a higher-resolution retina display, and smokin' hot A7 processor! Great news for those who held out on the first-gen model in the hopes of Apple doing just that.

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And oh the screen. After not including a Retina display on the original iPad Mini, which only had a resolution of 1024 × 768 and 163 pixels per inch, the iPad Mini 2 will have a screen with double the resolution at 2048 x 1536 and 324ppi. That's a helluva lot better than before and should have been there from the beginning.

This time round, the new iPad Mini with Retina (ugh long names) really is just a miniaturised iPad. It's got the same processor, camera and screen, but in a slightly smaller package. It's priced a bit higher, accordingly -- $399 in the US, and £319 in the UK for the base 16GB Wi-Fi model.

The current iPad Mini is also staying on the market to fill that bargain-basement need, with a small price drop of £20, so it now starts at £249.

Apple's also released new covers for both devices. No funky Surface-esque features here, just different colours, and compatability across both types of iPad Mini.

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