The brand spanking new Retina iPad Mini went on sale in many countries around the world yesterday, including the US, the UK and Australia.
Here’s what Apple had to say:
“The response to iPad Air has been incredible, and we’re excited for customers to experience the new iPad Mini with Retina Display,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We think customers will love both of these thin, light, powerful new iPads, and we’re working hard to get as many as we can in the hands of our customers.”
The iPad Mini now has a retina display that will make everything on the 7.9-inch screen look astonishingly clear. As well as this, Apple has cleverly sped up the internal chips whilst maintaining the same light, thin body design of the iPad Air – however, this means it will burn a bigger hole in your pocket this time around.
Like the iPhone 5s and the new iPad Air which packs the 64-bit A7 processor, the iPad Mini with retina display will also be powered by the A7. That new 64-bit chip makes its CPU 4 times as fast and gives the iPad Mini with retina display 8x faster graphics. Apple says the new iPad Mini will have the same 10-hour battery life we’ve grown accustomed to with iPads.
So what’s the big deal about the screen, you say? 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 has a screen with double the resolution at 2048×1536 and 324ppi. That’s a huge difference in picture quality, and personally we think it should have been there from the start.
Prices start at $479AUD for a 16GB Wi-Fi model, and scale up from there.