In addition to the all new 5th generation iPad Air with Retina display, Apple has also announced the second generation iPad Mini with Retina display, featuring a powerful A7 processor with 64-bit desktop class architecture. Keeping the same design as its predecessor, it now sports an improved FaceTime HD camera with backlight illumination, a 5MP iSight camera, expanded LTE Support and comes in the same Silver / White and Space Gray / Black colour options as the new iPad Air.
Retina Display & A7 Processor:
The new iPad Mini with Retina Display has the same chassis design as the original iPad Mini. However, it now sports a stunning 2048 x 1536 resolution Retina display, which is the same resolution as the full-sized iPad but in a smaller 7.9″ display at 326 pixels per inch (ppi). Apple notes that the iPad Mini’s Retina display features over 3.1 million pixels i.e a million more than an HDTV.
Apple’s next generation system-on-a-chip A7 processor is also present in the new iPad Mini. The power-efficient A7 chip with its 64-bit architecture makes everything remarkably faster, while still delivering up to 10 hours of battery life.
iSight & FaceTime Cameras:
Similar to the iPad Air, the new iPad Mini with Retina display features 5MP iSight camera with ability to shoot 1080p HD video. It also sports a new, improved FaceTime HD camera with larger pixels, improved backside illumination and dual microphones.
The new iPad Mini offers up to 2x faster Wi-Fi performance using 802.11n with MIMO.3. Also, the Wi-Fi + Cellular model supports more LTE bands for super fast connections worldwide.
Pricing & Availability:
The new iPad Mini with Retina display will be available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB models for $419, $519, $619 and $719 (Wi-fi only models) and $549, $649, $749 and $849 (W-ifi + Cellular models) respectively in Canada in late November along with other first wave countries.