It’s often said that Apple likes to leave a bit of room to manoeuvre on its devices, and when the first generation iPad mini launched last year, the rumour mill immediately starting jawing about the inevitable Retina version.
Fast-forward 12 months and Apple has delivered with the iPad mini 2 or “iPad mini Retina”, which rocks the same 2,048 x 1,536 resolution as the iPad Air. Now that’s more like it.
A quick calculation suggests the iPad mini Retina PPI weighs in at 324, significantly higher than (i.e. double) the first generation iPad mini’s modest 162 PPI.
But the improvements don’t end there. Like the iPad Air and iPhone 5s, the iPad mini Retina rocks the spanking new 64-bit Apple A7 processor, yielding 4x faster processing and 8x faster graphics.
Apple also revealed a new leather Smart Case for the iPads, that’s in addition to the current Smart Cover, however there’s nothing much to see on the Apple site for the moment other than the promise of a November 1 release.
Incidentally, while the iPad Air release date falls on November 1 too, we’re not given a particular iPad mini Retina release date; we’re simply told that it’s coming “later in November”.
Hmm, maybe they are having yield problems with the Retina display as rumoured.
In any case, iPad mini Retina price starts at £319 for the 16GB going all the way up to £559 for the 128GB (again, it’s an extra £100 for cellular). As for iPad mini Retina colours, there’s space grey and silver.
The first generation iPad mini will stick around, priced £249 for 16GB, or £349 if you go cellular.