Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday October 22, 2013.
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The Apple iPad Mini quickly grabbed attention as Apple's answer to the rise of smaller tablets like the Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7, but the popular iOS tablet trailed both rivals when it came to display resolution. Apple today rectified that shortcoming with a new iPad Mini successor with retina display.
The iPad Mini has a 7.9-inch retina display with such a high pixel per inch rate that the human eye cannot see them. The 2048 x 1536 display is the same as someone gets with the full-size iPad, so the 326ppi naturally leads to a high-definition resolution. The iPad Mini also has other features found on the iPad Air, including an A7 chip (64-bit) and M7 motion co-processor that is 4x faster at processing tasks and 8x faster processing graphics. It also has the same 5-megapixel rear camera, a FaceTime HD front camera, and a promised 10 hours of battery life.
Apple plans to begin selling the iPad Mini in November. The Wi-Fi only model will cost $399 with 16GB of storage or $529 for the same storage level with cellular (4G LTE/HSPA+/CDMA/etc) connectivity. Apple will continue to sell the original iPad mini for the lower cost of $299.source: Apple
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.