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Oct 22, 2013

Apple announces the new iPad mini 2 with Retina display

by Freddie Harrison

Apple launches its second generation iPad mini with Retina display, A6 chip and improved cameras. Here’s all the details, specs and the all-important launch date.

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At its special event today, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, announced the second-generation iPad mini with Retina display.

The device, which launches later in November, features a high-resolution Retina display, improved cameras and Apple’s A7 chip and two new colour options.

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The second-generation iPad mini will be available in a number of countries from 1st November.

Specs – Retina display, A7 chip, improved cameras

The new iPad mini’s headline feature is undoubtedly the Retina display. As predicted, the 7.9-inch panel clocks in at 2048×1536. To power the new, high-resolution display, Apple has given the device its A7 chip (the same featured in the new iPhone 5s), leaving it with a still-respectable 10 hours battery life.

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Beyond this, the new iPad mini is largely the same tablet we’ve seen for some time, with the form factor and other hardware left relatively unchanged.

Colours, capacity and pricing

As casing leaks have pointed to, the second-generation iPad mini now comes in silver and space grey colour options. Unlike the iPhone 5s, the gold option is noticably absent here. Apple also appear to have dropped the Black and White options in favour of these new colours, which seem to be less prone to scratching and scuffing, if the iPhones are anything to go by.

The iPad mini comes in silver and white and space gray and black as a 16GB, 32GB or 64GB model, starting from $399. All go on sale later in November.

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The iPad mini’s pricing has now been dropped to $299.

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