Getting to Know the New iPad Mini with Retina Display

Getting to Know the New iPad Mini with Retina Display

With the holiday season approaching, many people are starting to look for possible gift ideas for their loved ones or even for themselves. In this day and age, you won’t strike out from giving gadgets as gifts. But, selecting which gadget to give is quite overwhelming because of the numerous options to choose from. One gadget you can consider is the latest iPad mini 2, popularly coined iPad mini with Retina display. Apple even dubbed it the “Small wonder.”

Apple made no changes to the design of the iPad mini with Retina display from the original iPad mini. Why should they? iPad mini’s thin and light design is actually their inspiration for the newly released iPad Air. With its slim bezel and tough aluminum finish, iPad mini with Retina display never looked better.

iPad mini with Retina display is not all looks. Aside from its sleek and sophisticated exterior, it packs a whole lot of oomph in its small package. The Retina display is just the beginning (4x the resolution of the original iPad mini). The A7 chip installed on the new iPad mini with Retina display makes it more powerful and more efficient. Plus it gives you the same incredible 10-hour battery life to enjoy and make the most out of your tablet.

iPad mini with Retina display offers faster performance (4x faster processing and up to 8x graphics performance than iPad mini). Apple has also improved the Wi-Fi connectivity to 2x faster than the original iPad mini. All thanks to the two antennas and MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) technology. Now you will experience ultrafast Wi-Fi and download speeds of up to 300 Mbps, which is double the data rate of the previous version. LTE was also improved for better roaming capabilities; supporting more LTE bands to connect more cellular data networks around the world.

Another selling point for any Apple product is its vast selection of apps (over 475,000) that gives iPad mini with Retina display more versatility to allow it to do just about anything. It even comes with built-in apps, all optimized for 64-bit architecture, that can surely help with your day-to-day activities such as checking your email, talking to your loved ones through FaceTime, etc.

As Apple said, “iPad mini with Retina display lets you do more than you ever imagined. Feature for feature, it’s identical to iPad Air in every way. Except for its super-portable, hold-it-in-one-hand, still-just-right mini size.” With that being said, iPad mini with Retina display is arguably one of the best small-screen tablets in the market.

Check out the features and specifications of the new iPad mini with Retina display so you can be the judge.

Features and Specifications

iPad Mini with Retina Display

Color and Finish

Space Gray, Silver

Build

Aluminum

Models

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

Dimensions

Height: 7.87 inches (200 mm)
Width: 5.30 inches (134.7 mm)
Depth: 0.29 inch (7.5 mm)

Weight

Weight (Wi-Fi): 0.73 pound (331 g)
Weight (Wi-Fi + Cellular): 0.75 pounds (341 g)

Display

Retina display
7.9-inch (diagonal)
LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
16M colors
Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

Resolution

2048 x 1536

Pixel Density

326 ppi

Chip

A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor

CPU

Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based)

GPU

PowerVR G6430 (quad-core graphics)

Operating System

Apple iOS 7

RAM

1GB RAM DDR3

Storage Capacity

16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB

Expandable

No

Networking

Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO
Bluetooth 4.0 technology
UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900 MHz)
LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26)
Data only

SIM

Nano-SIM

Location

Wi‑Fi
Digital compass
Assisted GPS
Cellular

Connectors

Apple 9-pin dock Lightning connector

Input/Output

Dual microphones
3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack
Built-in speakers
Nano-SIM card tray

Sensors

Three-axis gyro
Accelerometer
Ambient light sensor

Intelligent Assistant

Siri (use your voice to send messages, set reminders, and more)

FaceTime HD Camera (Front)

1.2MP photos
720p HD video
FaceTime video calling over Wi‑Fi or cellular
Face detection
Backside illumination
Tap to control exposure for video or still images
Photo and video geotagging

iSight Camera (Rear)

5MP photos
Autofocus
Face detection
Backside illumination
Five-element lens
Hybrid IR filter
ƒ/2.4 aperture
Tap to focus video or still images
Tap to control exposure for video or still images
Photo and video geotagging
HDR photos

Video Recording

1080p HD video recording
Video stabilization
Face detection
Tap to focus while recording
Backside illumination
3x video zoom

Video and Audio Calling

FaceTime
iPad mini to any FaceTime-enabled device over Wi-Fi or cellular

Audio Playback
  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
  • Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
  • User-configurable maximum volume limit
TV and Video
  • AirPlay mirroring and video out to Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation)
  • Video mirroring and video out support: Up to 1080p through Lightning Digital AV Adapter and Lightning to VGA Adapter (adapters sold separately)
  • Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
Accessibility

VoiceOver screen reader
Guided Access
Switch Control
Support for playback of closed-captioned content
AssistiveTouch
Full-screen zoom magnification
Larger type
Bold text
Increase contrast
Reduce motion
On/Off labels
Invert colors
Left/right volume adjustment

Messaging

iMessage, Email, Push Email, IM

Mail Attachment Support Viewable document types:

  • .jpg, .tiff, .gif (images)
  • .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • .htm and .html (web pages)
  • .key (Keynote)
  • .numbers (Numbers)
  • .pages (Pages)
  • .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat)
  • .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint)
  • .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format)
  • .vcf (contact information)
  • .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel)
  • .zip
  • .ics
Environmental Requirements

Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F (-20° to 45° C)
Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing

System Requirements
  • Apple ID (required for some features)
  • Internet access
  • Syching with iTunes (Mac or PC) requires the following:
    • Mac: OS X v10.6.8 or later
    • PC: Windows 8; Windows 7; Windows Vista; or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later
    • iTunes
Battery

Built-in 23.8-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system

Battery Life

Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi‑Fi, watching video, or listening to music
Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network

Free Apps from Apple

iPhoto
iMovie
GarageBand
Pages
Numbers
Keynote
iTunes U
Podcasts
Find My iPhone
Find My Friends
Remote
iTunes Trailers

In the Box

iPad mini with Retina display
Lightning to USB Cable
USB Power Adapter

Release Date

Late November of 2013

Price

Wi-Fi:
16GB: $399
32GB: $499
64GB: $599
128GB: $699
Wi-Fi + Cellular:
16GB: $529
32GB: $629
64GB: $729
128GB: $829

Sources: 

http://www.apple.com
http://www.gsmarena.com
http://www.phonearena.com
http://www.gizmodo.com
http://www.techradar.com
http://www.t3.com 
http://www.expertviews.co.uk
http://www.diplomat.com

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