A closer look at Apple’s Retina-sporting iPad mini


Apple’s event last night saw several announcement, from the free availability of OS X Mavericks for those who have OS X 10.6 or better to the iPad Air to the refreshing of the MacBook Pro product line. Another announcement was the updated iPad mini, which will finally be getting its tiny self a Retina display to call its own.

Retina for the iPad mini is something that users have been calling for and Apple has obliged, adding the 2,048 x 1,536 screen to the 7.9-inch tablet. Users who update to the newest model will be getting a pixel density of 326ppi and everything else that we’ve come to expect from an iPad panel. Just a little smaller.

But the iPad mini isn’t being left out in the hardware stakes either. Like the iPad Air, the new iPad mini will be receiving the iPhone 5s’ processor/coprocessor setup. The 64-bit A7 chip and its M7 motion sidekick will be present in the little guy, conferring the same performance boosts that the latest iPhone and iPad will be getting.

As with the rest of Apple’s new hardware, it’s not available or priced here yet but the 16GB base model of the iPad mini, without LTE access, will start at $399 (R3,930) in the States. The 128GB LTE version will more than double that amount for buyers.


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