Apple has launched the second generation iPad Mini tablet with Retina display. The new iPad Mini looks like the first generation iPad Mini tablet but its 7.9-inch Retina display brings twice the resolution of the first generation. Most importantly, Apple has armed it with the new A7 chip with 64-bit architecture support and iOS 7 operating system. Apple iPad Mini with Retina display will be offered in WiFi and WiFi+Cellular options starting $ 399 (Rs 24,550 approximately) from November 1.
The iPad Mini is powered by Apple A7 multicore chip which comes with the M7 Motion processor and supports the 64-bit architecture. This the same processor configuration used in the recently announced iPhone 5s.
Apple has used 7.9-inch Retina IPS panel display with 2048×1526 pixel resolution. The display offers 326 pixels per inch pixel density and has finger resistant oleophobic coating on the display. Apple iPad Mini with Retina display measures 7.5 mm thick compared to the 7.2 mm thick iPad Mini. Also the new iPad Mini is 20 grams heavier than the 312 grams weighing iPad Mini.
At the rear, the new iPad Mini has a 5 megapixel iSight camera with five-element lens with hybrid filter. This 5 megapixel image sensor has f/2.4 aperture, autofocus, and can click HDR Photos. The camera can be used to record full 1080p HD videos with video stabilization, tap to focus while recording, face detection and 3x zoom. Basically the same features offered in the iPad Air tablet.
There is a 1.2 megapixel front facing HD camera in the iPad Mini with Retinal display that can support FaceTime video calling in HD resolution. This camera can record 720p HD videos. Apple has integrated the Multiple-in-Multiple-Out technology that brings dual-channel (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) WiFi network support for faster downloads and web browsing experience. Apple has also added an Ambient Light Sensor, Accelerometer, three-axis gyroscope, and 23.8 watt hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery. This battery offers 10 hours of run time and is non-removable.
Apple iPad mini with Retina display will offer all new features and enhancements of the iOS 7 software updated out of the box.
Apple will offer the iPad Mini with Retina display in silver and space grey colours. The WiFi only model of the tablet with 16 GB storage will be sold for $399 (Rs 24, 540) while SIM supporting Apple iPad Mini will be offered in 16 GB for $ 529 (Rs 32, 620), 32 GB for $ 629 (Rs 38, 550), 64 GB for $ 729 (Rs 44, 670) and 128 GB for $ 829 (Rs 50, 790). Do note that the prices in INR presented are merely an estimate and not final prices.