In terms of new features, there’s The Big One and then a few other nice new ones. Of course the big, huge thing here is the addition of a Retina display to the iPad mini. This was by far and away the most wanted new feature for me and for every single iPad mini user or potential user I’ve had contact with over the last 11 months.
The Retina iPad mini now has the same resolution – 2048X1536 – as the iPad air and 326 pixels per inch on its lovely little 7.9 inch screen.
Another impressive new feature is Apple’s A7 chip. This is said to offer 4X improvements to CPU performance and 8X on graphics performance.
It also brings the same upgrades to WiFi and Cellular capabilities as the iPad Air: 2X faster WiFi due to having two antennas and new MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) technology. Download speeds are said to reach up to 300Mbps. The + Cellular models also have more LTE bands, so they can be used on more cellular data networks around the world.
And of course it also maintains its stellar battery life of up to 10 hours.
The Retina iPad mini comes in black, white, silver, and space gray models. Pricing starts at $399 for a 16GB WiFi only model and goes up to $829 for a 128GB WiFi + Cellular model. Here’s the pricing table:
There is no firm release date for the Retina iPad mini yet. Apple has only said that it will be released ‘later in November’.