You know, Apple is getting pretty bad at keeping secrets. We had known for some time that a Retina iPad Mini was on its way and, well, here it is in its fully expected glory. For fans of the iPad mini who wanted a higher resolution display, though, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
The second-generation iPad Mini with Retina Display still has a 7.9-inch display, but it boasts the same 2048 x 1536 resolution as its larger 9.7-inch iPad Air counterpart. Because of the smaller dimensions, though, that results in an impressive 326 pixels per inch. As with its bigger brother, the iPad Mini with Retina Display also gets a 64-bit A7 processor for up to 10 hours of battery life.
The rest of the specs are similarly what we expected. The new iPad mini with Retina Display has a 5MP iSight camera, improved FaceTime HD camera, dual microphones, MIMO Wi-Fi, and LTE support in the cellular models. And yes, you still get the same choice of white and silver or black and space gray.
The 16GB WiFi model is $399, going up to $499, $599 and $699 for the 32GB, 64GB and 128GB, respectively. The WiFi+Cellular models, much like the iPad Air versions, each come at a $130 premium over their WiFi-only cousins. The non-Retina iPad mini will stick around, selling only in a 16GB capacity for $299 (WiFi-only) or $429 (WiFi+Cellular).
Look for the launch of the new iPad Mini with Retina Display “later in November.”