At the iPad event held today by Apple, the focus was naturally on iPad tablets. The first that was introduced was the iPad Air which is the thinner, lighter and faster 9.7-inch iPad. The smaller iPad mini was also updated and now has Retina Display, which is not really surprising considering the number of leaks that preceded the launch.
The main upgrades on the new iPad mini are on the display and the performance. The iPad mini with Retina Display still has the same size and the same design as the original version but it now has a faster A7 chip inside, the same chip found on the iPhone 5s. It also comes with an M7 motion coprocessor just like the iPhone 5s. The 7.9-inch Retina Display has a 2048×1536 resolution that translates to 326ppi pixel density. Despite the upgrades, the new iPad mini is still light at 0.73 pound and thin at 0.29 inch. The iPad mini with Retina Display still offers an amazing 10 hours of battery life.
For pricing, the iPad mini with Retina Display starts at $399 for the base model while the cellular/LTE model starts at $529. The new iPad mini comes in white/silver and black/space gray colors. They will be available later in November.
The older iPad mini is still being offered by Apple and has now dropped to only $299.