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Apple iPad mini 2 is finally here: 64-bit A7 chip and Retina display

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Apple iPad mini 2 is finally here: 64-bit A7 chip and Retina display

Ladies and gents, after suffering through a frustratingly conflicting rumor phase, the Apple iPad mini 2 is finally here. The little juggernaut out of Cupertino is in for a rough ride, however, for the compact tablet space is, fittingly, very tightly snug together, with barely any room left for new entrants. Of course, the new iPad mini 2 isn’t just any entrant, and if any one slate is well-positioned to take the market by storm, it’s the 7.9-incher from Apple.

Design


Looks are deceiving they say, and you can definitely see what people mean with the design of the iPad mini and mini 2 which actually won out in the end. What you see with the iPad mini 2 is now also the official look of the new iPads, big and small. In a typical Apple fashion, the new iPad mini 2 is thinner (7.5mm), lighter (331g/341g for the Wi-Fi only/LTE versions, respectively) and more compact (200x134.7mm) than the previous version, whilst retaining the same square-ish looks we’ve come to love about it. We’re usually obsessed with change in the mobile space, but it’s probably fair to say that the Apple iPad mini 2 is one of a few devices that we’re glad to see stick to its roots.

The iPad mini 2 will come in just two color combinations including: Silver & White and Space Grey & Black.

Specs


Apple iPad mini 2 is finally here: 64-bit A7 chip and Retina display
We talk a lot about the specs race that is going in full force over at Android’s space, and it’s turned into a kind of a measuring stick for much of how we view new products on the platform. iOS devices, however, are inherently different, and Apple has managed time and time again to showcase that even seemingly inferior hardware simply works on their devices. Which is why the dual-core Apple A7 chipset on the iPad mini 2 is nothing to laugh at -- this very same chip blazed through benchmarks on the iPhone 5s. Note that this also means that the iPad mini 2 has also inherited the dedicated M7 motion coprocessor.

We did touch on the annoyances that the rumor stage of the iPad mini 2’s development caused, so it goes without saying that we’re pretty much obligated to talk about the display on the iPad mini 2. We’re happy to see that our perseverance has paid off and that a new, high-resolution screen is a fact on the Apple iPad mini 2. Running at 2048x1536 pixels (326 ppi), the 7.9-inch display on the new tab will certainly not lack in detail. 

Unfortunately, the rumors that the new iPads will get an upgraded 8-megapixel snapper on their backs with a wide aperture turn out to be untrue, for the 5-megapixel, 5-element, f/2.4 iSight camera is here to stay. Up front, we have what Apple likes to call a FaceTime HD camera, which is simply a 1.2-megapixel snapper, capable of 720p HD video capture.

Giving life to this entire show is a 2380mAh battery, a tiny improvement over the 2340mAh cell on the original iPad mini, though Apple is advertising that it's good for 10 hours of continuous video playback, identical to its predecessor. We'll have to wait and see whether Cupertino has indeed managed to work enough magic to make up for the higher energy consumption of the higher-resolution display.

And that's about it, folks... meaning that, no, you ain't getting Touch ID after all, and isn't that a shame!

Price and release date

So how much will Apple have you cough up for the new iPad mini 2? The Apple iPad mini 2 pricing starts at $399 for the 16GB and goes all the way up to $699 for the whopping 128GB Wi-Fi version. If you're looking for a truly portable experience, than prepare to dole out $529/$629/$729/$829 for the 16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB LTE variants, respectively.

The Apple iPad mini 2 will be made available "later in November", meaning that specifics are currently scarce and you can't plan your camp-out in advance just yet.

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posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:26 2

1. tahnik (Posts: 125; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


This is too mainstream...

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:40 13

42. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


what did you expect ? an ipad with cofee machine ?

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:45 2

48. theoak (Posts: 320; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


At least there is only one model now for all carriers. I can buy a Mini Retina or an Air ... and it does not matter what carrier I am on ... I can even switch if wanted/needed.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 17:15 1

97. Galen20K (Posts: 511; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)


VERY good point. I think it's important to get to a position where we aren't tied down to any one carrier in the USA and be able to change carriers every week if we'd like.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 14:10 4

71. Mobilephile (Posts: 66; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)


This is too overpriced...

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 14:26 3

79. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


as all apple pruducts... so this is expected

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 14:13 4

73. JojoGo101 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


It is overpriced, but that A7 integrated in the iPad mini 2 is tempting..

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:26 7

2. Ninetysix (Posts: 1321; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Too awesome. No more recycled old parts. What are the nokia/fandroid guys going to say now?

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:29 2

7. shields.gm (Posts: 6; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Glad you guys finally made it to the party :)

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:30 10

10. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


No need to start a flame war troll go back to your cave!

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:31 3

19. Ninetysix (Posts: 1321; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


@work right now munching on some Raisinets. Sup?

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:33 2

23. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


wha???

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:44 1

44. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7249; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Sharing is caring broseph. :)

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 14:23

78. Ninetysix (Posts: 1321; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


All mine. $5 for 5 @target.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:30 3

11. silencer271 (Posts: 149; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


over priced more of the same and its not magical?

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:30 4

16. Bootutu (Posts: 184; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Shut up already, no one said they are rubbish, you are just dwelling on your insecurities, anyways ipad mini 2 looks awesome.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:36

32. pookiewood (Posts: 548; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


I can't speak for anyone else but Surface 2 or 2520? Hmmm?

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:54 4

63. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7249; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Nothing is groundbreaking about the 2520 especially when it shares the same price point of the iPad Air.

iPad Air > 2520

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:38 3

38. taz89 (Posts: 2004; Member since: 03 May 2011)


only thing imo which is not right is keeping the ipad 2 at still 399, it was 399 nearly 18months ago so considering it has over 2 year old spec it should at the most got a price drop to 299 same as the mini but really they should have kept the ipad 4 instead they go with the even older model and not even the ipad 3. they must be making a huge profit margin on the the ipad 2 . also with the the ipad 2 still having the old 30 pin connector which you would think apple would want to eradicate it asap. 399 for an ipad 2, if anyone buys that they are clueless, you would much rather have the retina mini for 399.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 22:38

102. iushnt (Posts: 556; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


what extra things can we do here compared from ipad mini 1?

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:27 2

3. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6100; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


So u guys want the NSA to record your finger prints?

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:29 6

5. Ninetysix (Posts: 1321; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


They already have it because of the Motorola Atrix and HTC One Max. I have nothing to hide. They can get your fingerprint if they want to.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:34

26. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7249; Member since: 14 May 2012)


My fingerprints are already in the hands of the federal government due to my previous job so I could care less lol.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:36 4

33. Ninetysix (Posts: 1321; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


InspectorGadget80 wears gloves 24/7. They will NEVER get his fingerprint! EVA!!!

Does he replace them when he gets doodoo stains on them? Dunno..

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:46 4

51. Commentator (Posts: 2290; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I'm wondering how he gets an internet-signal in his shack 1,000 miles from civilization.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:48 2

57. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7249; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I laughed more than I should have lol.

+1

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 14:22 3

77. Ninetysix (Posts: 1321; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Pigeons flying back and forth carying a piece of paper with binary code.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 18:37

100. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


You'll push him to suicide dude! STAHHHHP! =D

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 16:41

92. darkkjedii (Posts: 10046; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


LMAOOOOO LMAOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 18:07

99. alpinejason (Posts: 260; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


daaaam thats cold

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:45

47. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1097; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


I thought you decided not to visit PA on the 22nd.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:48

56. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7249; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I got out of college two hours early and didn't have to show up to work today, so I'm free as a bird.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 16:43

93. darkkjedii (Posts: 10046; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


With Dorothy69 banned, you've became a lot cooler now. What gives dude?

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 05:55

104. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1097; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


I wasn't aware of that.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:30 1

9. Commentator (Posts: 2290; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Because their entire operation was based on the iPad having a finger-print scanner. There's literally NO other way for them to get it now.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 18:39

101. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


Ahaha!

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:44 2

45. itreday (Posts: 68; Member since: 24 May 2012)


Who cares.. They already know everything else. What would they do with a fingerprint? Your not a criminal are you?

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 19:36

105. ThePython (Posts: 203; Member since: 08 May 2013)


You have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:28 4

4. Commentator (Posts: 2290; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


darkjedii is (apparently) unavailable for comment at the moment, but I'm sure he'd want you all to know that his wife is going to get one in gold.

...Assuming it comes in gold, that is. Any news on what colors this will be available in?

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:30 3

13. Ninetysix (Posts: 1321; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


^LOL. He's probably @the gym and hitting up a buffet on the Vegas strip afterwards.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 16:55 1

95. darkkjedii (Posts: 10046; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Dude I sucked at the gym today, no intensity whatsoever. If you get out to Vegas soon, skip the $30 strip buffets and go to the $14 feast buffet at Texas Station Hotel...awesome grub

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:31 1

18. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7249; Member since: 14 May 2012)


darkk is going to pick up the iPad Mini w/ Retina Display (that was a mouthful) despite what the haters on the site say. It's his money, so who cares?

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:35

28. Sakeem (Posts: 131; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


Wrong. His wife is going to buy them. He bought the phones. It's her money so who cares?

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:43 1

43. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7249; Member since: 14 May 2012)


When you're married, everything that you own belongs to the spouse. With that being said, it's his money.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 14:30 1

80. pokedude750 (Posts: 28; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


Uuuhhh... I don't think you understand how marriage works.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:50 2

59. Sakeem (Posts: 131; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


I hear you. I'm married and know that full well. I was just repeating what he said numerous times.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 17:00

96. darkkjedii (Posts: 10046; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


No Sakeem and Smurf, EclipseGSX is gonna buy it lol.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:32

21. itreday (Posts: 68; Member since: 24 May 2012)


Space gray/black, Silver/white. No gold option.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 16:52

94. darkkjedii (Posts: 10046; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


@Commentator I'm available bro, @Ninetysix that was a good one @my man Smurf you're right dude, what's mine is hers, what's hers is hers lol. Sad at the lack of gold option, but liking this puppy, and yes Commentator she's buying it.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:29

6. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Good tablet and beutiful design but the Nexus & 2013 just edges it out for me but defiantly the iPad air!! Good job though apple!

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:29 5

8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7249; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I'm still surprised they put the same resolution from it's older brother in the 7.9" display. Kudos to Apple.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:39 1

40. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3857; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I hate to say I told you so about the Retina display and A7, but... I did :)

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:45

46. Commentator (Posts: 2290; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Hey, no need for "I told you so's" here (although I REAAAALY had to hold back my urge to do so as well).

I'm genuinely impressed by Apple today, which is something I haven't been able to say for a couple years now.

I hope they continue this trend with a larger 4.5-5 inch iPhone next year.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 14:19

75. funchumm1206 (Posts: 52; Member since: 04 Mar 2013)


The same size of the moto x will do imo. all that power in a 4 inch screen is kinda cramped.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 14:41

83. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3857; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I was really impressed as well. It was constantly back and forth on whether the iPad mini 2 would have Retina or not, but Apple gave the final answer today, the best answer thankfully.

If they really do make the iPhone 6 with a 4.3"+ display, I'll definitely get it unless Motorola wins me over again next year. The only reason I didn't get a 5S over my Droid Mini was because of the bigger (mainly wider) display and I didn't think I part with a few Android features (NFC, widgets, USB mass storage). I bet iOS 8 will come even closer to Android's feature set, or at least have alternatives, which will make it easier for me to switch.

I'm loving Apple's new management so far. Tim Cook and Jony Ive are proving their worth.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:45 2

49. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7249; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I knew you were going to say something lol. Yes, I was wrong and you were right. This rarely happens, but I was proven wrong.

You, my friend, deserve this +1.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 14:43

85. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3857; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Thanks lol. Even I was starting to lose hope in the last couple days, but Apple pulled through in the end (never thought I'd say that).

+1 right back to you.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:30 5

12. ijklmnop (Posts: 18; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


One moment of silence for those wgo bought ipad mini recently;-)

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 14:16

74. funchumm1206 (Posts: 52; Member since: 04 Mar 2013)


I just did.. Less than a month ago. Damn I should have waited for that new mini to arrive. Lol

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 15:13

88. Commentator (Posts: 2290; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I got one as a birthday present in September. Returned it to Best Buy immediately (with the bestower's blessing, of course). $70 extra is a small price to pay for a tablet sporting current specs vs. 2+ year-old specs.

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