Apple updates the iPad mini with Retina Display — no, we’re not surprised either

Shocking absolutely nobody, Apple has updated the iPad mini with its much-loved Retina Display. That means an eye-searing 2048×1536 resolution crammed into the iPad mini’s 7.9-inch display. The Nexus 7‘s 1080p screen suddenly seems rather mediocre.

And that’s not all. In addition to that new screen, the mini is far less diluted than the original mini. Indeed, it’s hardly watered down at all, with the new iPad Air’s 64-bit A7 processor — which brings four times better performance over the original mini — and a similar 10-hour runtime to its bigger brother. The same 5MP iSight camera as the Air is on-board, as is a new HD FaceTime camera. MIMO WiFi os also similarly here, as is expanded international LTE support.

Unlike its big brother, there’s no dramatic visual overhaul, with the mini remaining much the same as the outgoing model. Except, the outgoing model isn’t actually going anywhere. Both the new and old mini will be available, in space grey and black, with the new model costing $399 for 16GB of storage and the old model dropping to $299 for the same size. The iPad mini with Retina Display is slated to launch in November.

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Rhuaridh Marr is Metro Weekly's assistant editor and covers cars, technology, and gaming. He is usually found with a game controller in one hand and a smartphone in the other and can be reached at rmarr@metroweekly.com.

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