Apple launches iPad mini with Retina display
New mini packs all 3.1m pixels of iPad Air into 7.9-inch display
Apple Inc today announced iPad mini with Retina display, in conjunction with its unveiling of the next generation of iPad, the iPad Air.
According to Apple, the new mini brings all the pixels from the 9.7-inch iPad to its 7.9-inch screen, in a bid to deliver razor sharp detail in a smaller form factor.
The new mini features the "powerful and power-efficient" Apple-designed A7 chip with 64-bit desktop-like architecture, "ultrafast" wireless with faster built-in Wi-Fi and expanded LTE cellular connectivity, and the newly designed iOS 7 featuring "hundreds" of new features.
The mini with Retina display packs all the 3.1m pixels (2048-by-1536 resolution) of iPad Air into its 7.9-inch Multi-Touch display, for a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch. The 7.9-inch Retina display of iPad mini is said to be 35% larger than screens on 7-inch tablets, and according to Apple, is the only small tablet to deliver the full iPad experience. Images are crisp, text is crystal clear, movies play at full 1080p HD-resolution and the 475,000 apps designed specifically for iPad work automatically.
The A7 chip in the new mini offers 64-bit desktop-class architecture, advanced graphics and improved image signal processing from previous generations. With up to four times the CPU and eight times the graphics performance on iPad mini with Retina display, almost everything users do is expected to be faster, from launching apps and editing photos to playing graphic-intensive games-all while delivering all-day battery life.
The A7 chip's 64-bit architecture and support for OpenGL ES version 3.0 unlocks game console-like visual effects. The new mini also features the M7 motion coprocessor that is designed to gather data from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass to offload work from the A7 for improved power efficiency.
The mini features two antennas to support Multiple-In-Multiple-Out (MIMO) technology, bringing twice the Wi-Fi performance at a data rate up to 300 Mbps. Cellular models also come with expanded LTE coverage to accommodate more LTE networks worldwide, while continuing to deliver support for other fast cellular technology around the world (DC-HSDPA, HSPA+).
The iPad mini now has a next-generation FaceTime HD camera with improved backside illumination sensors featuring larger pixels for better low-light performance. The iSight camera with 5MP sensor and advanced optics, combined with iOS 7 and the image signal processing of A7, should further improve still image and video capture on the tablet, bringing faster auto-focus, up to three times video zoom, five times still zoom, better dynamic range and automatic image and video stabilisation.
The new iPad mini comes with iOS 7, featuring a new user interface, completely redesigned with a new colour palette, distinct, functional layers and "subtle motion that make it feel more alive". IOS 7 has "hundreds" of new features, according to Apple, including Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking, AirDrop, enhanced Photos, Safari, Siri and introduces iTunes Radio, a free Internet radio service based on the music users listen to on iTunes.
The iPad mini with Retina display will be available from late November worldwide, but there is no specific confirmation yet on pricing or availability in the Gulf region.