iPad mini sports the long awaited Retina display
I guess you can say that it has been a long time in coming. Apple, a company that refused to introduce smaller sized tablets in the 7” realm when their founder, Steve Jobs, was still alive, touting that such a tablet segment would be “dead on arrival”, made a U-turn after Steve Jobs’ demise in order to roll out a smaller 7.9” iPad mini. Well, the iPad mini did work well as a regular tablet, but that was at a time when Apple’s sway on the tablet market proved to be exceedingly strong. We have since seen Android-powered tablets such as the Nexus range that carried incredible display resolutions, so Apple has “replied” with the introduction of the new iPad mini with Retina display.
Just as how one should not judge a book by its cover, so too, are we not to judge a particular tablet based on its screen size. The iPad mini with Retina display might be small in form factor, but the 7.9” Multi-Touch display can still cram in 3.1 milion pixels in a 2048 x 1536 resolution configuration, ending up with a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch. This particular 7.9” Retina display of the new iPad mini would be 35 percent larger compared to displays on 7” tablets, and happens to be the only tiny tablet that can deliver the full iPad experience.
You will find a beefy A7 processor in the new iPad mini with Retina display, where it is capable of delivering 64-bit desktop-class architecture, advanced graphics and improved image signal processing from its predecessors. The A7 chip’s 64-bit architecture will be able to support OpenGL ES version 3.0 that unlocks game console-like visual effects, while sporting a M7 motion coprocessor that will be able to gathers data from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass so that it can free up the A7 for improved power efficiency.
The iPad mini with Retina display will arrive in Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi with Cellular capability as in the past. Prices start from $399 onward for the 16GB Wi-Fi only model, ending up at $699 for the 128GB model, while those who want the Wi-Fi + Cellular option will fork out $529 for the 16GB model, and up to $829 for the 128GB model.
Product Page via Press Release