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Apple has unveiled the long-awaited and much-rumored update to the iPad mini, adding a high-resolution retina display and a more powerful 64-bit processor.
It also gets a new name, the unimaginative "iPad mini with Retina display."
The cornerstone of the iPad mini revamp is a new Retina display. This 7.9-inch display features 2048 by 1536 of pixel real estate (higher than that of an HDTV) and packs a whopping 326 pixels per inch.
This makes it crisper and clearer than the screen on the previous-generation iPad mini, while at the same time maintaining backward-compatibility with existing apps.
A7 processor and M7 motion coprocessor
Inside the new iPad mini with Retina display is Apple's new 64-bit A7 processor, exactly the same chip as is found inside the iPhone 5s and the full-sized iPad Air.
This new chip not only brings the iPad mini into the 64-bit era, but also brings with it up to four times faster CPU and up to eight times faster graphics performance than the previous generation hardware. All of this without sacrificing any battery life.
Also present is the new M7 motion coprocessor that constantly monitors inputs from the accelerometer and other sensors. This is the same part as found in the flagship iPhone 5s.