New iPad mini: First look, in pictures (gallery)

New iPad mini: First look, in pictures (gallery)

Summary: 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.

TOPICS: Mobility, iPad

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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." 

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    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.


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    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. 

Topics: Mobility, iPad

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  • No need to look at pictures

    I would rather buy a Nokia 2520 or Surface 2 than wasting money on this. Sky high price, lacka substance and USB port and totally locked to iTunes.
    • The old USB argument yet again?!

      Isn't that a bit of tired argument now? If the lack of USB ports were such an issue then the iPad wouldn't be as successful as it has been.

      What do you mean by lacks substance? Apple's App Store has a proven track record of new and unusual usage cases for these devices. On top of this all their content creation software for iOS is now free. And it's good software.

      Totally locked to iTunes? Not so much any more. A better thing to say would be "totally locked to iCloud". I have family members who have never hooked their iDevices up to a Mac or a PC. In fact, I haven't for months either, come to think of it.

      Sky high price? Well, nobody is forcing you to pay it, and from what you said I don't think you were planning to anyway, so what do you care?
  • Finally it competes with the Nexus 7... oh wait

    Hold up, spoke too soon.
    This mini has an HD pixel density like the Nexus 7 finally, but costs double the price.

    I suppose that 64 bit processor will come in handy once someone writes an app that soaks up more than 8 gig of memory (and once Apple creates an iPad or iPhone that has more than 1 gig or 2 gig!) though...
    • Solution:

      Don't buy one. See, wasn't that easy? Saves you a lot of time, too, because now you no longer have to whine about Apple products any more and can use that time to do productive things like wanking or popping your zits or scratching your bum and sniffing it like you used to do before you joined those obsessing about Apple.
      Christopher Isto