The one product most consumers were interested in hearing about from today’s Apple event was the upgrade to the iPad Mini. One of Apple’s highest selling products, they decided to not only upgrade the iPad Mini but boost it in price and still keep its older model.
Apple’s Retina display iPad Mini will sport most of the same internals found in the new iPad Air. A gorgeous 7.9 inch display with a resolution of 2048×1536 and 326 pixels per inch. The side bezels have also decreased to let this new display be the star of the show. The iPad Mini with Retina includes the new 64-bit A7 chip set to give you an overall faster and better performance compared to the original iPad Mini. Apple has also upgraded it’s wireless capabilities to include stronger Wi-Fi connectivity and LTE band service. The new iPad Mini with Retina will also come pre installed with the latest iOS 7 software and all applications running on the iPad Air will be compatible with the Retina Mini.
A huge spec bump and Retina display iPad Mini will run you a whopping $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $529 for LTE connectivity. Surprisingly Apple has kept the current model iPad Mini on the market and reducing it’s price to $299. Now this is something I was looking forward to, but almost spending the same amount of an iPad Air for a Retina Mini just doesn’t seem right. I would have guessed the new Retina would replace the current Mini and maybe even make that model $299.
Both the iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina will hit US retails and other countries on November 1st.