Apple has announced the all-new iPad Mini with Retina Display that will start at $399 for a 16 GB model. According to the company, the device will be available in late November 2013, which should put it on retail shelves just in time for the official start of the holiday shopping season.

Major Upgrades on Display

Last October, Apple introduced the iPad Mini to capitalize on the emerging market of smaller tablets. This year the computer giant is back with a major upgrade that gives its miniature tablet big-screen viewing capabilities. Boasting a 7.9-inch display, the new device offers a whopping 2048×1536 resolution, which is the same resolution found in today’s full-sized 10-inch models. Additionally, its pixel density of 326 pixels per inch (ppi) is a step up from the 163 ppi that graced the first-generation Mini. Combined with the razor-sharp quality of the Retina display, these screen features promise that users can enjoy images and text in superior clarity whether they’re watching movies or browsing on the Internet.

The new and improved iPad Mini delivers more than a high-quality viewing experience; it also thrives in the performance department. Under the hood is Apple’s A7 chip, an energy-efficient processor that brings desktop-level performance to the mobile arena. This is not an exaggeration. The A7 is built on the 64-bit architecture that drives modern desktop computers, and it includes a graphics processing unit (GPU), which is a key component in high-performance desktop gaming. As a result, the upcoming iPad Mini should excel when users are playing the array of games and hundreds of thousands of apps it’s designed to handle.

Array of Available Apps

Speaking of apps, users will have a wide variety to work with right out of the box. The iPad Mini follow-up comes loaded with iOS 7, the updated mobile operating system Apple rolled out in September. iOS 7 offers iPhoto for mobile photo editing, in addition to iWork, a productivity suite loaded with tools that support the creation of documents, spreadsheets, and presentations on the go. There has been no mention of the touch ID sensor functionality baked into the iPhone 5s, but the Mini will include additions such as smarter navigation, improved mobile device management, and seamless sharing with AirDrop, all compatible with iOS 7.

Out of Thin Air

In announcing the official arrival of the iPad Mini with Retina Display, Apple also unveiled an all-new next-generation tablet called iPad Air. Slated to launch on Friday, November 1, this lightweight device measures out at 9.7 inches and features the very same Retina display technology that has made the Mini 2 such a highly anticipated item. With two new tablets, two relatively new smartphones, and older gadgets like the original Mini that are still popular all up for grabs, Apple looks set to have one jolly holiday season.   


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