iPad Mini 2: Release date, price, specs, news and rumours

The iPad Mini 2 looks set to be Apple's biggest product refresh since the iPhone 5 with a new Retina Display and the A7 chip

 

The Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display or iPad Mini 2 as it has been known is now official boasting a 2048x1536 display and the same A7 processor you'll find in the iPhone 5s.

Apple has also unveiled the Apple iPad Air, a complete refresh of the larger iPad it now comes with a much smaller bezel and measures in at just 7.5mm thin.

Unveiled at an Apple iPad Event the iPad Mini Retina will be the best iPad yet according to T3's Magazine Editor Luke Peters who believes the combination of specs and pricing will push it ahead of the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire.

To see just how different the new Mini iPad is check out our iPad Mini Retina vs iPad Mini comparison and find out what changes Apple has made.

Check out our iPad Mini 2 rumours piece below and see just how accurate the rumour mill was when it came to predicting what Apple would launch:

Apple iPad Mini 2 will have a Retina Display

Probably the biggest gripe with Apple’s first entrant in the small screened tablet market was the resolution of its screen. With just a 1024 x 768 pixel resolution and 163 pixels per inch, it was the same tech we first saw on the iPad 2 and those dastardly pixels were easy to spot.

Compare that resolution to its two main competitors, Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD which both sit at 1280 x 800, you can see it was outdated before it was even released.

The Wall Street Journal has heard from sources that Apple will use a Retina Display but will actually use multiple suppliers to build the displays including LG, Samsung and Sharp.

Website Patently Apple, which describes itself as ‘celebrating Apple’s spirit of invention’ reported early February that Au Optronics is making a screen for the iPad mini 2 with a display pixel count of 324 pixels per inch.

Looking even further ahead, it claims sources say Apple has asked LG to make a premium class iPad Mini display for the iPad mini 3 – which would push pixel density to over 400 pixels per inch. Article continues after the iPad Mini 2 rumours video.

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