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Now that he’s finished up his staggering ‘iPad Air’ announcement, Apple’s Phil Schiller has turned his focus to the smaller iPad mini. It too is getting a big refresh today, with the long-awaited display bump.

As expected, Apple has managed to squeeze its Retina screen in the tiny tablet, giving it the same 2048 x 1536 resolution as its larger sibling. And it’s also added its 64-bit A7 processor, and other goodies…

2013 iPad mini 2 (Retina, Four up, hand)

With the new hardware, Apple says the second generation mini is up to 4x faster on CPU and 8x faster on the graphics. It also features 2x faster Wi-Fi, expanded LTE support, and the same 10-hour battery life.

The new iPad mini will come in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB flavors, starting at the [more expensive] price of $399 for the Wi-Fi only model. Interestingly enough, Apple just says ‘November’ for availability.

Apple will be keeping the first gen iPad mini around, though, and has slashed its price to $299.

  • Ignacio Irigoyen

    Ok, the strategy is impress, relay impress with iPad mini and meh with iPad Air, got it!

  • Jonathan

    A7 W00T

  • chumawumba

    $400!?

    • Yash Gorana

      Welcome to Apple.

    • mehrab

      ITS CHEAP AS HELL IOS 7 64 bit a7 retina display 7.9 inch better cameras 10 hour battery. And only 70 bucks more

      • Guest

        Sorry to break it to you, but for some consumers, $399 for a 7-inch tablet (closer to 8 inches) is a relatively steep price.

    • lanceuppercut47

      It’s up at £319 in the UK store, converted back into USD puts it around $518.

      Hate living here sometimes!

    • rafa benitez

      So what??

  • Micaiah Martin

    I think apple is trying to make it look like the iPad Mini isn’t suppose to be cheap just smaller.

    • ic0dex

      I don’t know why people keep thinking that the iPad Mini was made to be a cheap version of the iPad. for $399 you’re getting what you paid for.

      • Rowan09

        I agree. The iPad mini is a full blown iPad and I was surprise they included all the same specs on the mini

      • RV

        Therefore, it’s just a matter of size between iPad Air and the new iPad Mini.

      • Rowan09

        Exactly. This is great for those that want to purchase the Mini.

    • Chindavon

      Mini was never meant to be a “cheap” iPad. Those are left for those 100+ Android junk models that sell for a hundred bucks.

  • Yash Gorana

    Thanks Timothy Cook.

    You made up proud :’D

    • Jonathan

      *us

      • Yash Gorana

        Thanks man. You won the internet today :D.

      • Jonathan

        LOL thanks 😛

  • Rowan09

    I really miss the Steve Jobs “one more thing” segment. It seemed to me like after the iPad update something else was suppose to be announced, I’m not sure if I’m the only one that felt this way.

    • josuead92

      I totally felt the same! but nothing happened

    • Jonathan

      Me too. I thought it was either iOS 7.1 or a touchscreen Mac. :/ *sigh* I miss you Steve.

      • Rowan09

        I was hoping for 7.1 as well and maybe even the illusive iWatch.

      • Taf Khan

        iWatch… I think maybe you are dreaming, this will be a longtime coming. A new Apple TV would have been a more realistic Expectation.

      • Rowan09

        True

      • Jonathan

        iWatch? Wait a year or 2.

    • Chris Longden

      I thought with changing the name from iPad to iPad Air they were gonna announce an iPad Pro.

      • Rowan09

        I thought that at first but when Tim send the competitors are confuse about making laptops into tablets and tablets into laptops, I didn’t think that would happen.

      • Chris Longden

        Maybe iPad pro will be 11inch and run mavericks with a Smart Cover that includes a keyboard and touch pad.

      • Chris Longden

        *12 inch

      • Mike Colacone Saal

        i doubt it… cook was saying companies are trying to turn tablets into laptops and laptops into tables, like Rowan said.. they wouldn’t make that statement and then do that…

      • Mike Colacone Saal

        i honestly think that will be next year when they release that 12.9 inch iPad ‘pro’. But, it had me thinking that they may do a ‘one last thing’ and announce it today.

    • Yash Gorana

      :'( . You sad fellow. You made me sad. it was hard for me to recover from the mental trauma of Steve’s death (even if I didn’t knew him). Now you have revoked that feeling. Damn man., dem feels.

      • Rowan09

        Sorry about that.

  • G Mohal

    so except the screen size, whats the difference between new ipad mini and new ipad air?

    • Jonathan

      Eh, nothing lol

    • Rowan09

      Price.

    • Yash Gorana

      Portability !

  • Taf Khan

    It’s the mini retina for me..

    • G Mohal

      for me too.
      🙂

      • Taf Khan

        Same power as it’s big bro but in a nice neat package with twice the color options.

      • G Mohal

        and i was waiting for mini retina, this will be my first ipad ever.

  • JulianZH

    i want one 🙁

  • Arsanny Lintang

    miss Steve Jobs, if he introduce some new features on MacBook Pro or any iDevices, he always say “Boom!”

  • Freddy Born

    So the iPad air is weaker then the iPhone 5s because it hasto handle the higher resolution….why no a7x???

    And again starting it at 16gb is a joke… It’s supposed to be post PC… Yeah. 16gb hi way enough especially when storage is so damn cheap these days

    And nothing about mfi controllers…..

    • Taf Khan

      Wait for a teardown. Apple never tell all, the setup will be different and optimised for the iPad air. Don’t forget that most apps will never make use of the 64bit power so no big issue as one could argue is overpowered to start with..

      • Freddy Born

        I hope the tear down hides some controllers and more storage…. <.<

    • mehrab

      No a7 cos they pretty much over clocked the processor more then the 5s”s a7 and also added twice the ram. Wait for anandtech you”ll see

  • AfricanTalent

    Boring. Not impress with these old so called faster products. No wow for me factor.

    • Rowan09

      Mavericks being free was the best thing for with and garage band.

    • Taf Khan

      What did you want… GOLD. 😛

      • Yash Gorana

        I guess….he wanted the D ! or more likely the iD.

        LOL

    • bigtalk

      yeah stuff is already fast enough…

  • afra33

    Does it make phone calls???

    • Yash Gorana

      Yes. Via regular telephone.

    • Jonathan

      Define it.
      If it’s an iPad, get a Google account, and download Hangouts. Boom, an iPhone.

      • afra33

        I want to be able to use it as a phone.

      • felixtaf

        If u r serious, buy a Asus Fonepad or Xperia Z Ultra! Apple’s bigger screen phones are iPhone 5, 5c and 5S!

    • hkgsulphate

      do you consider facetime audio phone calls?

  • leart za jmi

    i hope the new iPad Mini comes with ios 6 😛

    • chumawumba

      You’re an idiot

      • RarestName

        It’s a joke. Live with it.

      • leart za jmi

        You proved by yourself that your a real idiot, it was a joke hahaha

      • wackyrrific

        Thanks god we have you 🙂

      • wackyrrific

        Where did your neurone go?

      • leart za jmi

        if you cant take a joke stay the f*** out

      • bigtalk

        i want IOS6 too

      • leart za jmi

        I think that the most of people still prefer ios 6, but unfortunately apple dont let the users to chose

  • 4p0c4lyps3

    Saweet! Retina mini ftw. A7 mini = gaming monster. Count me in.

  • Jonathan

    Is it just me, or does the iPad Mini now have 128 GB option, or has it been like that for a while?

    • MrShutEmDown

      Im getting the 128gb ipad mini. I was upset it didnt have touchID, but Im not really concerned with that as much as I thought I would be

      • Jonathan

        No no, I’m saying, was that 128 GB option always there? I don’t remember it last time I checked, which was about 2 weeks ago.

      • mehrab

        Nope its new

  • Hugh Jassol

    As far as enhancements over last years models go…..IMO, the iPad mini wins hands down over the iPad Air. Gaining a retina display and A7 chip wins over shaving a 1/4 inch and loosing a few ounces.

  • Joey

    A bit disappointed that the new one doesn’t include Touch ID. But otherwise impressed!

  • Al

    Let me get this straight…

    Apple jumped two processors ahead from A5 to A7 for the retina iPad Mini..

    And they are selling the original iPad Mini for $299?

    I would think they would atleast bump up the processor to A6 for the original iPad Mini…

    • Tobias9413

      then it wouldn’t be the original iPad mini anymore now would it?

      • Al

        True…

        But Apple do spec bumps all the time. Just seems out of the norm for Apple to jump 2 processors ahead.

        Makes me wonder what was wrong with the A6 chip.

      • bigtalk

        they didnt want to make same mistake they did in ipad3..

    • Rowan09

      They would never redesign an old iPad that would mean it would also be a new iPad as well.

      • bigtalk

        iPad C

      • Donglemecurious

        I thought they may introduce that as well to round out the lineup. A miniC makes too much sense for the education market versus continuing the iPad 2.

        They really like to dribble out advancements lately. Not even an 8mp camera on the Air? Disappointing.

  • bigtalk

    “Apple will be keeping the first gen iPad mini around, though, and has slashed its price to $299.” ahahahhahahh some sad folks with no clue will buy it..

  • afra33

    iPad 2 makes no sense for 399 when you can get this baby (ipad mini) for the same price!!!

  • Jerwyn Feria

    I’m impress but weirded out by the first gen mini price slash

  • afra33

    Don’t see why the iPad Air is more expensive than the iPad mini, they both have the same specs except screen size.

    • bigtalk

      AND MIINI SCREEN IS sharper cause its smaller..lol

  • Straightshoota

    I wanted that. ” oh and one more thing, it now has touch i.d. And multi-user support with iOS 7.1 update!” But Steve jobs has left the building.

    • bigtalk

      YUP NOW WE HAVE COOK N’ IVE..

  • Joey

    Bummed, no Touch ID

  • Khis Ariasaif

    Hopefully the weight of the Mini hasn’t increased by much.

  • Well_Said

    and gain no Wow factor here

  • afra33

    Can i use it as a phone? Can it make phone calls on 2G?

  • hkgsulphate

    is the mini 1 smart cover compatible with retina mini?

  • jose carlos

    On the first gen mini just dropping 30 bucks is STUPID!When they just raised the 2nd mini 70 bucks GANGSTER BUSINESS is the word!

    • bigtalk

      CAPITALISM

  • bigtalk

    all i wanted was apple controllers and i gone none

  • Tony

    Called it, figured they would raise the price. Well I guess I’ll stick with my original mini for at least another year. 🙂

    • Hugh Jassol

      Personally, I would sell it before its value drops (not saying you need the money etc).

      IMO, the new mini is a BIG jump over its predecessor (A5 to A7 & retina display). Its basically the difference between ipad2 and the new ipad Air.

      I feel like Apple gave a little more than I expected (spec wise).

  • n0ahcruz3

    Nah too expensive for me. I’ll just buy a fifth gen itouch for my iOS needs/wants.

  • siddique

    no touch iD???

    • Rowan09

      It seems like they’re using all the touch id resources for the 5s so adding two more devices would in my opinion make it worst.

      • siddique

        agreed..:)

  • Rowan09

    I have a question. I saw a website that did a comparison of the iPad Mini and the Fire tablets, Nexus 7 and the Galaxy Tab 2, the iPad mini had hiring specs for the resolution. Is the iPad Mini therefore a HD screen?