Going into today’s event, we weren’t quite sure what to expect from the iPad mini. Would we even get an iPad mini 2 today? Rumors suggested that Apple might hold off on the release. Worse than that, they also suggested that the tablet might not see the resolution upgrade we’ve been so looking forward to. Today, after revealing the iPad Air, Apple put our fears to rest, confirming the launch of a new iPad mini with Retina display.
Sure enough, the second-gen iPad mini gets the same 2048 x 1536 display as its big brother. Just as importantly, it packs the same power under the hood, getting an A7 SoC of its own.
Like the iPad Air, Apple says the iPad mini 2 will see about 10 hours of battery life, and enjoy similar improvements to the Air’s increased WiFi speeds; LTE gets some enhancements, too.
So how ’bout that pricing? Apple will have both silver and black versions of the new iPad mini available for sale in November, starting at about $400. That’s 16GB WiFi-only, and cellular connectivity bumps that up to $530. If you don’t care about this new hardware, last year’s iPad mini will stick around, selling for $300.