We have some really great news for Apple fans and consumers all around the world – Apple has started offering the retina display equipped Apple iPad Mini online. You might not be able to buy the new Apple iPad Mini in your region, but we are sure that you will be happy just to know that it is official out in the market!
The retina display equipped Apple iPad Mini or the Apple iPad Mini 2 as many prefer to call it, is now being offered in the United States. Interested consumers can go ahead and check out the new tablet on the official Apple site, we have already provided the link at the end of the post. But before you decide to scroll down and jump to the link, we want you to know some important facts and points about the new Apple iPad Mini. This will help you make a better buying decision and let you know about the other option that you have, the original Apple iPad Mini.
The new Apple iPad Mini 2 has a retina display screen resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. This means that the iPad Mini 2 has a better clarity even when you compare it to the Apple iPad 4 or the Apple iPad Air. The tablet still has the standard 7.9-inch touchscreen display, but with a screen resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, the pixel density has doubled from 162ppi to 324ppi. So if you are fond of crisp clear images and looking out an excellent display that will make you go ‘wow,’ the new Apple iPad Mini is the answer!
As of now, the new Apple iPad Mini is available on sale across Apple online stores only. We are sure that the tablet will soon be available in Apple retail stores as well as other retail stores soon enough. Similar to all previous iPads, the retina display iPad Mini is available in two models – Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + Cellular. This time, the tablet follows the color scheme used in the Apple iPhone 5S, but the gold color option has been dropped, at least for now.
The online buying process
Apple provides an easy and straightforward system for buying a retina display Apple iPad Mini through its online stores. So if you are interested in doing so, simply follow these steps and you should have your new iPad Mini delivered to you within a few days. According to Apple, the Wi-Fi only model ships in 1 to 3 business days whereas the Wi-Fi + Cellular model ships in 5 to 10 business days.
1. Select a color
The first and foremost thing to do is to select a color option that you like. You only have two options to choose from – Space Gray and Silver, so be sure to decide which one you want because both look equally awesome.
2. Select connectivity options and storage
Once you decide which color iPad Mini you want, you have to select the total internal storage space you want and the type of connectivity you want on your iPad Mini. The prices will change depending upon the storage space and model you choose.
First you need to decide whether you want to for a Wi0Fi only model or a Wi-Fi + Cellular model. The Wi-Fi + Cellular model will allow you to use cellular network whenever you want and wherever you want, you won’t have to rely on a Wi-Fi connection every now and then. But in order to but the Cellualr model, you will have to spend $130 extra regardless of the storage capacity.
For storage, you can choose between 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. The Apple iPad Mini does not have support for microSD cards, so be sure to choose your storage wisely. Even if you plan to go for the 16GB model, keep in mind that you will only be able to use about 12GB of space, the remaining 4GB (or more) will be used up by the operating system.
3. Select a carrier (for Cellular model only)
If you have decided to opt for a Wi-Fi + Cellular model like we did, you will have to go through one more step. Apple will provide you with 4 different carrier options to choose from. The options available include AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless (in alphabetical order).
Your iPad will be configured to operate with the carrier you choose right out of the box. So this is one of the reasons why the cellular model takes more time for delivery compared to the Wi-Fi only model.
4. Confirm the order
Once you have finalized the different selections for your Apple iPad Mini, you can hit the green ‘Select’ button that appears on the right hand side of the website. From here you will have the option to choose engraving and then simply proceed further.
Now we know that you will be interested in the retina display enabled iPad Mini. But if you are not ready to spend $399, you can check out the original Apple iPad Mini that is available for $299. There is a flat difference of $100 between every Apple iPad Mini and the retina display iPad Mini.
Finally, before heading to the link, be sure to check out the key specifications of the retina display enabled Apple iPad Mini.
iPad Mini Retina Display (Key specifications)
- 7.9-inch LED backlit multi-touch display
- IPS technology
- Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
- 2048 x 1536 pixels screen resolution
- 326 ppi pixel density
- Apple A7 chipset
- 64-bit architecture
- M7 motion coprocessor
- 1GB of RAM
- 5MP primary camera with 1080p video recording
- 1.2MP secondary camera with 720p video recording
- 16, 32, 64 and 128GB
- 23.8-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
- Up to 10 hours of mixed usage
- Apple iOS 7
- Space Gray
- Wi-Fi only
- Wi-Fi + Cellular
- 331 grams (Wi-Fi model)
- 341 grams (Wi-Fi + Cellular model)
- 200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm (both models)