As had been rumored, Apple introduced the second-generation iPad mini today. This one will be arriving with a Retina display and similar to the iPad Air -- it will be available in two color options. Apple has the iPad mini with Retina display shipping in a Space Gray and also in a Silver option.
It's the main thing we complained about in our original iPad mini review, and it's the big thing Apple has addressed in its "iPad mini 2", the addition of Retina Display technology. The new iPad mini with Retina display looks just like the old version until you turn it on, at which point life gets pixel-packed. Apple's 2048 x 1536 resolution looks even more detailed on the smaller, 7.9-inch screen compared to the same res on the iPad Air's larger display, and that means more detailed graphics, smoother text, and an iOS 7 interface we kinda wanted to lick. Read on for some first impressions.
This morning Apple has officially brought on a 2nd generation of their popular iPad mini tablet, complete with Retina display. This version of the iPad mini works with a body and presentation extremely similar to the original, working with a physical appearance not all that unlike the iPad mini's first edition. This iPad mini will be hitting the market with at least two different colorways - a darker gray and a lighter silver / white, and will be appearing aside the new 5th generation iPad - the iPad Air as well.
Tomorrow morning an Apple event is set to take off bringing on a set of new devices starting, first and foremost, in the iPad arena. The 5th generation iPad is tipped to appear alongside the 2nd generation iPad mini, both of them ready to work with iOS 7 right out of the box. The desktop and mobile laptop environments are also tipped to be getting an update with the MacBook Pro lineup receiving 4th generation Intel Core technology (Haswell) alongside a final push for the Mac Pro 2013 to stores.
The second iPad mini will include a Retina upgrade and the iPad 5 will not have TouchID as was previously rumored, according to KGI Securities analyst Mingchi Kuo. These and a bevy of other predictions were released today in advance of the Oct. 22 iPad event to be held in San Francisco. The event will unveil a series of updates to the various iPads as well as to the MacBook Pro.
We already know that Apple will be holding an event on October 22 where it plans to unveil new products to the masses. Apple hasn't said exactly what the products will be that it plans to show off on October 22, but rumors continue to insist we will see the iPad 5 and the iPad mini 2. Only a few days ago a leaked image claiming to be the case for the iPad mini 2 showed that the next generation iPad mini would get a scant 0.2 mm thicker than the original iPad mini.]
Apple has sent out invites for an October 22nd event, where we're expecting to see the Cupertino company reveal the new iPad mini 2 and iPad 5. The event, which has the tagline "We still have a lot to cover", will be held in San Francisco, and has been widely predicted for some time now, though could still hold a few surprises depending on what extras Apple chooses to bring on stage, with chatter that the new Mac Pro 2013 might also make an appearance.
There's a China Sourcing Fair going on this week with a selection of electronics and accessories, and in the masses a set of iPad cases has appeared. The iPad mini 2 (the 2nd generation iPad mini, that is) in particular has raised eyebrows as one carrier seems to have revealed the thickness of the device as slightly larger than that of the original pad. This case - like all early release cases - could be innacurate, but as they say they are working with early models, it would appear that this device could take on the same increase in size revealed with the transition between the iPad 2 and the iPad 3, with retina display.
It's little over a week now before Apple almost certainly holds their next event for the release of the 5th generation iPad and the 2nd generation iPad mini, and today a set of images has appeared of both of these tablets' shells, clear as day. These images give us the most high-definition look we've had of both pieces of hardware yet, and well before the official unveiling of the devices by Apple itself. We're seeing here a slightly modified iPad mini 2 and a large overhaul on the iPad 5.
Apple's big iPad launch event will take place on Tuesday, October 22, insiders claim, with the Cupertino firm tipped to not only reveal the new iPad mini 2 and iPad 5, but bring the new Mac Pro 2013 on-stage as well. The leaked date, according to AllThingsD's sources, will also see OS X Mavericks on the agenda, as Apple refreshes its high-end desktop and tablet ranges.