Apple announces the iPad mini 2

Nothing surprising about the announcement, but it is nice to see just what the new iPad mini 2 looks like 'in the flesh'.

It's there, right above and now with the Retina display we have all been anticipating. The overall size is the same at 7.9 inches, but you'll really notice the difference when you browse or fire up a book or watch a movie. The screen resolution is seriously improved at 2048 x 1536, around 326 ppi. Images are crisp, text is crystal clear and movies play at full 1080p HD-resolution.

The A7 chip is now on-board, offering 64-bit desktop-class architecture, advanced graphics and improved image signal processing from the previous model, Specifically, four times the CPU and eight times the graphics performance. It also features the M7 motion coprocessor that gathers data from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass to offload work from the A7 for improved power efficiency.

Other key features include two antennas to support Multiple-In-Multiple-Out (MIMO) technology, bringing twice the Wi-Fi performance, LTE support if you fancy going 4G, a next generation FaceTime HD camera with improved back illumination sensors for better low-light performance, an iSight camera with 5-megapixel sensor, faster auto-focus, up to three times video zoom, five times still zoom plus automatic image and video stabilisation and of course, iOS 7 as your operating system.

The iPad mini with Retina display will be available from late November in silver or space grey. Wi-Fi models will be available for £319 for the 16GB model, £399 for the 32GB model, £479 for the 64GB model and £559 for the 128GB model.

Wi-Fi + cellular (4G) models will be available for £419 for the 16GB model, £499 for the 32GB model, £579 for the 64GB model and £659 for the 128GB model.

If you want a deal with the current mode, the original iPad mini is now offered at a more affordable price of £249 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and £349 for the 16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model.

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