Specs summary

Screen
7.8"

The Apple iPad mini 2's screen is 7.8 inches with 1536 x 2048 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.3 GHz

There is a Apple A7 Dual core 1.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the iOS 7 (Update Available: 11) operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16/32/64/ 128 GB

Internal memory is 16/32/64/ 128 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
24WHr

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 24 WHr battery. Apple's performance ratings are 30 days standby time.



The mini is now so beautiful and so immersive that you’ll never want to look away from the screen...

- David Pierce , The Verge 


The iPad mini with Retina Display boasts the sharpest screen in its class, a powerful A7 chip and epic battery life -- plus the best app selection -- all in a compact and elegant design.

- Mark Spoonauer , Laptop Magazine 

Reviews summary

8.9/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 45 reviews

What's good

  • Beautiful retina display
  • Fast performance
  • Useful pre-installed apps
  • Solid design

What's bad

  • Price
  • Mediocre camera

This latest release from Apple addresses one of the biggest concerns of the original iPad Mini. By adding a Retina display to the device, you can now enjoy the true iPad experience in a portable, smaller format. Tech Radar notes that the display upgrade is “perhaps the most obvious difference to the tablet” and goes on to say that “its easily a match for the display on the new Google Nexus 7, but we prefer the 4:3 aspect ratio of the iPad mini’s screen, which makes it a more comfortable to browse web pages on.”

However, the display is just the start of what the tablet has to offer. Stuart Miles of Pocket Lint noted that compared to the iPad mini, it is “noticeably faster than its predecessor. It's more powerful than the old iPad 4, getting innards closer to the iPhone 5S.”

Whether you are looking for a new tablet or simply upgrading an existing device, reviews agree that the new Mini 2 will be at the top of the charts for some time.

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Patrick Goss of Tech Radar says that it is “faster, prettier and more featured, the new iPad mini is everything we hoped it would be” and Jonathan Bray of PC Pro notes that “for people upgrading from the original, it should be an immediate and visible boost to the way in which the mini handles.”

The latest model is more than an incremental update to the original. Most hardware has been upgraded or completely replaced. Powered by the same A7 chipset in the iPad Air, reviews show that the Mini 2 performs fluidly and offers plenty of power for the most graphic intensive apps and games. PC Pro notes that they were able to “whizz around iOS 7 and launch apps without experiencing any undue delay or stuttering.”

There are a couple of things to keep in mind about the device.

The first is the camera. While it has received an upgrade from the original, boasting a 5-megapixel sensor, many reviews note that it still takes pictures that are just average. Patrick Goss of Tech Radar said that it “isn't going to (nor should it) replace your primary camera, but for every-day quick snaps it's a step up from the original iPad mini and perfectly acceptable.”

The other consideration is the price. This latest edition has some stiff competition from other manufacturers at much lower price points. However, before you balk at the price, consider that the device comes with iMovie, iPhoto, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers and Keynotes pre-installed. For anyone already using a Mac this provides plenty of options to make the most of your new device and integrated seamlessly with your desktop’s programs as well.

Pocket Lint sums up the new Mini well when it states “We always liked the iPad mini because of the size and convenience: it was the iPad experience that you really could slip into your pocket. But now it's all of that and more and although it will cost you to get the cheapest model, a fair hitch-up over the original.”


Reviews (8.9/10 Avg. rating)


Cnet

The simplest, most affordable iPad

from Cnet

It lacks the features and speed of a cutting-edge iPad, but the Mini 2 is still a solid tablet for basics, especially if you can buy it at a discount.

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It lacks the features and speed of a cutting-edge iPad, but the Mini 2 is still a solid tablet for basics, especially if you can buy it at a discount.

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APC

Able to deliver performance and battery life that’s still hard to beat

from APC

The iPad mini wins when you combine speed, screen resolution, battery life and weight.

The battery life of 10hrs 15mins from a tiny 23-watt-hour battery is quite remarkable, particularly given the performance the A7 is capable of.

Throw in the low 330-gram weight for the Wi-...More

The iPad mini wins when you combine speed, screen resolution, battery life and weight.

The battery life of 10hrs 15mins from a tiny 23-watt-hour battery is quite remarkable, particularly given the performance the A7 is capable of.

Throw in the low 330-gram weight for the Wi-Fi only version and this is a potent mix. Packing 2048×1536-pixels into a 7.9-inch I-PS panel means colours aren’t just great, you can forget spotting any pixels – few can match the pixel density here. Plus, you also still get HDMI output via the optional Lightning Digital AV Adapter.

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Fone Arena

A great upgrade over the original iPad Mini

from Fone Arena

Overall, the iPad Mini with Retina display is a great upgrade over the original iPad Mini. The iPad Mini with Retina display comes with one of the best processors from Apple – A7 and combines it with M7 co-processor. On the performance front, it is definitely on par with the iPad Air althou...More

Overall, the iPad Mini with Retina display is a great upgrade over the original iPad Mini. The iPad Mini with Retina display comes with one of the best processors from Apple – A7 and combines it with M7 co-processor. On the performance front, it is definitely on par with the iPad Air although it is hindered by iOS 7 bugs here and there. Both the iPad Air and iPad Mini are great products from Apple, but the problem for them is that Apple iPad Mini is eating the sales of iPad Air as it is relatively compact and lighter than the iPad Air.

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The Inquirer

It's a premium 8in tablet but at a very premium cost

from The Inquirer

The addition of the Retina screen is a real boost to the 8in tablet range from Apple, and it's impressive that this extra-high quality display and faster processor haven't dented battery life. We'd definitely award the iPad Mini 2 our highest score if it wasn't for the even higher starting price...More

The addition of the Retina screen is a real boost to the 8in tablet range from Apple, and it's impressive that this extra-high quality display and faster processor haven't dented battery life. We'd definitely award the iPad Mini 2 our highest score if it wasn't for the even higher starting price now attached to the device; it's a premium 8in tablet but at a very premium cost.

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Expert Reviews

Drops all of the compromises of its predecessor and is the best small tablet

from Expert Reviews

There's no doubt in our mind that the iPad Mini with Retina Display is the best small tablet. It perfectly balances screen resolution and size with portability, with Apple producing a tablet that fits comfortably in one hand. Build quality is excellent, too, putting this tablet above the cheaper, but still great, Google Nexus 7...

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There's no doubt in our mind that the iPad Mini with Retina Display is the best small tablet. It perfectly balances screen resolution and size with portability, with Apple producing a tablet that fits comfortably in one hand. Build quality is excellent, too, putting this tablet above the cheaper, but still great, Google Nexus 7.

Most importantly, with this model Apple has removed any compromise between this and the iPad Air. Personally, we slightly prefer the larger screen of the Air, especially as that tablet doesn't feel a lot bigger than the Mini. Still, if you want to save a bit of money or need a tablet that can be used comfortably in one hand, the iPad Mini is a brilliant choice. 

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Recombu

Apple has created a miniature masterpiece

from Recombu

The new iPad Mini with Retina display is a serious step up from the original tablet. The vastly improved screen and welcome boost in performance make it a more enjoyable affair than the original iPad Mini, and that slim and light frame is still a joy to clutch and carry. Of course, you’ll p...More

The new iPad Mini with Retina display is a serious step up from the original tablet. The vastly improved screen and welcome boost in performance make it a more enjoyable affair than the original iPad Mini, and that slim and light frame is still a joy to clutch and carry. Of course, you’ll pay a premium for that excellent user experience - check out our handy iPad Air vs iPad Mini with Retina Display vs iPad Mini pricing chart to see how the different models stack up.

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PC Pro

Apple upgrades its iPad Mini with a top-notch Retina display and a super-charged new processor

from PC Pro

It’s testament to the sheer quality of Apple’s efforts that the iPad mini with Retina display doesn’t feel outlandishly expensive. Other tablets, such as Google’s Nexus 7, or the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX, offer substantially better value, but the iPad mini is more powerful a...More

It’s testament to the sheer quality of Apple’s efforts that the iPad mini with Retina display doesn’t feel outlandishly expensive. Other tablets, such as Google’s Nexus 7, or the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX, offer substantially better value, but the iPad mini is more powerful and longer-lasting, and the sheer quantity and quality of choice in the Apple App Store remains ahead of rival devices. For most people, the Google Nexus 7 remains the better buy, but if you can afford it, the iPad Mini with Retina display is the finest compact tablet out there.

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ZDNet

Perfect balance of size and specs

from ZDNet

Apple's iPads definitely come at a premium price, but you should also consider they are worth much more when you are ready to move up to the newer model. I have used tablets running other operating systems, but keep coming back to an iPad because I still find the app selection, quality, functionality, and service offerings to be superior....

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Apple's iPads definitely come at a premium price, but you should also consider they are worth much more when you are ready to move up to the newer model. I have used tablets running other operating systems, but keep coming back to an iPad because I still find the app selection, quality, functionality, and service offerings to be superior.

I would likely give the iPad Mini with Retina display a perfect 10 if it had launched with Touch ID and all WiFi bands. The device really is nearly perfect and it will be in my collection for quite some time to come.

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Tech Advisor

A superb tablet in almost every way

from Tech Advisor

The iPad mini with Retina display is a fabulous tablet. The screen is excellent and more than worth the minimal weight gain. Performance is also excellent, and the 64-bit processor makes this much more future-proof than the original iPad mini. The higher price (compared to the original cost of th...More

The iPad mini with Retina display is a fabulous tablet. The screen is excellent and more than worth the minimal weight gain. Performance is also excellent, and the 64-bit processor makes this much more future-proof than the original iPad mini. The higher price (compared to the original cost of the iPad mini) may be frustrating, but it’s arguably better value than the iPad Air as well as being more portable. If you can afford it, you won’t be disappointed.

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TabletPCReview

Easy to carry around, looks great, and offers much faster performance than its predecessor

from TabletPCReview

The iPad mini with Retina display will not disappoint when it comes to design, performance, and display quality, but users will want to consider their storage needs along with their budget because 16GB will disappear quickly.

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The iPad mini with Retina display will not disappoint when it comes to design, performance, and display quality, but users will want to consider their storage needs along with their budget because 16GB will disappear quickly.

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I love them I use them for everything I do I have one in my hand I'm very pleased with it i'm satisfied with it I love it


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date November 12, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom, India
Networks
No cellular data
variations
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System iOS 7 (Update Available: 11)

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Secondary OS No
Processor Apple A7 Dual core 1.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16/32/64/ 128 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Body: 1.19 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 24 WHr
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Video Playback Time 10 hours
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 10 hours
3G Surfing Time 9 hours
4G Surfing Time 9 hours
Reading Time No
Standby Time 30 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Space Gray, Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 20.0 x 13.5 x 0.7 cm (7.9 x 5.3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 341 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1536 x 2048 pixels
Pixel density 326 pixels
Size 7.8 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, HID, HFP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Exposure, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
Face detection
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC, AAC+, AAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, GIF, HTML, JPG, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TIFF, TXT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Apple iPad mini with Retina display

Wi-Fi only version does not have GPS feature
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