Apple originally entered the tiny-tablet market in 2012 in a bid to stop key competitor Google and its Nexus 7 stealing its market share. But, being powered by already year old technology and costing more than its main rival, the iPad Mini was at best a modest success. Aware of this, one year on Apple's come out swinging unveiling its new iPad Mini 2, which includes a host of radically upgraded internal components.
Here we compare the new device to the older model to see how it stacks up:
Dimensions and weight
iPad Mini 2: 200x135x7.5mm, 331g
iPad Mini: 200x135x7.2mm, 308g
While the iPad Mini 2 does feature a host of upgraded internal components, the power boost comes at a cost. The iPad Mini 2 is fractionally thicker than its predecessor and nearly 20g heavier.
iPad Mini 2: 7.9in, 2048x1536, 326ppi Retina Display
iPad Mini: 7.9in 1,024x768 resolution, 168ppi display
The original iPad Mini's display was a massive sticking point. This was because despite costing over £100 less, its chief competitor the Google Nexus 7 featured a significantly better HD display that made the Mini's look outright blurry. Aware of this Apple's chosen to load the iPad Mini 2 with a 7.9in Retina display capable displaying nearly twice as many pixels than its predecessor.
iPad Mini 2: iOS 7
iPad Mini: iOS 7
Both the iPad Mini and iPad Mini 2 run on Apple iOS 7. This is no bad thing as the update has a host of security and productivity features. Even better, Apple confirmed at the iPad Mini 2's unveiling it's going to make even more of the productivity apps, including iWork, free for download. This means the new iPad Mini 2 could be one of the most enterprise friendly tablets available this year. Older iPad Mini device owners can also get this raft of productivity tools for free too.
iPad Mini 2: A7
iPad Mini: Apple A5 dual-core processor
The iPad Mini 2 runs on the same A7 processor as the iPad Air and iPhone 5S. This means it should offer radically better performance than the original Mini, which ran on the A5 chip used in the iPad 2.
iPad Mini 2: 5MP iSight rear and HD front-facing
iPad Mini: 5MP rear and 1.2MP front-facing
Both the iPad Minis feature 5MP rear cameras, but the iPad Mini 2 features and improved HD FaceTime front camera. Apple claims the FaceTime front camera can perform significantly better in low light conditions making it much more suitable for video calling and conferencing purposes.
iPad Mini 2: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB
iPad Mini: 16GB, 32GB or 64GB flash
The iPad Mini 2 will be available in more storage and connectivity options than its predecessor. However, it will be significantly more expensive with a basic WiFi-only 16GB iPad Mini 2 costing £320. The 16GB-WiFi only original iPad Mini by comparison will retail for a more modest £250.
iPad Mini 2: 10 hours
iPad Mini: 10 hours
Both the iPad Mini 2 and iPad Mini are listed as having 10 hour battery lives. If true means they will have above average battery life, with most Android tablets boasting an average battery life off around seven hours.
The Apple iPad Mini 2 is a significant step up from its predecessor, as it features a more powerful A7 chipset and Apple's Retina display technology. However, with Apple having wisely chosen to keep selling the original iPad Mini at a significantly reduced cost, true bargain hunters that don't need the extra power may well choose to save their cash and go for the older model.
By V3's Alastair Stevenson
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