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Apple upgrades the iPad mini with a Retina display

Just as the rumours indicated, Apple has updated the iPad mini with a Retina Display. The 7.9-inch tablet now shares the same 2048×1536 resolution as the larger iPad, giving it the densest display on a small slate so far.

In addition, Apple has upgraded the internals. There’s now a 64-bit A7 chip – a nice upgrade from the A5 chip found in last year’s iPad mini. The company says that processor performance has increased by four times, while the graphics chip is now eight times faster.

WiFi has been improved too. Apple says that it should be twice as fast, and models with cellular support for additional LTE bands, just like the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. Battery life remains unchanged at 10 hours.

Unfortunately, that Retina Display comes with an added cost. Apple says that the 16GB model will retail for £319 – for reference, the original iPad mini was sold for £269. There’s no word on an exact release date either, with Cupertino only saying that the tablet will be available “later in November”.

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