Apple has unveiled the iPad Mini with Retina Display (iPad Mini RD), its successor to the 7-inch tablet in its family of iPad Mini products. While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that were rumoured to be coming, there are significant improvements to the initial device, launched last year.
The namesake and most significant change to the The new Retina display, the same high-quality display found on the 10-inch iPad 5, was a needed upgrade to help it compete with other 7-inch tablets on the market. The Nexus 7’s 2013 model and the Kindle Fire HDX 7 both have 1920x1200 pixel displays, which left the old iPad Mini’s 1024x768 display in the dust. As ZDNet argued, its old resolution just isn’t good enough to compete in the market at the end of 2013, and an update was needed to stay competitive. Not wanting to just meet those expectations, Apple exceeded by giving the iPad Mini RD a 2048x1536 display.
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