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Apple introduces new Retina iPad mini

Dan Frakes | Oct. 23, 2013
Apple has introduced a new iPad mini with Retina display, along with lower prices for the original iPad mini

The iPad mini with Retina Display will be available in silver/white or Space Gray/black "later in November," according to Apple. The Wi-Fi versions will cost $399 for 16GB, $499 for 32GB, $599 for 64GB, or $699 for 128GB—a first in that capacity for the iPad mini. Cellular versions add $130 to each: $529, $629, $749, or $829, respectively.

By all accounts, the original iPad mini has been a big hit for Apple, even though other small tablets, such as the latest Nexus 7, have debuted with better specs or lower prices. The new iPad mini line should blunt some of that spec-sheet-based criticism.

Original iPad sticks around
While Apple is introducing a brand-new iPad mini line, the company is keeping the original iPad mini around—in a single configuration—as a lower-price option. Specifically, the 16GB Wi-Fi iPad mini is now priced at $299, rather than its original price of $329, with the Wi-Fi + Cellular version at $429. The cellular version is available for the U.S. networks of AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

Apple did make one minor change to the original iPad mini: It's now available in Space Gray or Silver, rather than the original black or white. It is available now.

Both iPad mini versions (Retina and non-Retina) ship with iOS 7 installed, and—as with all devices running iOS 7—allow you to download Apple's iLife and iWork suites for iOS for free.

New iPad mini cases
Finally, Apple announced new cases for its new Retina iPad mini. The new iPad mini Smart Cover, made of polyurethane, will sell for $39. A new leather iPad Smart Case will cost $69.

 

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