Apple’s new iPad Mini has now joined its full sized sibling in making it to the company’s online stores throughout the world. Both the new gen iPad variants were announced towards the last week of October. With the iPad Mini 2 now on sale, this marks the end of iPad Air’s dominion in the market which it had to itself for more than two weeks. Shipping times mentioned is 1 – 3 business days for the 16 and 32 GB Wi-Fi only variant for the tablet, which goes up to 5 – 10 days for the 64 and 128 GB versions as well as LTE versions of the tablet.
Pricing starts at $399 which goes up by $100 each time the memory size is doubled so that the highest specced 128 GB LTE version of the same can be yours for a cool $829. Also, the biggest change with the new iPad Mini, apart from the incorporation of the much touted Retina display, is largely centered around its internals. This includes the new 64 bit A7 chip as well as the M7 “motion coprocessor” both of which made its debut in the new iPhone 5s. There have also been a few issues reported with the functioning of the M7 chip which led to the iPhone 5s returning erroneous results. Apple has been attending the fault and a number of iOS upgrades too have been released.
Meanwhile, the new iPad Mini continues with the same form factor as its predecessor, except that the tablet in its present form is a bit thicker and heavier. This can be attributed to the tablet now coming with a Retina display though on the whole the new iPad Mini still can be counted among the lightest and slimmest around. However, with the new iPad Mini finally entering the retail scene, how much of an impact it makes on the newly redesigned iPad Air will be keenly watched. The first gen iPad Mini had outstripped sales of its stable mate, the iPad 4, though with the iPad Air now sporting looks similar to the mini variant, it will a good contest to watch.