What’s different with the new iPad Mini (Philippine Price, Specs Included)?

a photo of the ipad mini with retina displayEver since the iPad Mini came out, most people (including me) complained that it didn’t have a Retina display. Apple heard people’s woes and released an all new iPad Mini, dubbed as the iPad Mini with Retina Display, on October 22 (just a month after the iPhone 5S release). So, what’s the difference between the new iPad mini and its predecessor? Let’s find out! 🙂

Here’s a quick sneak peek of the main difference between the first iPad mini and the iPad Mini with Retina Display:


                                                           iPad Mini 1                                                      iPad Mini 2

a table showing the difference between ipad mini 1 and ipad mini 2

As you can see, there’s definitely a huge improvement with the new iPad mini. It has a better resolution, faster processor, and more storage space.

I highlighted the processor and the resolution in green because they are the two specs that greatly improved. It’s four times faster than the old iPad Mini (thanks to its latest A7 chip) and the resolution and pixel density has been doubled.

Honestly, I can’t wait to hold the new iPad Mini to see the Retina display in action. 🙂

However, the camera has not improved, which some people might find disappointing. In addition, the new iPad Mini is slightly heavier weighing at 331 grams.

Another thing that other people might find disappointing is that it does not come with a Touch ID technology like the iPhone 5S.

The new improvements, of course, come with a price. The iPad Mini 2 16 GB Wifi starts at $399, while the iPad Mini 1 is now retailed at $299.

In the Philippines, we could only speculate the price as of now. The iPad Mini 2 16 GB Wi-Fi might be around P19000-P21000.

The old iPad Mini (16 GB Wi-Fi)  is currently listed at P15490 in the Apple Philippine website. But prices may vary depending on where you buy it. Some online stores and stores in Greenhills sell the same unit for as low as P13000.

The iPad Mini 2 will be available in late November. In the Philippines, some online stores might already have units available during that time. But authorized resellers such as Power Mac might have units available in December or even next year.

So, what do you think of the iPad Mini with Retina Display? Are you impressed by its specs and planning to get one? Let me know what you think by commenting below?

Irene Chan

Irene Chan

Irene Chan loves two things: communication and technology. With this tech blog and her role as Head of Communications at Veems, she believes she has the best job in the world. 🙂 Besides those two things, she's also crazy for coffee, dogs, and zombies.Follow her on Veems to get tips and fun updates from her geeky life.
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