iPad Mini (2nd generation)

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iPad Mini
IPad Mini with Retina Display Logo.png
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Developer Apple Inc.
Manufacturer Foxconn
Product family iPad Mini
Type Tablet computer
Introductory price Wi-Fi:
16 GB: $399, 32 GB: $499,
64 GB: $599, 128 GB: $699
Wi-Fi + Cellular:
16 GB: $529, 32 GB: $629,
64 GB: $729, 128 GB: $829
Operating system Original: iOS 7.0.3
Current: iOS 7.1.2, released June 30, 2014 (2014-06-30)
Power Built-in rechargeable Li-Po battery
23.8 W·h (86 kJ), 10hr life
System-on-chip used Apple A7 with 64-bit architecture and Apple M7 motion co-processor
Memory 1GB LPDDR3 DRAM[1]
Storage 16, 32, 64 or 128 GB flash memory
Display 2048×1536 px (326 PPI), 7.9 in (200 mm) diagonal, 4:3 LED-backlit IPS LCD
Input Multi-touch screen, headset controls, proximity and ambient light sensors, 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, digital compass
Camera

iSight Camera: 5 mega-pixels, ƒ/2.4 aperture, 1080p video.

FaceTime HD Camera: 1.2MP photos, ƒ/2.4 aperture, 720p HD video.
Connectivity
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz

Bluetooth 4.0

GSM
UMTS / HSDPA
850, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz
GSM / EDGE
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
CDMA
CDMA/EV-DO Rev. A and B.
800, 1900 MHz
LTE
Multiple bands
A1490: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26; A1491: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20 and TD-LTE 38, 39, 40
Online services App Store, iTunes Store, iBookstore, iCloud, Game Center
Dimensions Height: 200 mm (7.9 in)
Width: 134.7 mm (5.30 in)
Depth: 7.5 mm (0.30 in)
Weight Wi-Fi: 331 g (0.730 lb)
Wi-Fi + Cellular: 341 g (0.752 lb)
Predecessor iPad Mini (1st generation)
Website www.apple.com/ipad-mini

The second generation iPad Mini (marketed as the iPad mini with Retina display, colloquially referred to as the iPad Mini 2), is a tablet computer produced and marketed by Apple Inc. It has an almost identical design to the first generation iPad Mini, but features an internal revision such as the addition of the A7 system-on-a-chip and 2,048 x 1,536 resolution Retina Display.[2] Internally, the second generation iPad Mini has nearly the same hardware as its sibling device, the iPad Air. Apple quietly released the second generation iPad Mini in space gray and silver colors on November 12, 2013.

History[edit]

The second generation iPad Mini was announced during a keynote at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on October 22, 2013.[3] The theme of the keynote was named 'We still have a lot to cover.'[4]

Features[edit]

Software[edit]

Further information: iOS, iOS version history, iTunes Radio and AirDrop

The second generation iPad Mini comes with the iOS 7 operating system, released on September 18, 2013.[5] Jonathan Ive, the designer of iOS 7's new elements, described the update as "bringing order to complexity", highlighting features such as refined typography, new icons, translucency, layering, physics, and gyroscope-driven parallaxing as some of the major changes to the design. The design of both iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks (version 10.9) noticeably depart from skeuomorphic elements such as green felt in Game Center, wood in Newsstand, and leather in Calendar, in favor of a flat, colourful design.[6]

It can act as a hotspot with some carriers, sharing its Internet connection over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB, and also access the Apple App Store, a digital application distribution platform for iOS. The service allows users to browse and download applications from the iTunes Store that were developed with Xcode and the iOS SDK and were published through Apple. From the App Store, GarageBand, iMovie, iPhoto, and the iWork apps (Pages, Keynote, and Numbers) are available.[7]

The second generation iPad Mini comes with several pre-installed applications, including Siri, Safari, Mail, Photos, Video, Music, iTunes, App Store, Maps, Notes, Calendar, Game Center, Photo Booth, and Contacts.[8] Like all iOS devices, the iPad can sync content and other data with a Mac or PC using iTunes, although iOS 5 and later can be managed and backed up without a computer. Although the tablet is not designed to make phone calls over a cellular network, users can use a headset or the built-in speaker and microphone to place phone calls over Wi-Fi or cellular using a VoIP application, such as Skype.[9] The device has a dictation application, using the same voice recognition technology as the iPhone 4S. This enables users to speak and the iPad types what they say on the screen, though the iPad must have an internet connection available (via Wi-Fi or cellular network) due to the feature's reliance on Apple servers to translate the speech.[10]

The second generation iPad Mini has an optional iBooks application, which displays books and other ePub-format content downloaded from the iBookstore.[11] Several major book publishers including Penguin Books, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster and Macmillan have committed to publishing books for the device.[12] Despite being a direct competitor to both the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook,[13] both Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble offer e-reader apps for the iPad.[14][15]

Siri, an intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator, is included. The application uses a natural language user interface to answer questions, make recommendations, and perform actions by delegating requests to a set of Web services. Apple claims that the software adapts to the user's individual preferences over time and personalizes results.[16] iOS 7 adds new male and female voices, new system setting functionalities, a redesign to match the rest of the operating system, and integration with Twitter, Wikipedia, Bing, and Photos.[17] Facebook comes integrated through Apple's native apps. Facebook features can be directly accessed from within native apps such as Calendar which can sync Facebook events, or use Facebook's like button from within the Apple App Store.[18][19] iTunes Radio, an internet radio service, is also included on devices compatible with running iOS7. It is a free, ad-supported service available to all iTunes users, featuring Siri integration on iOS. Users are able to skip tracks, customize stations, and purchase the station's songs from the iTunes Store. Users can also search through their history of previous songs.[20]

On June 2, 2014, it was announced that the second generation iPad Mini would receive the iOS 8 update.[21]

Design[edit]

Size comparison between first and second generation iPad mini and the second, third, and fourth-generation full-sized iPad.

The second generation iPad Mini largely has the same design as the first iPad Mini. One notable change is the inclusion of a Retina Display, matching the screen resolution of the full-sized Retina iPad models. The slate-colored back panel of the first-generation iPad Mini was discontinued in favor of "space grey", a black color, and the white color still remains.

Hardware[edit]

Although the second generation iPad Mini inherits hardware components from the iPhone 5S, such as its 64-bit Apple A7 system-on-chip and Apple M7 motion processor, it uses the same home button as its predecessor and therefore does not support Touch ID and fingerprint sensor. It also includes a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.2 MP FaceTime HD front-facing camera, support for 802.11n, and an estimated 10 hours of battery life.[22]

As with all previous generations of iPad hardware, there are four buttons and one switch on the second generation iPad Mini. With the device in its portrait orientation, these are: a "home" button on the face of the device under the display that returns the user to the home screen, a wake/sleep button on the top edge of the device, and two buttons on the upper right side of the device performing volume up/down functions, under which is a switch whose function varies according to device settings, functioning either to switch the device into or out of silent mode or to lock/unlock the orientation of the screen.[22] In addition, the WiFi only version weighs 331 grams while the cellular model weighs 341 grams – slightly more than their respective predecessors. The display responds to other sensors: an ambient light sensor to adjust screen brightness and a 3-axis accelerometer to sense orientation and switch between portrait and landscape modes.[23] Unlike the iPhone and iPod Touch's built-in applications, which work in three orientations (portrait, landscape-left and landscape-right), the iPad's built-in applications support screen rotation in all four orientations, including upside-down. Consequently, the device has no intrinsic "native" orientation; only the relative position of the home button changes.[22]

The audio playback of the second generation iPad Mini is in stereo with two speakers located on either side of the lightning connector.

The second generation iPad Mini is available with 16, 32, 64 or 128 GB of internal flash memory, with no expansion option. Apple sells a "camera connection kit" with an SD card reader, but it can only be used to transfer photos and videos.[22]

All second generation iPad Mini models can connect to a wireless LAN and offer dual band Wi-Fi support. The tablet is also manufactured either with or without the capability to communicate over a cellular network. The second generation iPad Mini (as well as the iPad Air) cellular model comes in two variants, both of which support nano-SIMs, quad-band GSM, penta-band UMTS, and dual-band CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and B. Additionally, one variant also supports LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25 and 26 while the other variant supports LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20 and TD-LTE bands 38, 39 and 40. Apple's ability to handle many different bands in one device allowed it to offer, for the first time, a single iPad variant which supports all the cellular bands and technologies deployed by all the major North American wireless providers at the time of the device's introduction.

Timeline[edit]

iPad Mini (second generation) iPad Mini (first generation) IPad Air IPad (fourth generation) IPad (third generation) IPad 2 IPad (first generation)
Source: Apple press release library[24]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Writing for TechRadar, Gareth Beavis awarded the second generation iPad Mini a rating of 4.5 out of 5. Beavis praises the retina display and A7 chip performance, and states that its "design is still the best in the tablet category." However, he does criticize the price increase.[25] On his website, AnandTech, Anand Lal Shimpi highly compliments the design and increased speed of the second generation iPad Mini while lamenting the limited color palette, stating "...it’s a shame that this is a tradeoff that exists between the two iPads especially given how good Apple is about sRGB coverage in nearly all of its other displays."[26] Despite some criticisms, such as the quality of the camera, Jeffrey Van Camp of Digital Trends gave the second generation iPad Mini a score of 4.5 out of 5. He writes: "The iPad Mini 2 is our favorite tablet of 2013. With a powerful 64-bit A7 processor and a high-resolution ‘Retina’ screen, it finishes the job that Apple started with the first iPad Mini."[27]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "iPad Mini Retina Display Teardown". iFixit. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Apple iPad Mini gets Retina Display
  3. ^ "Apple decks out venue for iPad event next week". CNET. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ {apple.com}
  5. ^ Souppouris, Aaron (September 10, 2013). "iOS 7 will come to iPhones and iPads on September 18th". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  6. ^ Cue, Eddy; Cook, Tim; Federighi, Craig; Ive, Jony; et al. (June 10, 2013). WWDC 2013 Keynote. Moscone West, San Francisco, California: Apple Inc. Event occurs at c.1h 25min, to end. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ Ankan Deka, Jim (September 14, 2011). "iPad – the Musician’s Genie". EF News International (Eastern Fare Music Foundation). Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  8. ^ "The new iPad – Amazing iPad apps, built right in.". Apple. March 7, 2012. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  9. ^ Sarno, David (January 29, 2010). "Apple confirms 3G VoIP apps on iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Skype is waiting". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  10. ^ "The new iPad: It's a Breakthrough because it features are.". Apple. March 7, 2012. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  11. ^ Patel, Nilay (January 27, 2010). "The Apple iPad: starting at $499". Engadget. AOL. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  12. ^ Topolsky, Joshua (January 27, 2010). "Live from the Apple 'latest creation' event". Engadget. AOL. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  13. ^ Electronista Staff (December 9, 2009). "Apple tablet due March, to get Kindle-killer book deal?". Electronista. MacNN. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Free Kindle Reading Apps". Amazon.com. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Free NOOK app for iPad, Download eReader app – Barnes & Noble". Barnes & Noble. April 20, 2012. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Apple – iOS 7 – Siri". Apple Inc. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  17. ^ "iOS 7 Features". Apple Inc. June 13, 2013. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  18. ^ Clark, Jason (August 28, 2013). "Platform Updates: Facebook SDK for iOS 7 and Promotions Updates". Facebook. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  19. ^ Davies, Chris (September 18, 2013). "Facebook and Twitter get iOS 7 app refresh". SlashGear. R3 Media. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Apple - iTunes Radio - Hear where your music takes you.". Apple Inc. June 10, 2013. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Which iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models will get iOS 8? Find out here". Tech Times. June 4, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  22. ^ a b c d "iPad Mini– Technical Specifications". Apple. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Apple's got it wrapped up for Christmas!". The Daily Mail. October 23, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  24. ^ Apple Inc. (2010–2011). Press Release Library. Retrieved April 3, 2011.
  25. ^ Beavis, Gareth (December 9, 2013). "iPad mini 2 with Retina display review". TechRadar. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  26. ^ Lal Shimpi, Anand (November 16, 2013). "Apple iPad mini with Retina Display: Reviewed". AnandTech. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  27. ^ Van Camp, Jeffrey (November 15, 2013). "Apple iPad Mini 2 Review". Digital Trends. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 

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Preceded by
iPad Mini (1st generation)
iPad Mini (2nd generation)
2nd generation
Succeeded by
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