The iPad Mini 2: Everything You Need to Know

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The iPad Mini 2: Everything You Need to Know

The second-generation iPad Mini, officially marketed as iPad Mini with Retina display or iPad Mini 2, debuted on 22 October 2013. Presented as part of a keynote address titled "We Still Have a Lot to Cover", the advanced features of this small-sized tablet signalled a new era for Apple devices dominated by the Retina display. Buying an iPad Mini 2 is a major investment for many buyers. Therefore, learning about its top features and functions is the best way to confirm that it is the right tablet for you.


Major features of the iPad Mini 2

When the first iPad Mini came onto the market at the end of 2012, it made quite an impression, mostly because of its reduced screen size. The iPad Mini's 7.9-inch screen directly contrasted to the full-size iPad's 9.7-inch screen. This and other basic specifications, such as dimensions and weight, do not differ significantly from the original 2012 iPad Mini model. However, several other significant changes took place that make the iPad Mini 2 clearly stand out from its predecessor, as well as other tablets on the market.

Retina display

Apple's patented Retina display, which originally debuted with the iPhone 4, provides a crisper, clearer picture because of the number of pixels it provides. Its resolution is actually higher than HDTV.

The iPad Mini 2 has 3.1 million pixels on a 2048x1536p resolution display. This adds up to 326 PPI, which is greater than any other Apple iPad model that preceded it, including full-size iPads with Retina display, and four times the number of pixels than the original iPad Mini.

The Apple A7 chip

The A7 chip on the Apple Mini 2 offers a faster overall tablet computing experience than the second-generation A5 chip in the Original iPad Mini does. The enhanced A7 chip also has a 64-bit architecture, which runs applications faster and supports OpenGL ES version 3.0 for improved graphics.

The M7 motion coprocessor

Designed to help applications run more efficiently and in accordance with the user's personal movement, the M7 motion coprocessor changes the experience of using the iPad Mini 2. By using data from a variety of sources, including the accelerometre, gyroscope, and compass, the M7 adjusts the function of the iPad. Though the main processor chip normally carries out these processes, in this case, the A7 gives the job to the M7 coprocessor, which conserves the iPad Mini's battery life.

5MP iSight camera

The back camera of the iPad Mini 2 is a 5 MP iSight camera designed to work in concert with the Retina display for a unique photographic experience. With the ability to take still shots along with 1080p HD video, the iSight camera also works in line with the A7 chip for a faster experience with automatic adjustments.


Top functions of the iPad Mini 2

In addition to its hardware features, several functions of the software and usability of the iPad Mini 2 are worth mentioning. Most notably, this includes its wireless functions as well as enhanced FaceTime chat features.

Wireless connectivity

The iPad Mini 2 comes in two versions: Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi plus Cellular. In Australia, the iPad Mini supports three major LTE networks as of 2014:

  • Optus (including Virgin)
  • Telstra
  • Vodafone

With a service contract, iPad Mini 2 users can connect their iPad Mini 2 to the Internet even without a Wi-Fi signal. With Wi-Fi, any iPad Mini 2 connects to the Internet at speeds two times faster than the previous model because of dual antennas along with Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output, or MIMO, technology. This produces download speeds of up to 300 Mbps.

FaceTime on the iPad Mini 2

The iPad Mini 2 enhances the experience of using Apple's FaceTime application by allowing users to make phone calls using either a Wi-Fi or cellular connection. The HD front camera also features a back slide illumination sensor, which even works in low light. This feature brightens up the user's face for both chat and still shots.


How to buy the iPad Mini 2 on eBay

Buying an iPad Mini 2 for yourself or a friend is easy with the sellers on eBay. In a Live Event on 16 October 2014, Apple executives identified the simplicity and capability of its iPad series as the reason that so many users love it, and eBay's large inventory means it is possible to find the exact model you want. To get started, just use the main search bar on any page and type in "iPad Mini 2". Then, sort results according to price, memory size, or even the location of the item to find the perfect fit.

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