GADGET DESIGNER Apple has announced the iPad Mini 2, with the firm branding the device as the iPad Mini with Retina display.
Clearly looking to challenge Google's new Nexus 7 and Amazon's Kindle Fire, the latest iPad Mini improves on Apple's debut pint-sized tablet with a Retina display, the same found on the Macbook Air.
We've rounded up everything you need to know about Apple's iPad Mini 2 tablet. Keep this page bookmarked to keep on top of all of the latest iPad Mini 2 release date, price and specification rumours.
Apple's second-generation iPad Mini's main improvement is of course a Retina display, with the device touting a 7.9in 2048x1536 resolution display. The device clearly has been influenced by Apple's latest iPhone 5S smartphone too, as the tablet features the same 64-bit A7 chip under the bonnet and the firm's latest iOS 7 mobile operating system.
Beyond that, the tablet's only real improvements are in the WiFi and storage departments, with Apple equipping the device with Multiple-In-Multiple-Out (MIMO) technology for faster wireless connectivity, and adding a 128GB storage model to the lineup.
The rest of the specifications remain unchanged. This means that buyers will find the same dual 5MP and 1.2MP Facetime HD cameras, 4G LTE support, and 10 hour battery life as Apple's debut 7.9in tablet. It features the same dimensions too, measuring 200x135x7.2mm.
Although yet to announce an official release date, Apple started selling the iPad Mini 2 with Retina display through its online store on 12 November.
At the time of writing, Apple's 16GB and 32GB WiFi-only iPad Mini 2 tablets, in both White Silver and Space Grey, are promised to ship within one to three days. The higher capacity 64GB and 128GB models, along with all of the 4G-enabled iPad Mini 2 models, will start shipping within five to 10 days.
Currys and PC World have also started taking orders for the iPad Mini 2, and getting one up on Apple's shop, it is offering £30 cashback.
If you want an iPad Mini 2 you may want to pick one up ASAP. Speculation has it that Apple may be suffering from a supply shortage, with reports claiming that the iPad Mini 2's display is suffering from a glitch which has lead to a shortage of display panels.
Apple's second generation iPad Mini is slightly more expensive than the first generation model, no doubt thanks to the addition of a Retina display. For those after the WiFi-only model, expect to pay £319 for the 16GB model, and £399, £479 and £559 for the 32GB, 64GB and 128GB models, respectively. For those after 4G LTE, these prices rise by £100 each. .
If you're after the device on contract, operators EE, Three and Vodafone have been quick to announce that they will be selling the iPad Mini with Retina display.
Three has become the first to reveal its pricing for the iPad Mini 2. Those looking to pick up the tablet on a 24 month contract can opt for a £25 or £29 tariff, both which come with 15GB monthly data. Depending on which tariff you pick, the 16GB model is available for £129 or £79, the 32GB model for £199 or £149, and the 64GB model for £269 or £229.
Three is also offering the tablet on a rolling monthly contracts, priced at £7.50 or £15, depending on how much data you want. µ