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The iPad mini 2 models -- originally the "iPad mini with Retina Display" models or iPad mini 2nd Gen models (and formally renamed iPad mini 2 on October 16, 2014) -- use practically identical housings as the original iPad mini, but have a much higher resolution "Retina" display, as well as a faster processor, faster Wi-Fi, and expanded LTE connectivity (on LTE capable models).
All iPad mini (2nd Gen) devices -- including this Wi-Fi and cellular capable model (A1490) -- are packed in thin white and silver or black and medium colored gunmetal "Space Gray" cases and feature a 7.9" 2048x1536 (326 ppi) LED-backlit IPS touch-sensitive display, a dual core 1.3 GHz Apple A7 processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, or 128 GB of flash memory storage (64 GB and 128 GB options discontinued October 16, 2014).
Other notable features include dual cameras -- a rear-mounted 5 megapixel "iSight" camera capable of shooting stills and 1080p video and a front-mounted 1.2 megapixel "FaceTime HD" camera capable of shooting stills and 720p video, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi with MIMO capability and Bluetooth 4.0, as well as dual microphones and speakers. Connectivity to computers, if desired, and power is provided by the Lightning port.
The battery life of this iPad mini 2nd Gen model is reportedly 10 hours "surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music." or nine hours of surfing the web using cellular data capabilities.
This Wi-Fi/Cellular iPad mini 2nd Gen (A1490) has support for A-GPS, GSM/EDGE, UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA, CDMA EV-DO, and perhaps most importantly LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, and 26. In the US, this single device is designed to run on the AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon networks.
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|Introduction Date:||October 22, 2013*||Discontinued Date:||N/A*|
|Details:||The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.
*This model was introduced on October 22, 2013 and shipped on November 12, 2013. The 64 GB and 128 GB options were discontinued October 16, 2014.
Also see: All iPad models introduced in 2013.
|Processors:||1 (2 Cores)||Geekbench 2 (32):||2274|
|Details:||Geekbench 2 provides 32-bit benchmarks for iOS models. This number is an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all Geekbench 2 user submissions for devices with the iPad4,5 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare Geekbench 2 results from different iPod touch, iPhone and iPad models side-by-side, please see EveryiPod.com's Ultimate iComparison.
|Geekbench 3 (32):||1033||Geekbench 3 (32):||1841|
|Details:||These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 32-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for devices with the iPad4,5 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare 32-bit Geekbench 3 results from different iPod touch, iPhone and iPad models side-by-side, see Everyi.com's Ultimate iComparison.
|Geekbench 3 (64):||1385||Geekbench 3 (64):||2496|
|Details:||These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 64-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all 64-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for devices with the iPad4,5 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare Geekbench 3 results from different iPod touch, iPhone and iPad models side-by-side, see Everyi.com's Ultimate iComparison.
|Processor Speed:||1.3 GHz*||Processor Type:||Apple A7|
|Details:||*Apple officially reports that the iPad mini (2nd Gen) models use an "Apple A7" processor with "64-bit architecture and [an] M7 motion coprocessor" with an unspecified clockspeed. However, the third-party Geekbench benchmarking software has determined the processor runs at 1.3 GHz.
Also see: How fast are the iPad Air and iPad mini Retina (2nd Gen) compared to one another? How fast are they compared to their predecessors?
|Onboard RAM:||1 GB*||Storage Capacity:||16, 32, 64, 128 GB|
|Details:||*Apple releases no official information regarding the amount of onboard RAM although software and hardware analysis has determined it has 1 GB of RAM.|
|Song Capacity:||N/A*||Photo Capacity:||N/A*|
|Details:||*Apple does not provide an official estimate for the number of songs, photos, and videos that any iPad can hold, instead opting for just gigabytes.|
|USB Support:||Sync & Charge (Lightning)||Firewire Support:||None|
|Case Type:||Tablet/Slate||Form Factor:||iPad mini (2nd Gen)|
|Housing Color:||Black or White*||Controller:||Multi-touch|
|Details:||*The iPad mini (2nd Gen) models have either a black-trimmed front and a medium colored gunmetal "Space Gray" matte back or a white-trimmed front and a silver aluminum matte back.|
|Built-in Display:||7.9" Color*||Display Resolution:||2048x1536 (326 ppi)|
|Details:||*The iPad mini (2nd Gen) models have a 7.9" IPS LED-backlit 2048 by 1536 display (326 ppi) with an "oleophobic" (oil repellent) coating. They also provide video mirroring and video out support up to 1080p using the "Lightning Digital AV Adapter" and the "Lightning to VGA Adapter."
In the US, site sponsor Mission Repair offers free diagnosis of hardware problems and 24-hour repairs for cracked displays as well as dead batteries, broken buttons, and more for this iPad.
For those interested in do-it-yourself repair, Mission Repair ships quality upgrade kits and parts for this iPad worldwide.
|Standard Wireless:||802.11a/b/g/n (MIMO)*||Standard Bluetooth:||4.0|
|Details:||*All iPad mini (2nd Gen) configurations support 802.11a/b/g/n on both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies (dual band) as well as MIMO.|
|Cell Network:||GSM/CDMA/LTE*||Camera:||5 Megapixels**|
|Details:||*This A1490 iPad mini (2nd Gen) model supports cellular data connectivity via AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon in the US. Specifically, it supports LTE (bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, and 26), as well as CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900 MHz), GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) and UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz).
**The iPad mini (2nd Gen) has dual cameras. The rear "iSight" camera has a 5 megapixel sensor and supports still photographs as well as HD video recording (1080p up to 30 FPS with audio). It has a f/2.4 aperture. The front mounted "FaceTime HD" camera, designed to be used for video conferencing in conjunction with Apple's provided FaceTime software over a Wi-Fi network, has a 1.2 megapixel sensor and takes videos up to 720p.
|Battery Type:||Lithium Polymer (23.8 Whr)||Battery Life (Music):||9-10 Hours*|
|Details:||*Apple estimates that this iPad mini (2nd Gen) provides "up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music" and 9 hours "surfing the web using [a] cellular data network."|
|Battery Life (Voice):||N/A||Standby Time:||N/A|
|Details:||Apple does not report the standby time for the iPad mini 2nd Gen.|
|Apple Order No:||MF066LL/A*||Apple Subfamily:||iPad mini Retina (Wi-Fi + Cellular)|
|Details:||*MF066LL/A refers to the 16 GB AT&T configuration in black and "Space Gray." The 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB configurations, also on AT&T in black and gray, are MF080LL/A, MF086LL/A, and MF116LL/A, respectively. The 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB configurations on AT&T in white and silver are MF074LL/A, MF083LL/A, MF089LL/A, and MF120LL/A, respectively.
In black and gray on Sprint, the 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB configurations are MF070LL/A, MF082LL/A, MF088LL/A, and MF118LL/A, respectively. In white and silver, also on Sprint, the 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB configurations are MF076LL/A, MF085LL/A, MF091LL/A, and MF123LL/A, respectively.
In black and gray on T-Mobile, the 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB configurations are MF519LL/A, MF552LL/A, MF575LL/A, and MF585LL/A, respectively. In white and silver on T-Mobile, the 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB configurations are MF544LL/A, MF569LL/A, MF580LL/A, and MF594LL/A, respectively.
Finally, in black and gray on Verizon, the 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB configurations are MF069LL/A, MF081LL/A, MF087LL/A, and MF117LL/A, respectively. In white and silver on Verizon, the 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB configurations are MF075LL/A, MF084LL/A, MF090LL/A, MF121LL/A, respectively.
|Apple Model No:||A1490 (EMC 2696*)||Model ID:||iPad4,5|
|Details:||The Model Number (external) is unique to this model.
*Please note that the EMC number is not externally listed on this model.
Also see: All iPhones with the A1490 Model Number, the 2696* EMC Number, and the iPad4,5 Model Identifier.
|Pre-Installed OS:||iOS 7.0.3||Maximum OS:||Current|
|Details:||With the exception of a couple of minor photography features, this model is fully supported by the last version of iOS 7. It also is fully supported by the current version of iOS 8 with the notable exception of "Health" functionality.
Also see: Which iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad models fully support iOS 8? For models that "partially" support iOS 8, which features are and are not supported?
|Dimensions:||7.87 x 5.3 x 0.29||Avg. Weight:||0.75 lbs. (341 g)|
|Details:||The iPad mini 2nd Gen (held vertically) is 7.87 inches tall, 5.3 inches wide, and 0.29 of an inch deep (200 mm x 134.7 mm x 7.5 mm).
This iPad mini 2nd Gen version equipped with both Wi-Fi and cellular data capabilities weighs 0.75 pounds (341 g).
|Mac Support:||Mac OS X 10.6.8||Windows Support:||Windows XP SP2/Vista/7/8|
|Details:||If syncing with iTunes is desired, Apple notes that Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later and iTunes is required to use this iPad with a Mac. To sync this iPad with a PC, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later is required as well as iTunes.|
|Audio Support:||Apple reports that the iPad mini 2nd Gen models support "AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV."|
|Video Support:||Apple reports that the iPad mini 2nd Gen models support "H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format."|
|Incl. Accessories:||The iPad mini 2nd Gen models also include a Lightning to USB cable and USB power adapter.|
|Original Price:||US$529-US$829*||Est. Current Retail:||US$429, US$479**|
|Details:||*Originally, there were four different price points for this model based on capacity. Regardless of color, 16 GB was US$529, 32 GB was US$629, 64 GB was US$729, and 128 GB was US$829.
**The current 16 GB and 32 GB configurations are US$429 and US$479, respectively.
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Global original prices for the iPad mini 2 (Retina/2nd Gen, Wi-Fi/Cellular) in 24 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region. Please note that prices with an asterisk (*) are bound by carrier contractual obligations.
For global original prices for all iPod, iPhone, and iPad models in one particular country on a single page, please refer to Everyi.com's Global Original Prices section.
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Original Prices - North America
|Canada:||C$549, C$649, C$749, C$849||United States:||US$529-US$829*|
Original Prices - Europe
|Austria:||€509, €599, €689, €779||Belgium:||€509, €599, €689, €779|
|Denmark:||DKK 3,999, 4,699, 5,399, 6,099||Finland:||€519, €609, €699, €789|
|France:||€519, €609, €705, €795||Germany:||€509, €599, €689, €779|
|Ireland:||€519, €609, €699, €789||Italy:||€509, €599, €689, €779|
|Netherlands:||€509, €599, €689, €779||Norway:||NOK 4.290, 5.090, 5.890, 6.690|
|Portugal:||€519, €609, €699, €789||Spain:||€509, €599, €689, €779|
|Sweden:||SEK 4.695, 5.595, 6.495, 7.395||Switzerland:||CHF 569, 679, 789, 899|
|United Kingdom:||£419, £499, £579, £659|
Original Prices - Asia
|China:||RMB 3,788, 4,488, 5,188, 5,888||Hong Kong:||HK$4,088, HK$4,888, HK$5,688, HK$6,488|
|Japan:||¥55,920, ¥66,720, ¥77,520, ¥88,320||Singapore:||S$728, S$870, S$1008, S$1148|
|Taiwan:||NT$16,900, NT$19,900, NT$22,800, NT$25,900|
Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand
|Australia:||A$629, A$749, A$849, A$949||New Zealand:||NZ$799, NZ$949, NZ$1099, NZ$1249|
Ten of the most popular Q&As about the iPad line follow.