At first glance, you’d think this was the original iPad mini, but the 2G iPad mini (unofficially iPad mini 2) runs Apple’s A7 processor and has a Retina Display. The 64-bit A7 takes performance far beyond that of the earlier A5-based iPad mini.
The 2G iPad mini was introduced at the same time as the first iPad Air and shares most of its features.
Apple improved the FaceTime camera for a clearer image and it now supports 720p HD video as well as face detection and backside illumination. The rear camera received an f/2.4 lens, a 5 MP CCD, and a hybrid IR filter along with the iSight name and all the features of the FaceTime camera.
The 2nd generation iPad mini is the oldest to support iOS 10.3.
- Announced: 2013.10.23 at $399 (16 GB), $499 (32 GB), $599 (64 GB), and $699 (128 GB). $130 additional for cellular version.
- Included accessories: USB 2.0 Lightning cable, 10W 2A power adapter
- Code name: unknown
- WiFi only: iPad4,4
- Cellular: iPad4,5
- Model numbers:
- WiFi only: A1489
- Cellular: A1490
- Product numbers:
- WiFi only: ME276, (16 GB gray), ME279 (16 GB silver), ME277 (32 GB gray), ME280 (32 GB silver), ME278 (64 GB gray), ME280 (64 GB silver), ME856 (128 GB gray), ME860 (128 GB silver)
- CPU: 1.3 GHz 64-bit dual-core Apple A7
- RAM: 1 GB
- Architecture: 64-bit
- Audio chip: Cirrus Logic CS4398
- Graphics engine: dual-core PowerVR G6430
- Display: 7.9″ 2048 x 1536 pixel multitouch screen
- rear: 5 MP
- front: 1.2 MP 720p FaceTime HD
- Sensors: accelerometer, ambient light, compass, 3-axis gyroscope
- Geekbench, single core: 1377
- Geekbench, multicore: 2478
- I/O port: Lightning connector
- WiFi: 802.11a/b/g/n, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
- Bluetooth: 4.0
- Wireless data: UTMS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz), GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), CDMA EV-DO Rev. A/B (800, 1900 MHz), LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, and 26)
- GPS: WiFi-assisted GPS
- Battery: 23.8 Watt-hour lithium polymer
- Battery life: up to 10 hours
- Original OS: iOS 7.0.3
- Maximum OS: current
- iTunes Versions: iTunes 10.2 and later.
- Mac OS Required: OS X 10.6.8 or later
- Windows Versions Supported: 7, Vista, XP Home or Professional SP 2 or later
Dimensions and Weight
- Dimensions: 7.87″ x 5.3″ x 0.29″
- Weight: 0.73 lb. (0.75 lb. for cellular version)
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