iPad Air (5) vs iPad Mini 2

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Apple has just taken the wraps off both its new tablet devices, the iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2, however, they’ve actually got a bit of a different naming convention going on.

What we actually have is the iPad Air and the iPad Mini (with Retina display), although we’re going to keep referring to the iPad Mini as the iPad Mini 2, particularly as the original iPad Mini is going to still be sold by Apple at a reduced price.

Direct Spec comparison

DeviceApple iPad AirApple iPad Mini 2
Dimensions240×169.5×7.5mm,469g200×134.7×7.5mm,331g
Display9.7-inch IPS LCD Retina, 2048×1536 pixels, 264ppi7.9-inch IPS LCD Retina, 2048×1536 pixels,326ppi
Camera5-megapixel iSight5-megapixel iSight
Storage16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB
Processor, RAM, GraphicsApple A7 dual-core 64-bit,M7 Motion,1GB RAMApple A7 dual-core 64-bit,M7 Motion,1GB RAM
Operating SystemiOS 7iOS 7
UIN/AN/A
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.0,Wi-Fi,GPS, Lightning,Optional 4G/3GBluetooth 4.0,Wi-Fi,GPS, Lightning,Optional 4G/3G
Battery11,560mAh4440mAh

Apart from having different names, different sized bodies and displays, and different battery capacities, there’s actually not a lot of difference between the two new iPads in terms of spec.

Both use the same A7 dual-core 64-bit processor paired with the M7 Motion co-processor. Both have the same Retina display resolution at 2048×1536 pixels, which nets a pixel density of 264 pixels-per-inch (ppi) on the iPad Air and 326ppi on the iPad Mini 2.

Each is also fully equipped with MIMI Wi-Fi (twice as fast) and optional 4G LTE/3G connectivity, Bluetooth, GPS and the good old Lightning connector.

There are options for 16GB, 32GB and 64GB for both slates, plus a larger 128GB option for the really space-hungry user, while iOS 7 naturally runs the show and both devices have 5-megapixel iSight cameras with enhanced low-light FaceTime front-facing cameras.

The iPad Mini 2 is lighter but both devices are equally thin at 7.5mm.

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