Yes, Virginia. There is a Santa Claus. And he just may be putting Apple’s new mini tablet into your stocking.
Forget previous rumors that problems in production might delay availability of the new iPad mini until after the Holidays.
Apple said in a prepared release the newest generation of its smaller tablet should be available to consumers later in November.
Here’s a quick overview of the device from Engagdet:
Retina Display and Other Features
The key feature being touted by Apple in its upgrade to the iPad mini is the addition of Retina display.
Apple has defined this feature in the past as a screen display on which the number of pixels is so great the human eye can no longer perceive them individually.
In this case, Apple says that’s equal to 3.1 million pixels with a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch.
While the display has been available on other iPads, this is the first time it will be offered on a 7.9-inch Apple tablet display.
Both the iPad mini and the iPad Air, the fifth generation of the iconic iPad, also feature the Apple designed A7 processing chip. The company says this too will make them much more powerful devices.
For budget conscious business users who aren’t concerned about the smaller screen, the device will be available starting at $399 for the 16GB with Wi-Fi connection.
Though additional cellular connection and greater storage capacity are available for a bit more money.