iPad mini 2 release date and rumours

When is the second-generation iPad mini coming out?

Apple's iPad mini has launched at last, but that hasn't stopped the web from buzzing about a second-generation version of the 7.9in tablet that is expected to arrive in 2013. Here, we'll bring you everything we know about Apple's next iPad mini, including the release date, spec rumours and leaked photographs.

We will continue to update this story as we find out more about Apple's iPad mini 2.

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iPad mini 2 release date

The iPad mini was unveiled by Apple in October and hit the shelves on 2 November. It's expected that a second version of the new tiny tablet will be released in 2013, with some estimating a March/April release, and others predicting an October release to start an annual upgrade schedule.

iPad mini 2 rumours

Within days of the iPad mini's launch date, sources from the supply chain in China said that iPad mini display maker AUO is working on a 2,048 by 1,536 pixel resolution display for a future iPad mini, bringing the pixel density up to Retina standard, and above that of the iPad 4.

Whether or not this source is accurate, it is widely expected that Apple will introduce a Retina display iPad mini in the near future. The first iPad mini has received rave reviews, but the downfall mentioned in by most experts is the device's 1024 by 768 pixel non-Retina display.

The full size iPad has had a Retina display for the two most recent generations, the iPhone has a Retina display, and Apple has even introduced new MacBook Pros with Retina display, so a resolution boost is the natural progression for the iPad mini.

How much will the iPad mini 2 cost?

The iPad mini is currently priced starting at £269. A Retina display could add to the cost of the tablet, which is already higher than many 7in competitors such as the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and the Google Nexus 7.

It's possible that Apple will introduce a more expensive Retina iPad mini while keeping the cheaper, non-Retina mini on sale alongside it for those that prefer to save money rather than invest in a better display.

iPad mini 2 leaked images

There are no leaked images or mockups of the second-generation iPad mini just yet, but we will share them with you here as soon as we see some.

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