The iPad 2 is two-and-a-half years old. In tech terms it’s not just dated, it’s carbon dated. And yet the state of the iOS art for spring 2011 is powering the iOS device I use (and love) the most: The iPad mini.
With Apple widely expected to be launching a new iPad mini (and a lot more!) on Tuesday, it’s worth revisiting what makes the iPad mini such a compelling product.
It’s not a Retina display—the iPad mini is still styling the original iPad pixel count of 1024 x 768, albeit compacted down to a slightly denser 163 pixels per inch due to the mini’s smaller screen.
It’s not the speed of the device. Powered by the A5 processor, the iPad mini is technology that’s two generations older than the current-model iPad. Even pushing one quarter of the pixels of the fourth-generation iPad, it lags behind in frame rates. It runs iOS 7—barely.