Surprise! iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display hits shelves today

Apple's pixel-packed miniature slate bursts onto the tablet scene like a silent ninja

Well that took us all by surprise. 

Apple has released the iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display to the masses a little earlier than its previously vague 'late November' release date suggested.

Both Wi-Fi and Cellular models are available to order online in silver or space grey, starting from £320 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version.

While the iPad Mini 2 retains the same form factor as its predecessor, its insides have been souped up with the same 64-bit A7 and M7 coprocessor combo as its iPhone 5s and iPad Air brothers, along with, of course, that 7.9in pixel-saturated 2048x1536 display.

If you fancy tempting your wallet with the iPad Mini 2 then head on over to the Apple store now to give yourself an early Christmas present.

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