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iPad Mini 2 A1490
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Apple iPad mini 2 (Retina/2nd Gen, Wi-Fi/Cellular) 16, 32, 64, 128 GB Specs
Identifers: iPad mini Retina (Wi-Fi + Cellular) – MF066LL/A* – A1490 – 2696* – iPad4,5

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Apple iPad mini (Retina, 2nd Gen)The iPad mini 2 models — originally the “iPad mini with Retina Display” models or iPad mini 2nd Gen models (and formally renamed iPad mini 2 on October 16, 2014) — use practically identical housings as the original iPad mini, but have a much higher resolution “Retina” display, as well as a faster processor, faster Wi-Fi, and expanded LTE connectivity (on LTE capable models).

All iPad mini (2nd Gen) devices — including this Wi-Fi and cellular capable model (A1490) — are packed in thin white and silver or black and medium colored gunmetal “Space Gray” cases and feature a 7.9″ 2048×1536 (326 ppi) LED-backlit IPS touch-sensitive display, a dual core 1.3 GHz Apple A7 processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, or 128 GB of flash memory storage (64 GB and 128 GB options discontinued October 16, 2014, 16 GB option discontinued September 7, 2016).

Other notable features include dual cameras — a rear-mounted 5 megapixel “iSight” camera capable of shooting stills and 1080p video and a front-mounted 1.2 megapixel “FaceTime HD” camera capable of shooting stills and 720p video, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi with MIMO capability and Bluetooth 4.0, as well as dual microphones and speakers. Connectivity to computers, if desired, and power is provided by the Lightning port.

The battery life of this iPad mini 2nd Gen model is reportedly 10 hours “surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music.” or nine hours of surfing the web using cellular data capabilities.

This Wi-Fi/Cellular iPad mini 2nd Gen (A1490) has support for A-GPS, GSM/EDGE, UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA, CDMA EV-DO, and perhaps most importantly LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, and 26. In the US, this single device is designed to run on the AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon networks.

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Introduction Date: October 22, 2013* Discontinued Date: March 21, 2017*
Processors: 1 (2 Cores) Geekbench 2 (32): 2274
Geekbench 3 (32): 1033 Geekbench 3 (32): 1841
Geekbench 3 (64): 1385 Geekbench 3 (64): 2496
Geekbench 4 (SC): 1247 Geekbench 4 (MC): 2113
Geekbench 4 (Metal): 568 Geekbench 4 (Batt): 2313
Processor Speed: 1.3 GHz* Processor Type: Apple A7
Onboard RAM: 1 GB* Storage Capacity: 16, 32, 64, 128 GB
Details: *Apple releases no official information regarding the amount of onboard RAM although software and hardware analysis has determined it has 1 GB of RAM.

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USB Support: Sync & Charge (Lightning) Firewire Support: None
Connectivity: USB Ports: Lightning, Headphone
Case Type: Tablet/Slate Form Factor: iPad mini (2nd Gen)
Housing Color: Black or White* Controller: Multi-touch
Built-in Display: 7.9″ Color* Display Resolution: 2048×1536 (326 ppi)
Details: *The iPad mini (2nd Gen) models have a 7.9″ IPS LED-backlit 2048 by 1536 display (326 ppi) with an “oleophobic” (oil repellent) coating. They also provide video mirroring and video out support up to 1080p using the “Lightning Digital AV Adapter” and the “Lightning to VGA Adapter.”

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Standard Wireless: 802.11a/b/g/n (MIMO)* Standard Bluetooth: 4.0
Details: *All iPad mini (2nd Gen) configurations support 802.11a/b/g/n on both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies (dual band) as well as MIMO.
Cell Network: GSM/CDMA/LTE* Camera: 5 Megapixels**
Battery Type: Lithium Polymer (23.8 Whr) Battery Life (Music): 9-10 Hours*
Details: *Apple estimates that this iPad mini (2nd Gen) provides “up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music” and 9 hours “surfing the web using [a] cellular data network.”

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Battery Life (Voice): N/A Standby Time: N/A
Apple Order No: MF066LL/A* Apple Subfamily: iPad mini Retina (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
Details: *MF066LL/A refers to the 16 GB AT&T configuration in black and “Space Gray.” The 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB configurations, also on AT&T in black and gray, are MF080LL/A, MF086LL/A, and MF116LL/A, respectively. The 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB configurations on AT&T in white and silver are MF074LL/A, MF083LL/A, MF089LL/A, and MF120LL/A, respectively.

In black and gray on Sprint, the 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB configurations are MF070LL/A, MF082LL/A, MF088LL/A, and MF118LL/A, respectively. In white and silver, also on Sprint, the 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB configurations are MF076LL/A, MF085LL/A, MF091LL/A, and MF123LL/A, respectively.

In black and gray on T-Mobile, the 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB configurations are MF519LL/A, MF552LL/A, MF575LL/A, and MF585LL/A, respectively. In white and silver on T-Mobile, the 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB configurations are MF544LL/A, MF569LL/A, MF580LL/A, and MF594LL/A, respectively.

Finally, in black and gray on Verizon, the 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB configurations are MF069LL/A, MF081LL/A, MF087LL/A, and MF117LL/A, respectively. In white and silver on Verizon, the 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB configurations are MF075LL/A, MF084LL/A, MF090LL/A, MF121LL/A, respectively.
Apple Model No: A1490 (EMC 2696*) Model ID: iPad4,5
Details: The Model Number (external) is unique to this model.

*Please note that the EMC number is not externally listed on this model.

Also see: All iPhones with the A1490 Model Number, the 2696* EMC Number, and the iPad4,5 Model Identifier.
Pre-Installed OS: iOS 7.0.3 Maximum OS: iOS 12.x*
Details: *With the exception of a couple of minor photography features, this model is fully supported by the last version of iOS 7. It is fully supported by iOS 8 with the notable exception of “Health” functionality. It is supported by iOS 9, but lacks support for the “Split View” interface feature. It is supported by iOS 10, although it does not support the Raise to Wake or Ride-Booking features. It is supported by the current version of iOS 11, but it does not support person-to-person payments or Apple Pay Cash nor does it support the minor “Appointment confirmation” feature. It is supported by the last version of iOS 12, as well, with the exception of the Memoji, Camera Effects, ARKit 2, and Siri Suggestions features. It is not supported by iOS 13 or subsequent versions of the iOS.

Also see: Which iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad models support iOS 12? Do some models “partially” support iOS 12? Which ones?
Dimensions: 7.87 x 5.3 x 0.29 Avg. Weight: 0.75 lbs. (341 g)
Mac Support: Mac OS X 10.6.8 Windows Support: Windows XP SP2/Vista/7/8
Audio Support: Apple reports that the iPad mini 2nd Gen models support “AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV.”
Photo Support: N/A
Video Support: Apple reports that the iPad mini 2nd Gen models support “H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format.”
Incl. Accessories: The iPad mini 2nd Gen models also include a Lightning to USB cable and USB power adapter.

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Original Price: US$529-US$829* Est. Current Retail: US$175-US$250
Details: *Originally, there were four different price points for this model based on capacity. Regardless of color, 16 GB was US$529, 32 GB was US$629, 64 GB was US$729, and 128 GB was US$829. The 16 GB and 32 GB configurations had the price cut to US$429 and US$479 on October 16, 2014 and again to US$399 and US$449 on September 9, 2015. On September 7, 2016, Apple discontinued the 16 GB configuration entirely and lowered the price of the 32 GB configuration to US$399. This model was discontinued altogether on March 21, 2017.

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