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iPad mini with Retina Display Now Needs 12W USB Power Adapter

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Well, I guess this speaks to the battery life of the new iPad mini with Retina Display. After picking up the device yesterday and doing some quick testing that resumed after an evening out, and again this morning, I never even bothered to open up the full packaging of the device. I had been using the iPad mini with Retina Display on battery the entire time. After setting down to lunch though I thought I’d give it a charge while I was eating so I unpacked the rest of the box.

I wasn’t aware of this, but the iPad mini with Retina Display now uses the Apple 12W USB Power Adapter instead of the previous 5W Adapter that shipped with the original iPad mini. That’s related obviously to the fact that you are now charging a larger battery in the iPad mini with Retina Display which is needed to push all of those pixels across the new Retina display.

iPad mini with Retina Display now uses 12W Power Adapter

iPad mini with Retina Display now uses 12W Power Adapter

So, your collection of charging wall warts will get a little bit bigger if you purchase a new iPad mini with Retina Display. Check out the iPad mini with Retina Display and iPad mini full comparison here.

 

Warner Crocker is a professional theatre director, producer and playwright and also a Tablet PC enthusiast. He is also a Microsoft MVP for Tablet PCs. Send email to Warner. You can follow him on Twitter or Google+

4 Comments

  1. gregr209

    11/14/2013 at 12:55 pm

    I picked up my Retina iPad Mini last night and it came with a 10W adapter. The iPad Air came with the 12W adapter.

    • AdamT

      11/14/2013 at 5:19 pm

      Yeah it comes with a 10W wall adapter. If you look on the apple website it says in the “what’s in the box” that it’s a 10W.

  2. Sean

    11/15/2013 at 2:03 am

    Ipad mini 32 gb none LTE came wih 10w.

    • Sean

      11/15/2013 at 2:07 am

      * retina iPad mini 32gb. none LTE came with 10w charger.

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