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.
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.