When Apple introduced the iPad mini with a Retina display, the company continued selling the original iPad mini with a 7.9 inch, 1024 x 768 pixel display for a lower price. And when the iPad mini 3 was introduced, the original iPad mini continued to stick around.
The original iPad mini was launched in late 2013, and features an Apple A5 dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, up to 64GB of storage, and a display with 163 pixels per inch.
Newer models feature 2048 x 1536 pixel displays with 326 pixels per inch and faster Apple A7 processors. But when Apple unveiled iOS 9 recently, the company noted that it’d be able to run on every iPad mini, including the first-generation model.
Still, by phasing out the original iPad mini, Apple is now exclusively offering iOS devices with high-resolution “Retina” displays.