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Apple iPad mini 4 Tablet is Faster, Thinner & Lighter

Apple iPad mini 4

Apple quietly released the iPad mini 4, which replaces the iPad mini 3 from last year. The new 4th generation tablet keeps the same 7.9-inch screen size, retina display resolution, and price points. Upgrades include a faster A8 chip with M8 coprocessor, Bluetooth 4.2, speedier Wi-Fi, and a better (8-megapixel) camera with some extra photo features — slo-mo video and burst mode. Touch ID is also included.

Apple iPad mini 4 gold

Apple iPad mini 4 is even thinner and lighter than the previous models at just 6.1mm thin compared to 7.5mm, that’s almost 19% thinner. Oddly the mini 4 is also 3.2mm taller (1.6%), while width is essentially the same with 0.1 mm difference. Lastly, the new mini sheds a few grams and comes in about 10% lighter.

Apple iPad mini 4 colors

Given the size differences, it is likely most iPad mini 2 & 3 cases will not fit the mini 4. It is expected a steady stream of new mini 4 cases will hit the market soon, but in the meantime Apple already has a Smart Cover for $39 or a silicon case for $59, each in 10 different colors.

Apple also announced a $30 price-cut for iPad mini 2, and has dropped iPad mini 3 from their product line-up for 2015. That makes the iPad mini 2 a compelling choice, and the cheapest Apple iPad ever starting at $269.

Apple iPad mini 4 controlsPrice and Availability
The iPad mini 4 is now available in space gray, silver, or gold colors in the follow configurations:

  • 16GB $399 (Wi-Fi) or $529 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
  • 64GB $499 (Wi-Fi) or $629 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
  • 128GB $599 (Wi-Fi) or $729 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)

iPad mini 2 new pricing for 2015:

  • 16GB $269 (Wi-Fi) or $399 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
  • 32GB $319 (Wi-Fi) or $449 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)

Specifications & Comparison

iPad mini 4 iPad mini 2
Wi-Fi:
16GB $399
64GB $499
128GB $599
Wi-Fi:
16GB $269
32GB $319
Wi-Fi + Cellular:
16GB $529
64GB $629
128GB $729
Wi-Fi + Cellular:
16GB $399
32GB $449
Height
8 inches (203.2 mm)
Height
7.87 inches (200 mm)
Width
5.3 inches (134.8 mm)
Width
5.3 inches (134.7 mm)
Depth
0.24 inches (6.1 mm)
Depth
0.29 inch (7.5 mm)
Weight (Wi-Fi)
0.65 pound (298.8 grams)
Weight (Wi-Fi)
0.73 pound (331 grams)
Weight (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
0.67 pound (304 grams)
Weight (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
0.75 pound (341 grams)
7.9‑inch (diagonal) LED‑backlit Multi‑Touch Retina display 7.9‑inch (diagonal) LED‑backlit Multi‑Touch Retina display
2048×1536 resolution at 326 pixels per inch (ppi) 2048×1536 resolution at 326 pixels per inch (ppi)
Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
Fully laminated display
Antireflective coating
A8 second-generation chip with 64-bit architecture
Compared to A7:
CPU: 1.3x faster
Graphics: 1.6x faster
A7 chip with 64-bit architecture
M8 motion coprocessor M7 motion coprocessor
FaceTime HD Camera (Front) FaceTime HD Camera (Front)
1.2MP photos 1.2MP photos
720p HD video 720p HD video
FaceTime video calling over Wi‑Fi or cellular FaceTime video calling over Wi‑Fi or cellular
Face detection Face detection
Backside illumination Backside illumination
Burst mode
iSight Camera (Rear) iSight Camera (Rear)
8MP photos 5MP photos
Autofocus Autofocus
Face detection Face detection
Backside illumination Backside illumination
Five‑element lens Five‑element lens
Hybrid IR filter Hybrid IR filter
ƒ/2.4 aperture ƒ/2.4 aperture
HDR photos HDR photos
Panorama Panorama
Burst mode
Video Recording Video Recording
1080p HD video recording 1080p HD video recording
Tap to focus while recording Tap to focus while recording
Video stabilization Video stabilization
Face detection Face detection
Backside illumination Backside illumination
3x video zoom 3x video zoom
Time-lapse video with stabilization Time-lapse video
Slo-mo video
Touch ID
Fingerprint identity sensor built into the Home button
Pay with your iPad using Touch ID within apps
Receive and redeem rewards using rewards cards
Wi‑Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac); dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) Wi‑Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz)
MIMO MIMO
Bluetooth 4.2 technology Bluetooth 4.0 technology
Wi-Fi + Cellular Wi-Fi + Cellular
GSM/EDGE GSM/EDGE
CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B
UMTS/HSPA/ HSPA+/DC‑HSDPA UMTS/HSPA/ HSPA+/DC‑HSDPA
LTE LTE
Data only Data only
Nano-SIM
(supports Apple SIM)
Nano-SIM
Lightning Lightning
10 hour battery life 10 hour battery life
Three-axis gyro Three-axis gyro
Accelerometer Accelerometer
Ambient light sensor Ambient light sensor
Barometer

Apple iPad mini 4 silver

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