iPad Mini 4 Launched Without Smoking Guns – Features and Improvements
We were expecting much fanfare, fireworks in the sky and a lot hysteria about the launch of the iPad Mini 4, but Apple focused more on the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, while the tablet was less important, because at the event which took place on September 9, we heard only a few things about it.
Apple’s strategy is to keep the sizes of its devices, but to upgrade the hardware, to offer a better user experience and performance. The American Tech Giant discontinued the iPad Mini 3, replacing it with the iPad Mini 4, which comes with the same price of $399 for the WiFi model and $529 for the 4G model.
The design of the new tablet is similar to what we’ve seen in the past, so there’s no need to remind you that the device is build of an anodized aluminum material. However, its dimensions have been changed, so the device is taller, slimmer and lighter. It measures 203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1 mm and the WiFi model weights 299 grams, with 5 grams more than the 3G/LTE model. The previous iPad Mini 3 was 7.5mm thick and the two variants weighted 331 grams and 341 grams respectively.
Also, on the front panel, below the screen, you’ll find the circular home screen button with fingerprint sensor integrated into it. As for the screen, it has the same size of 7.9-inch and it supports 1536 x 2048 pixels at 324ppi.
Apple upgraded the chipset, replacing it with an A8 (Dual-core 1.5 GHz, backed by 2GB of RAM), while the internal memory has the same variants of 16/64/128 GB, which can’t be expanded.
We noticed a slight upgrade in the camera department, as the main shooter supports now 8MP, but it still lacks LED flash. Unfortunately, the rear camera hasn’t received any upgrades, which means that its resolution is still 1.2MP.
If these specs disappointed you so far, we have good news for you: Bluetooth has been upgraded to version 4.2 and the tablet runs on the freshly released iOS 9.