The iPad Mini 4 has been finally unveiled, but it didn’t come with many changes and it didn’t had a huge impact. Even so, there are many Apple fans who are willing to spend 399 dollars on the new tablet with 16GB of storage and WiFi only, or 529 dollars on the variant with WiFi + cellular. Let’s see the list of improvements that have been made to the iPad Mini 4.
Apple hasn’t brought a Rose Gold version of the iPad Mini 4, as this “treatment” was applied only to the new iPhones. However, compared to the previous tablet, the iPad Mini 4 is much slimmer – 6.1mm, after “losing” 0.5mm in thickness, but it’s taller – 203.2mm compared to 200mm and 0.1mm wider, measuring 134.8mm. The iPad Mini 4 is also lighter, no matter if we’re talking about the WiFi version (299 grams, reduced from 331 grams) or the 3G/LTE versions (304 grams, reduced from 341 grams).
The front side of the tablet hasn’t suffered any changes and the home button is still found under the screen, hiding the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
The successor came with the same 7.9-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD display, which supports a resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels at 324 ppi. It’s interesting that the iPad Mini 4 doesn’t have support for 3D Touch technology, likewise the iPhone 6S/6S Plus.
The Apple A7 chipset which contains a Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone processor and a M7 co-processor has been upgraded to Apple A8, while the processor is now clocked at 1.5GHz, being slightly faster than the processor of the iPhone 6. Compared to the iPad Mini 3, the successor is 30 percent faster and offers 60 percent better graphics, although the RAM capacity was kept at 1GB. Even the three variants of internal storage are identical, offering capacities of 16/64/128 GB.
The good news is that the rear camera has been upgraded from 5MP to 8MP, but the front camera still has a resolution of 1.2MP.
The iPad Mini 4 comes with faster LTE support and better 802.11ac WiFi.
Apple has released Smart Covers and Silicone Cases for the iPad mini 4 and there are ten colors options, including Stone, Turquoise and Lavendar.