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iPad Mini 4 vs. iPad Mini 3 vs. iPad Mini 2 – Three Generations, Compared

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Apple has released a new iPad Mini, but the fourth generation isn’t very different from its predecessor. It shares the same screen size and design, but the processor has been upgraded, to offer a better performance. Below, you’ll find a comparison between the iPad Mini 4, Mini 3 and Mini 2, and you’ll see the differences between them.

Design and Displays

The iPad Mini 2 and 3 are identical on the outside, featuring an aluminum chassis and the buttons are positioned in the same place. The iPad Mini 4 is slightly different, meaning that it’s 22 percent thinner (6.1mm compared to 7.5mm) and 10 percent lighter (298.8 / 304g compared to 341/331g). The new tablet looks more like the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Pro, but it didn’t receive a Gold Rose version.

The display hasn’t been upgraded in the past years, having a size of 7.9-inch and supporting the same resolution of 2048 pixels by 1536 pixels, with 326 ppi. However, the Retina display is fully laminated, besides benefiting from an oleophobic coating. This means that Apple has combined the three screen layers (cover glass, touch sensor and LCD) with optical bonding and there are no more gaps, resulting in a big improvement in terms of black levels, color accuracy and brightness.

Unfortunately, the 3D Touch technology isn’t available for this iPad model yet.

Performance

The iPad Mini 3 and Mini 2 are powered by a 64bit A7 processor, which is backed by a M7 motion coprocessor and 1GB of RAM, while the Mini 4 has double RAM and an A8 chip with a M8 coprocessor, which were introduced on the iPhone 6. This processor is 1.3 times faster than the A7, and the GPU is also 1.6 times faster.

Cameras

Both the iPad Mini 3 and Mini 2 came with a 5MP iSight rear camera with an aperture of ƒ/2.4 and 1080p video, while the front camera had a resolution of 1.2MP and recorded 720p videos.

The iPad Mini 4 received a better iSight rear camera of 8MP with HDR, but it has the same aperture and video recording capabilities. The novelty is the slow motion video capture, which was introduced along with the iPhone 5S, and there is a new feature called burst mode shooting.

Batteries

The iPad Mini 3 and 2 came with a bigger battery of 6470 mAh, whose capacity has been reduced to 5,124mAh because of the thinner body.