The iPad mini is just about identical to the iPad mini 3, except a bit thinner and lighter. It measures 8 by 5.3 by 0.24 inches (HWD) to the iPad mini 3’s 8 by 5.3 by 0.29 inches. And the new mini 4 weighs just 10.4 ounces compared with the mini 3’s 11.7 ounces, making it even more comfortable to hold on your daily commute.Available in gold, silver, or space gray.One key difference is that the screen is now laminated, so the air gap between the display and the glass has been removed, like the iPad Air , which greatly decreases glare.The iPad mini 4 is a much better experience than with its siblings, though it’s still not as good as an E Ink display for reading a book especially outdoors. The iPad mini 4 includes TouchID and Apple SIM. Touch ID is Apple’s fast and accurate fingerprint sensor that lets you log in quickly and make payments securely without passwords. Apple SIM lets you use one SIM card regardless of the carrier you use for cellular data a boon for frequent travelers abroad. The power button is still in the same location, as are the up-and-down volume controls – but this time around, Apple has chosen to slightly recess the volume buttons and entirely do away with the side switch that used to perform double-duty as screen rotation lock and system mute. Both functions are now accessible as software features that are accessed via the pop-up control center.
One of the most visibly notable improvements of the iPad mini 4 is the vividness of its Retina display. When you line up the official display specs, it all reads like a carbon copy of the first-gen: 7.9-inch diagonal LED-backlit display; 2048 x 1536 resolution at 326 pixels per inch (ppi); fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating. The ipad mini 4 is also the first mini to include a fully laminated display, which eliminates on the amount of space between the display and the cover glass. That, in addition to antireflective coating, produce images and text that are much more sharply focused and are closer in quality to that of the iPad Air 2.
The A8 processor in the Mini 4 seems like a slightly faster version of what can be found in the iPhone 6and 6 Plus, or the recently-revamped iPod Touch.The iPad Mini 4 does have more RAM (2GB), but the A8 chip inside is essentially year-old technology. That might be why some games which still feel silky-smooth on the iPad Air 2, such as Geometry Wars 3, looked less impressively rendered on the Mini 4.The A8X chip on the year-old Air 2 is still faster, and better. The iPad Mini 4 is also good but not spectacular when it comes to battery life.There’s also double the memory for processing games, which is also great for video and image editing.One of the advantages that Apple has is that it makes both the hardware and software, so iOS 9 is beautifully optimised to run on the iPad Mini 4. Every transition and animation is handled smoothly and there’s no sense of slow-down or jerkiness, which still creeps into Android products, even if they have faster processors on paper.The first change I noticed going from the Air 2 to the Mini 4 is the removal of the blur effect in the multitasking app switcher. You can see above how this looks on the Air 2 and how the Mini 4 changes it. Essentially Apple has removed the blur effect, and so the menu looks like how the OS generally looks with the reduce transparency option on. As far as the rest of the OS goes, you’re really getting the same iOS 9 experience as all of the other iOS devices.
There’s no insult too great for them. Really, there’s only one time when an iPad picture moment makes sense.The mini 4’s rear-facing snapper now has 8MP, instead of the mini 2’s 5MP, while retaining the same f/2.4 aperture.If you’ve ever found it difficult to check if your photos are sharp on your iPhone, the mini 4’s bigger screen will keep you from developing squinty wrinkles. Photos are so much easier to scrutinise on its bigger screen.It’s a shame that Apple hasn’t bothered to upgrade the mini’s front-facing 1.2MP camera since I prefer to use an iPad for video calls.
Considering that extensive battery life is the norm for iPads, it’s not surprising that the iPad mini 4 doesn’t come with even greater longevity – it’s also not a deal-killer, as you’d be hard pressed to find a tablet device that lasts quite as long on a single charge. According to Apple, the iPad mini 4 is rated for up to 10 hours of web browsing, video and music when dialed into Wi-Fi. Battery life is a bit lower on a cellular data network, but you still get a maximum of 9 hours before having to recharge.
The iPad mini 4 is faster, slimmer and more accomplished than its iPad mini 3 predecessor. This time around the mini succeeds in finding is place, despite not being as altogether powerful as the iPad Air 2.For most that doesn’t mean the mini is a compromise; this is as much iPad as many will need. It’s a lovely, compact tablet with anti-reflective screen coating that makes it good for watching movies, playing games, and reading or writing on the go.