The iPad Mini 4 wasn't updated, but its price-to-storage ratio changed drastically


Today, Apple quietly updated a couple of its major products — the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus received a brand-new, sexy Red finish, and the iPad Air 2 was refreshed, now simply called iPad 9.7. What about the iPad mini line?

At first look, you might say it got no love, but try to order a new iPad mini 4 and you are in for a pleasant surprise. The small tablet is now available in just one storage variant — 128 GB, but to make up for that lack of variety, Apple has brought its price down to $399 for the Wi-Fi variant. An LTE model will cost you $529.

Last year, when the iPhone 7 launched, Apple updated the storage tiers of all its existing products — the iPhone 6s, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 4. When that happened, we ended up with 2 tiers for the mini — $399 for a 32 GB model and $499 for the 128 GB option. Back when the small tablet launched, a year and a half ago, its tiers looked like this — $399 for a 16 GB model, $499 for a 64 GB one, and a whopping $599 for the 128 GB storage.

Not a bad deal — the mini 4 rocks an Apple A8 chip and 2 GB of RAM. Basically, it's as powerful as an iPhone 6, but has more RAM and, of course, a longer battery life. Be aware that, in case you are planning on buying a new iPad mini 4, a lot of shops and users that sell second-hand will probably lag behind with adjusting the prices for their stock. It might get easy to be misled into a worse deal.

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iPad mini 4
  • Display 7.9" 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 5124 mAh

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11 Comments

1. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

More of the same. I don't understand why Apple charges $130 just for LTE, when the modems costs them less than $30 each. That is a huge lockup. That's why they have insane profits and no overhead. Charge 10 times what it costed you and you don't even make it yourself. This is why iPad sales are drastically falling year over year. They fell double figures from this time last year. All ARM based tablets need to die, until they can and will run Windows. Most of these tablets are just oversize smartphones. They offer in many cases no distinct feature from the phone. $200B and this is the best you can do with a product that is now 7 years running?

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

as long as people are dumb enough to continue paying these prices for such old and inexpensive tech, then they will continue to charge. The fact that they technically "brought down" prices shows that the market is not doing well for them. It's really hard to justify $400+ on an apple tablet, when you can pick up a much more capable android tablet for half that. Even more so when phone screens are now knocking 6 inches and more thanks to reduced bezels.

3. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"It's really hard to justify $400+ on an apple tablet, when you can pick up a much more capable android tablet for half that." Lmao! Did you just say "Android tablet" and "capable" in the same sentence? Android tablets are literally worthless. They have no tablet focused apps. They get very little software support. And the radios inside are usually utter garbage. Don't spread bulls**t bro....

4. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

That's the only type of harsh comments I can agree on. Because it's true in all senses.

7. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1584; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I honestly find Android tablets more useful than Apples iPad, and I view windows 10 as being far above both. I personally can't stand iOS, I think it's garbage and absolutely hate the layout and way it work. It feels backwards from a PC, and Android has always felt much more PC to me . One thing I always liked about Android was being able to connect a hard drive, and it's far easier to share files with other devices. When I got my Tab S2, the display was superior to an Air 2. When I got my Note 10,1 years ago, Apple had nothing that could compete for creating artwork. But I will never deny Apple has more tablet focused apps. I just find Android as an OS far more capable and better than iOS.

6. mikehunta727 unregistered

There is no Android tablet that is better then iPad. Coming from a user who has used many different Android tablets from all different OEM'S, iPad is the best ARM tablet still on the market even if sales are declining period. It is still also the best selling ARM tablet also so there's that..

9. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Think people keep tablets longer anyways. Keep hearing about the Surface but the bad reviews on Amazon scared me. I have a desktop anyways when I need to do more.

5. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

More Apple junk......only ifans buy these!

8. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Hmmm? Kinda want a mini. Maybe one with LTE.

10. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

You definitely should, I got a 64 GB one at Best Buy for $400 last year around this time and I love it.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31598; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sweet, but I can't do the mini anymore. It's the best small tablet on the market though.

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