The iPad mini 4 revealed... in "astonishing" 30 second announcement

The iPad mini 4 revealed... in
Anyone still up for a size "M" tablet? Great, because Apple just treated the 7.9in iPad mini... to the same thing it did a year ago. Basically, a 30-second announcement that mentioned the price ($399 for the base model), that the tablet has "all the power of an iPad Air 2" (which is only partly true, as the tab is running the iPhone 6's A8 chip, not the iPad Air 2's A8X) is running for another year of service), and pretty much nothing else. Thankfully, we got to know the iPad mini 4 more deeply, and frankly, we felt Apple did a great job underselling its the tablet. Here's what Tim, Phil, and Ed couldn't bother telling you for some reason!

Design


The iPad mini 4 is just 6.1mm (0.24in) thin. This is downright skinny, and it's also a huge slimming down from the iPad mini 3's 7.5mm (0.29in) thickness. Moreover, the iPad mini 4 weighs just 0.65 pounds, a bit less than the iPad mini 3, which "tipped" the scales at 0.73 pounds.

The iPad mini 4 revealed... in "astonishing" 30 second announcement

Display


The iPad mini 4 is also treated to a zero-gap screen, in which the sensor, LCD, and display are combined into one and covered by glass. This makes for a better-looking tablet, improved picture quality and better touchscreen response. Speaking of the display, it stays at the comfortable 2048x1536, delivering a sharp (but not exceedingly) pixel density of 324ppi.

The iPad mini 4 revealed... in "astonishing" 30 second announcement

Performance


Performance-wise, the iPad mini 4 is up to 30% faster in processing and up to 60% faster in graphics rendering tasks compared to the previous-gen iPad. This is due to the A8 chipset running the mains here. The A7 did a pretty good job powering the second and third-generation iPad mini, but it tended to drop a frame or two in heavy games due to having to handle the high screen resolution.

The iPad mini 4 revealed... in "astonishing" 30 second announcement

Cameras


The iPad mini 4 is equipped with an 8-megapixel rear camera that captures images in 3264x2448 native resolution, along with 1080p HD video. Thanks to the A8 chip's built-in image signal processor, you'll be able to enjoy improved face detection and better noise reduction. Basically, if you liked photos from the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, you'll be golden with the iPad mini 4! The front cam, though, stays at 1.2MP.

The iPad mini 4 revealed... in "astonishing" 30 second announcement

Battery


Finally, Apple promises 10 hours of on screen use out of the iPad mini 4's battery. That's generous, but considering how efficient its chipsets can be, we're not having any huge doubts here.

Price and release date


Starting at $399 for the 16GB version, the iPad mini 4 will also be available in the usual 64GB ($499) and 128GB ($599) variants. Colors remain the same - silver, gray, and gold. For better or worse, rose gold isn't on the menu.

Pre-orders for the iPad mini 4 begin September 11, and shipping will start September 25. Meanwhile, the iPad mini 2 with Retina display has been further discounted to $269. The iPad Air 2 has been left untouched, for now.
 

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29 Comments

1. SonyOwner unregistered

Another flop product. Okay next

23. AnTuTu

Posts: 1580; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

It may not be a flop because Sheep will consume whatever their Apple lord throws at them.

24. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Still less of a flop than 100% of android tablets.

30. ericnichols1999

Posts: 53; Member since: Apr 21, 2014

Kindle Fire, Nexus 7?

2. cezarmed2

Posts: 71; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

They sell the same thing over and over again and they are crowned with succes, why? stupid people buy

3. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

eww so no upgrade of the Ipad mini? jesus lawd I wanted an iPad but if the mini 4 is like the mini 3 which is like the mini 2 then gtfo

29. stanislav

Posts: 136; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

A8 and some other stufs, its upgrade tho

4. JnCrls unregistered

Really?

5. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

So it is the same thing. Right? LOL. LOL. LOL. LOL. *barely breathing*

6. Denco

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Junk all the way. Rotten Apple.

7. JnCrls unregistered

That's all they can do in one year.

8. EC112987

Posts: 1211; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

It's a mini ipad air 2 so they did upgrade the mini 3 but it's nothing crazy

11. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Still should be better than the A9.

12. EC112987

Posts: 1211; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Hope so

19. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

It should. A8X is TRI core and meant for 2k resolutions and to redline. The A9 is meant for an 1850 mah battery or smaller and super low res display and should be only dual core.

21. EC112987

Posts: 1211; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

You know your stuff thanks. I need a new iPad so maybe I'll pick one up

22. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Yep me too. If this has same specs like iPad Air 2 I will get this.

9. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Didn't they say all the power of the ipad air2 but smaller.? It's just an ipad mini with an A8x. Which makes sense since the A8x is probably better than the A9.

10. EC112987

Posts: 1211; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Exactly so it's an upgrade from the ipad mini 3

18. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

This is what the iPad Mini 3 was supposed to be, it came out at the same time as the Air 2

13. kajam

Posts: 220; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

Where is the iFan everyone here is iHater

27. MedLEB unregistered

PA readers are not iHaters, they are criticizing the product and its price despite the lack of iPencil on many iPads.

14. French_Toast

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

30 seconds is too long for something that is nothing new

15. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Lol Phil Shiller's face showed it. Like a kid trying to escape from teacher for not doing the homework.

16. haneef4u

Posts: 40; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

I didn't see anything "astonishing"...

20. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3058; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

What, no $100 pencil for the Mini? Another reason to keep my Note 8.0 and wait until the Microsoft tablets ditch N-Trig.

25. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Pretty dumb that they didn't do an Ipad Air 3, and thus no price drop for the Ipad Air 2 or 1. Also where is the Mini 3? What price would that be at (since it is safe to assume some retailers still have them)? Is that going to be 299$ until they sell them out or what? A $399 Mini 4 is definitely a better tablet than a $399 Tab S2, what a disappointment that was.

28. namanjain

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

It has an A8 chip not A8x. Just see the specs on the apple's website.

31. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

I already have an iPad Air 2 but Apple lied right on stage about it having the same internals as the Air 2. And now the question begs does it even have 2GB of ram?

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