When Apple releases a new iPad, it’s a pretty big deal.
Not only does the iPad underpin many of Apple’s other efforts, but also it shows what kinds of things might be coming down the road if you read the tea leaves correctly.
But that doesn’t matter to someone who wants to know all about the latest iPad Mini 4. You want to know specs, pricing, capabilities, and whether it’s all worth it or not.
In this article, we’ll try to give you an answer to that question – as well as an in depth analysis of just what makes the Apple iPad Mini 4 great.
For starters, the smaller iPads tend to get less love it seems from Apple. The last version, the iPad Mini 3, didn’t really do much, leading to expectations that the iPad Mini 4 wouldn’t be much of an upgrade either.
Probably the biggest single advantage that the iPad Mini 4 has over its other iPad siblings is that it comes in convenient, portable size. The iPad Pro could be too bulky for most consumers, while the iPad might be a little too large as well. For maximum on-the-go ease, the iPad Mini 4 is the best option.
The starting price of $399 is not cheap, but you probably didn’t expect that in an Apple product. That gets you the 128GB hard drive, wi-fi option. Prices naturally go up from there depending on the size of the hard drive and whether or not the device has cellular capabilities.
In terms of technical specs, the iPad Mini 4 is one powerful bit of kit.
Powered by an Apple A8 processor joined by a M8 motion coprocessor with 2GB RAM, you’re going to be doing a lot of stuff you probably never expected to be able to do on a tablet. Photo editing and video editing are options, as well as a range of games and other apps that you wouldn’t expect to use with ease on a tablet.
That said, storage is a bit disappointing but that’s par for the course when it comes to tablets. You’ll really be taking advantage of cloud storage options here if you want to save the most money but that still doesn’t stop you from running out of space too soon for your apps.
The screen is an LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen showing 2048×1536 pixels at a size of 7.9 inches and a 326ppi pixel density. The iPad Mini 4 has robust wireless capabilities, sporting a Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, and Wi-Fi hotspot support.
The device does come with a 8Mp, 1.2Mp camera for those who use their tablets to shot photos and video.
Overall, the iPad Mini 4 is an expensive, capable option that gives users a lot of power in a very compact form. Probably best suited for those people already heavily invested in the Apple ecosystem, we don’t know whether someone would find a lot of use out of this if they don’t own an Apple desktop or other tablet. As a starter, it would probably be best to go with one of Apple’s iPhone options but, if you don’t want a phone, the iPad Mini 4 is the next best thing.