The iPad mini 4 from Apple has a smaller form factor than its big brother, the iPad Air 2. The iPad mini 4 is just 6.1mm thin and weighs 0.65 lb. Its smaller form factor makes it easier to hold in one hand. This iPad mini comes in a space gray finish.
The tablet’s 7.9″ Retina Display features a native resolution of 2048 x 1536, showing up to 3.1 million pixels at 326 ppi. The Retina Display’s capacitive touchscreen lets you utilize all the multi-touch gestures of iOS 9.
The mini 4 features Apple’s A8 processor with their 2nd Generation 64-bit architecture, allowing for more robust and powerful apps such as video editing, 3D modeling and CAD, and 3D gaming. Also, the A8 chip supports Metal, a more efficient technology that enables the iPad mini to render detailed graphics and visual effects.
Accompanied by the A8 chip is the M8 motion coprocessor, which measures the motion of the iPad mini via the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, and barometer, lightening the load of the A8 chip. This frees up the A8 chip to process multiple tasks while enabling it to maintain fast performance. The iPad mini may have the Retina Display, but it still manages to maintain its 10-hour battery life. That’s because the A8 chip isn’t just more powerful; it’s also more efficient.
The iPad mini comes with iOS 9 and Touch ID. Designed for the iPad, iOS 9 improves upon iOS 8 by adding News, enhanced multitasking, a shortcut bar, editing tools, updated multi-touch gestures, and more. Touch ID uses your fingerprint to unlock your device as well as make secure purchases in iTunes, iBooks, the App Store, and via Apple Pay.
With iCloud, you can sync your iPad mini to your other iOS devices and Mac computers. Push photos, download apps, and continue from where you left off in iBooks with iCloud. iCloud also offers cloud storage so you can back up your contacts, photos, and important documents to Apple’s cloud servers. You can also restore your iPad mini to a previous state using iCloud.
- Retina Display
- The Retina Display of the iPad mini 4 has been designed with all components combined into one layer. This helps eliminate gaps between layers, as well as the internal reflectance caused by those gaps. This helps the 7.9″ 2048 x 1536 touchscreen render lifelike colors, text, and images with improved contrast, sharpness, and vividness at 326 pixels per inch and a total of over 3.1 million pixels
The fully laminated display also features a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating to reduce smudges and an anti-reflective coating that helps reduce glare by up to 56% over previous iPad models
- Apple A8 Sytem on a Chip
- Thanks to the A8 chip, apps run fast on the iPad mini 4. The A8 is Apple’s 2nd generation 64-bit architecture, and its CPU runs up to 30% faster than the A7, while its graphics run up to 60% faster than the A7
- M8 Motion Coprocessor
- When you’re in motion, the M8 motion coprocessor continuously measures data from the accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, and barometer. This helps offload work from the A8 chip for improved power efficiency. The motion coprocessor also continuously calibrates all five sensors, so when you want to play a game or use Maps, iPad mini 4 is ready and able
- To get improved graphics performance out of the A8 chip and iOS 9, the iPad mini 4 takes advantage of Metal, an Apple technology that lets developers design immersive console-style games. Metal is optimized to allow the CPU and GPU to work together and deliver detailed graphics and complex visual effects
- Battery Life
- The A8 chip isn’t just powerful; it’s also power efficient. With up to 10 hours of battery life, it can handle work, play, and more.
- 8-Megapixel iSight Camera
- The f/2.4 iSight camera has been re-designed with an 8-megapixel sensor that captures images at a native resolution of 3264 x 2448 and 1080p HD video. The image signal processor in the A8 chip also features improved face-detection technology to keep more – and smaller – faces in focus as well as improved noise reduction. The camera also features time-lapse video, exposure control, 120 fps slo-mo, a burst mode, a timer mode, and a high-resolution panorama mode
- FaceTime HD Camera
- Put a face – or two – on every conversation. The 1.2-megapixel front-facing FaceTime HD camera is equipped with 720p video and has an f/2.2 aperture that lets in more light. Its sensor and pixels help improve performance in low-light conditions, while dual microphones employ noise-reduction technology to help suppress background noise. In addition, when you switch cameras from front to back (or vice versa), the microphones switch too, so what your iPad sees is what it hears
- Touch ID
- With Touch ID, you can use your finger and the Home button to unlock your iPad. Touch ID also has 360° range, so no matter how you’re holding it – portrait, landscape, or anything in between – your iPad knows who you are. Touch ID also unlocks more than just your iPad and allows you to sign in to secure apps, make one-touch purchases in iTunes, iBooks, the App Store, and through Apple Pay
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi
- Thanks to two 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz antennas and MIMO (multiple-input multiple-output) technology, the iPad mini 4 can reach download speeds of up to 866 Mbps with its 802.11ac connection. So now when you want to download a movie, share photos or documents with AirDrop, or just browse the web, your connection is even faster than before
- iOS 9
- iOS 9 improves upon iOS 8 by introducing improved multitasking with Slide Over, Split View, and Picture in Picture. Slide Over lets you open a second app without leaving the one you’re in, while Split View lets you have two apps open and active at the same time. Picture-in-Picture lets you open another app, even while you’re watching a TV show or using FaceTime.
Quick Type features also help make formatting and text selection simpler and make shortcuts more accessible with a Shortcut Bar, editing tools, and improved multi-touch gestures. When you use a wireless keyboard with your iPad, you’ll be able to use even more keyboard shortcuts
- News collects stories from top sources just for you, all in one place. And the more you read, the more tailored to your interests your articles become. Publishers can also create unique pieces complete with interactive galleries, videos, and animation – so it’s always a beautiful reading experience
- Start writing an email on your iPhone and pick up where you left off when you sit down at your Mac. Or browse the web on your Mac and continue from the same link on your iPad. It all happens automatically when your devices are signed in to the same iCloud account. Use Handoff with favorite apps like Mail, Safari, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar, and Contacts. Developers can build support for Handoff into their apps, too
- Having a conversation with friends and family who don’t use an iPhone is easy. That’s because you can send and receive SMS and MMS text messages with not just your iPhone, but also your iPad and even your Mac. So when a friend texts you from any kind of phone, you can respond using whichever device is most convenient. Or you can send them a text from your iPad or Mac by clicking a phone number in apps like Safari, Contacts, or Calendar
- iCloud automatically makes sure you always have the latest versions of your most important things, like documents, apps, notes, and contacts, on whatever device you are using, even a PC. It lets you easily share photos, calendars, locations, and more with friends and family. And with Find My iPhone, it helps you find your device if you lose it. iCloud also backs up and secures your files, account names, passwords, and credit card numbers. Your iCloud account comes with 5GB of storage, free
- Siri lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, check the latest scores, and more. Ask Siri to complete tasks just by holding down the Home button and talking. Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean and even responds to you
- AirPlay functions off of the wireless capabilities of the iPad mini and allows you to seamlessly watch or listen to your content on your HDTV. When connected to the same wireless network, content can be controlled from the iPad mini and ported through or watched on auxiliary devices
- AirPrint makes it easy to print email and web pages from your iPad to your AirPrint‑enabled printer. To print an email, tap the Reply button and select Print. To print a web page, tap the Share button and select Print. You can also print photos, documents, and more
- Sharing with AirDrop is faster and more convenient than an email or a text, especially when the person you want to share with isn’t in your contacts. Just tap to send photos, videos, contacts – and anything else from any app with a Share button – to anyone nearby who’s also running iOS or OS X
- Built-In Apps
- iTunes Store
- App Store