News by Luke Jones on Thursday September 10, 2015.
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If you blinked during Apple's iPhone/iPad/Apple TV announcement yesterday you would have likely missed the launch of a new iPad Min... the iPad Mini 4. Wait, you may be thinking that there was not iPad Mini 4 announcement at all, but trust us there is a new model of Apple's small slate and it was briefly shown in the new iPad price list.It is actually interesting that Apple gave the iPad Mini 4 such little time because it is arguably now the most rounded slate the company offers. Design The major appeal of the iPad Mini from inception is that it is smaller and more affordable than the larger iPad. The Mini was also a design triumph and spurred Apple into building the iPad Air based off the slick Mini, it remains one of the best looking tablets available. It is good then to see that the iPad Mini 4 carries the same svelte product we know and love, and is now very thin at 6.1mm and very light at 0.65 pounds. Specs The big talking point about the iPad Mini 4 really should be that is exactly the same as the iPad Air 2 and that is a big deal as the Mini is more affordable and has a more appealing small form factor for some consumers. This is now arguably the most powerful mini tablet on the market. There is a 2048 x 1536 8.3-inch screen with 324 ppi, a beautiful panel that will be dazzling for movies and games. The iPad Mini 4 gets the A8 processor found in the iPad Air 2 and misses out on the A9 found in the new iPhones 6s and iPad Pro. Not a bad thing at all as this is a very capable 64-bit processor that made the Air 2 one of the best performing slates on the market. Price The iPad Mini 4 costs $399 for the 16GB entry level, which is more affordable than the iPad Air 2 and is certainly an enticing option. The old iPad Mini 2 is still a very good tablet too, and it is now pushing bargain territory as Apple has slashed its price to $269 in the wake of the Mini 4. Of course, the iPad Mini 2 was the first in the range to come with a Retina Display and a 64-bit processor.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.