iPad mini 4 Quietly Announced

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Lost in the hoopla surrounding Apple’s announcements of the iPad Pro and two new iPhones was the reveal of a new iPad mini, which has a faster processor and a slimmer shape.

iPad mini 4

iPad mini 4 in Three Colors

The fourth 7.9-inch tablet from this company sports an Apple A8 processor, the same used in last year’s iPhone. It’s not yet clear if this chip will be powerful enough to run Split View mode in the upcoming iOS 9, which puts two apps side-by-side on the screen. It will definitely be enough for Slide Over and picture-in-picture mode, as the iPad mini 3 supports these.

Apple also trimmed off some of the size of the iPad mini 4: it is 0.24 inches thick and 0.65 pounds, as compared to the 0.29 inches thick and 0.73 pounds of its predecessor.

In addition, the rear-facing camera has gone from 5 megapixels to 8 MP, and support for WiFi ac has been added.

Aside from these changes, the iPad mini 4 is remaining essentially unchanged. It stays with the same 2048 x 1536 display, and the prices for the various versions haven’t increased: a model with 16GB of storage sells for $399, one with 64GB is $499, and a 128GB version is $599. Adding support for 4G LTE adds $130 to any of these prices.

This product is available on Apple’s website already, but the iPad mini 3 has been discontinued. The iPad mini 2 remains in this company’s product lineup starting at $269.

There is speculation that this might be the last 7.9-inch tablet from Apple, as devices of this size have seen significant competition from the 5.5-inch iPhones, resulting in lowered sales.

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