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The máy tính bảng ipad Mini occupies an interesting little niche in the táo apple ecosystem, especially now that the iPhone Plus is out. It’s made lớn be a handheld pad with a bigger screen than an iPhone but more maneuverability than an iPad, sort of in the e-reader size. It seems táo bị cắn dở is intent on keeping the line going with the ipad Mini 4, so let’s take a look at what new with the latest Mini generation and how it stacks up to lớn the Mini 3.

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Please note: The máy tính bảng ipad Mini 4 is replacing the Mini 3 entirely, so the Mini 3 is discontinued going forward. For those of you considering which to purchase, this typically means that Mini 3 iPads will quickly sell out, pop up at discounted prices via re-sellers, and then become very hard to lớn find – something to keep in mind if you want khổng lồ buy one.

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Display

Apple loves updating its displays, but in this particular instance the máy tính bảng ipad Mini remains relatively unchanged. The screen is still an LCD Retina display, và it’s still 7.9-inches in size, so if you found the Mini screen too small (or too large) that will still be a problem for you in the new model.

The resolution is also unchanged. It sits at 2,048 x 1,536 pixels. That’s not 4K territory, but it’s still respectable for a screen of that size, so don’t worry about watching your videos or playing your games on this screen.

Cameras

Do you like using a Mini for Facetime? vày you envision snapping a lot of café pictures and want lớn get a really good latte Instagram? The ipad tablet Mini 3 came with a rear camera with 5-megapixel capabilities, iSight features, & 1080p clarity, plus a front-facing camera that offered 1.2-megapxiel clarity of selfies and video clip chat.

The Mini 4 come with the same front-facing camera at 1.2-megapixels, so Facetime experiences will remain unchanged. However, the rear camera received an upgrade to an 8-megapixel camera, which is good news for you & all your Instagram efforts.

If these cameras sound familiar, that’s because they are the same cameras found on the ipad tablet Air 2, simply housed in a smaller frame.


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Chip power

Now we come lớn the big processor question. Is the Mini 4 faster than its predecessor? In brief, yes. The Mini 3 used a processor called the A7, which was made way back in 2013. The Mini 4 has been upgraded to an A8 chip with second-generation 64-bit architecture. According to lớn Apple’s explanations, that means it’s around 30 percent faster in compute tasks and 60 percent quicker in graphics. In other words, this is great news if you want the Mini to lớn sneak in some sports streaming or play some demanding video clip games.

Keep in mind that táo is reserving its tip-top processor power nguồn for the A9/A9x chips, which are found in the latest iPhones và the ipad Pro, so it won’t be the best game ios performance you can experience. Still, it should be a significant upgrade.

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Sensors and wireless

Generally, the sensors are identical between the two generations, & used for the same purposes. There’s the basic accelerometer và gyroscope, which make sure that the máy tính bảng ipad screen tilts. There’s your bluetooth capabilities, which are mostly unchanged except that bluetooth không dây has been upgraded to lớn version 4.2 on the Mini 4. Very few peripherals even use bluetooth 4.2 yet, but it’s nice to have it for future-proofing, and it’s backward compatible with older công nghệ bluetooth không dây accessories.

This will be a minor point for some and more important for others. Both of the Minis use dual-band 802.11 Wi-Fi protocols. However, while the máy tính bảng ipad Mini 3 supports 802.11 a/b/g/n, the Mini 4 supports a/b/g/n and ac.

802.11ac is a newer standard that is compatible with every other standard on the books, and also allows WiFi to be faster và more effective. If you aren’t the sort to pay much attention lớn how your WiFi operates, you may not notice the difference. If you really need high-quality streaming, you may be very appreciative. You will need an 802.11ac router for this to lớn have an impact — Wi-Fi can only operate on a standard supported by both a router and the device connected to it.

Size and weight

Apple loves khổng lồ make things smaller & lighter, và they even managed to lớn slim down the máy tính bảng ipad Mini 4, which weighs between 0.65 và 0.67 pounds. The Mini 3 weighed between 0.73 và 0.75 pounds. The thickness also decreased from 7.5mm to lớn 6.1mm.

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iOS support

This may not be as important as some of the hardware specs for the Mini 3 vs. Mini 4, but it is worthwhile to note that the Mini 4 will come prepackaged with tiện ích ios 9, whereas you will have to tải về iOS 9 to lớn replace quả táo 8 on a Mini 3 when the software becomes available.

Why does this matter? It’s worth noting because game ios features vì make táo bị cắn dở products a bit time sensitive. In other words, a couple years down the line you may find that the Mini 3 no longer supports some apps or features of the latest iOS, while the Mini 4 will still offer tư vấn for the latest software. In other words, if you want lớn keep your Mini as long as possible, go for the 4.

Pricing

Ahhh, now we come down khổng lồ it. What is the price difference between these two dueling pads? Well, there isn’t one. Your wallet will feel the same either way. Both options start at $399 for the basic version with 16GB of storage và Wi-Fi only. Storage jumps up in increments to lớn 64GB và 128GB for both models, and the price eventually makes its way all the way lớn $729 , which includes 128GB and cellular data. Even the màu sắc options are the same.

Since the pricing is identical, if this is your first ipad Mini and you have your heart mix on it, then there’s no reason not get the Mini 4. But if you are thinking about upgrading, or choosing between the Mini & another type of ipad model,it may not be worthwhile. The new model’s main improvement is the A8 processor, which is must quicker than the old A7, but the Mini 3 is quick enough to lớn last a couple more years.