iPad Mini Comparison

Apple iPad Mini 2 VS Mini 3 VS Mini 4 Spec Comparison

Tech Spec

2nd Generation

3rd Generation

4th Generation

First, the Similarities

Diagonal 7.9″
Screen LED-backlit Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology
Retina Display Yes
Resolution 2048 x 1536 resolution at 326 pixels per inch (ppi)
Facetime front camera 1.2 MP photos and 720p HD video
Battery life Up to 10 hours of mixed use

Secondly, specs different on the Mini 4.

Are these differences worth the upgrade to Mini 4?

Thickness 0.29″ (7.5 mm) 0.24″ (6.1 mm) | 22% thinner
Weight 0.73 lbs (331 g) 0.65 lbs (299 g) | 10% lighter
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac), dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO
Processor A7 chip with 64-bit architecture A8 chip with 64-bit architecture (1.3x faster CPU and 1.6x faster GPU)
Motion Processor M7 motion coprocessor M8 motion coprocessor
iSight rear camera 5 MP photos and 1080p HD video recording 8 MP photos and 1080p HD video recording, 10fps burst mode shooting and 120fps slow motion video
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 technology Bluetooth 4.2 technology
OS iOS8 iOS9
Split-screen mode NO YES, you can run two apps at the same time
Sensors 3-axis gyroscope, accelerometer, ambient light sensor 3-axis gyroscope, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer
Fingerprint identity sensor Mini 3 only YES, built into the Home button
Barometer NO YES
Fully laminated screen NO YES, the cover glass, touch sensor and LCD are combined with optical bonding to eliminate gaps => superior in terms of glare/reflectance, contrast, black levels, color accuracy and brightness (100 percent sRGB coverage compared to ~70% coverage on the iPad mini 2 and 3)
Lock rotation switch YES NO, you need to do this through “settings” of iOS

Finally, the “shortcomings” of the Mini 4

Capacity Available in 16, 64, and 128GB. The lack of the 32GB models is a negative point to most buyers!
Color Those of us expecting ‘Rose Gold’ (like on the iPhone 6s) have to be content with ‘Gold’
3D Touch Like ‘Rose Gold’, Apple have decided to leave the iPhone 6’s 3D touch technology out of the iPad mini 4
Processor iPad Air 2’s A8X or iPad Pro’s A9X would have been awesome, but Apple decided to empower the mini 4 with ‘only’ an A8 processor!

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