iPad Mini 4 announced with faster A8 processor at $399
At its “Hey Siri” media event, Apple was most engrossed in introducing the new iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, Apple TV, Apple Pencil and the large iPad Pro, and amid all this the updated version of the iPad Mini just went unnoticed. Yes, Apple did announce iPad Mini 4, a 7.9-inch tablet modded after the iPad Air 2. The iPad Mini 4 has innards similar to the Air 2 but it isn’t just an iPad Air 2 in a slimmed down version but a lot more.
The super slim iPad Mini 4 measures 6.1mm thick, which is almost 18 percent thinner than its predecessor – iPad Mini 3. Weighing 299g (0.65 pounds), the new iPad features an A8 processor with second-gen 64-bit architecture that will give it 30 percent faster CPU performance and about 60 percent faster GPU performance than the A7 chip on the iPad Mini 3.
Apple has introduced an improved sensor and image signal processor to the the 8MP iSight camera of iPad Mini 4. This enhances the functionality of features such as time-lapse video, panorama, slo-mo and other clicking modes. Additionally, the front‑facing FaceTime camera has also been redesigned. The camera gets a re-engineered sensor and larger pixels to click selfies or make video calls in low-light.
The Mini 4 runs the new iOS 9, so its gets the features like Split View, Slide Over and Picture in Picture that you would get in the iPad Pro. For security, the tablet receives Touch ID guaranteeing fingerprint password.
The iPad Mini 4 comes in the same casing as the Mini 3 and for the same starting price of $399 for 16GB Wi-Fi only model. Available in silver, gold and space gray colors, the 64GB and 128GB Wi-Fi variants of iPad Mini 4 will cost $499 and $599 respectively. The cellular models will cost $130 extra.