After much speculations and rumors, Apple finally announced the fourth generation model of the mini variant of iPad alongside the biggest ever iPad - the iPad Pro, at the 'Hey Siri' event happened recently. During the unveiling of iPad mini 4, Apple did talk about its specifications and features, but there still are many details that you don't know about the newest mini iPad.
The iPad 'mini' series comfortably sits between the iPhones, and the iPad Air. The compact iPad, however, promises powerful specs and beautiful design, to cater to those who want a rather handy iPad variant.
Read: Apple iPad Mini 4: Specifications and features
The iPad mini 4 got through a teardown treatment by folks at iFixit, which revealed the innards of the device and showed hardware details to give a better idea of how powerful it is. Here we give you 5 features that are confirmed by the stripping of the iPad mini 4:
Thinner, lighter and looks different: Here’s Why
We know that the iPad mini is slimmer and lighter than ever, but a lot went behind the cut down in measurements and weigh. Moreover, it also dons a new look. This is because the new iPad mini takes design cues from the iPad Air 2. The thickness has been reduced by 18 percent to come down to 6.1mm.
To do so, Apple has shifted positions of many of the parts, used the same fully laminated screen tech that's seen in the iPad Air 2, moved antennas both to the top and bottom of the device, has consolidated many speaker holes into fewer, slimmed down FaceTime camera assembly, and shifted the dual rear-facing microphones to surround the iSight camera, to reduce the overall thickness.
However, with all these changes in the iPad mini 4, display-damage repair will become more expensive.
Faster than iPhone 6: Here’s Why
The iPad mini 4 is powered by an updated Apple A8 SoC, with 2nd-generation 64‑bit architecture and M8 motion coprocessor, which makes it faster than the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which feature 1.4GHz A8 chipset. The new iPad mini also ensures faster performance that the iPad Mini 2 and 3 that are powered by Apple A7 chipset variants.
Smaller yet powerful Battery
iFixit's teardown also confirmed that the iPad mini 4 is powered by a smaller, thinner battery of 5,124mAh capacity, in comparison to the iPad mini 3's 6471mAh battery. Moreover, this is a single cell battery, instead of dual.
However, the battery size will not really hurt the backup considering that Apple claimed that the new iPad mini 4 retains the same battery life as its predecessor.
Finally, Apple has also changed the camera in the mini 4, as it gets the 8-megapixel iSight camera from the iPad Air. The front facing camera, however, remains to be the same old 1.2-megapixel FaceTime, though it has slimmed down than before.
Apple usually does not talk much about the RAM of its devices, and this time as well, it didn't focus on the RAM of the iPad Mini 4. The teardown, however, confirms that the latest mini variant offers 2GB of RAM.