The iPad mini 4 was released at the same time as the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6s plus.
Both these devices took the center stage and moved the limelight away from the iPad mini 4.
However, this device is way better than its predecessor, the iPad mini 3, which failed to get the admiration of regular apple fans.
After the iPad mini 2, this is the first iPad mini that has received some preference, so we will compare the iPad mini 4 with the iPad mini 2.
Apple continues the trend of using aluminum as a standard material for building all it products. And even for this device, the trend has not changed.
Nevertheless it has tried its best to ensure that the iPad mini 4 looks more premium which it actually does, and like all the iPad minis it is ergonomic as well.
The Mini 2 came with color options of pace Gray/Black and Silver/White, but the iPad mini 4 offers the Golden shade too.
In terms of dimensions, the iPad mini 4 is 3.2 mms taller than the iPad mini 2. Also it is slimmer, measuring 6.1 mms in girth as compared to the 7.5 mms thickness of the iPad mini 2.
A slimmer body has contributed to lower weight as well. It has dropped from 331grams to 299grams for the WiFi model and from 341grams to 304grams for 3G/LTE model.
To top it all, the fingerprint scanner is also available for the security of your device and data.
The screen for the new mini comprises the IPS panel, the touch sensor and the cover glass and remains at 7.9 inches and 1536×2048 pixels resolution with pixel density of 324ppi, but the image quality is whole lot better than that of the Mini 2 because the mini 4 offers better color settings.
Inside the iPad Mini 2 you will find a dual-core 1.3GHz A7 processor with a 1GB RAM.
The score in Geekbench 3 for this piece of hardware was 1385 for the single core test and 2485 for the multicore test.
In comparison to this, the new Mini is equipped with a dual-core 1.5GHz A8 processor, again with a 1GB RAM, but with a better Geekbench 3 score of 1,694 in the single core test and 3,058 in the multicore test.
Mini 2 offered users internal storage options of 16/32/64/128 GB. Mini 4 offers all other than the 32 Gb option.
Now coming to the camera we see the Mini 4 come with an 8MP rear camera as compared to the 5MP camera of the Mini 2.
The front camera sticks to 1.2 MP but the images with the Mini 4 front camera clearer and less noisy.
Although the battery of the iPad mini 2 is 6470 mAh it can last a bit over nine hours, while the battery of the iPad mini 4 can last for 10 hours and 43 minutes even with a 5124 mAh battery.