THIS IS THE TABLET YOU'VE BEEN WAITING FOR
Apple iPad mini 4
Last year's iPad mini 3 wasn't much of an upgrade. In fact, the only thing that changed from the mini 2 was the inclusion of Touch ID. Then at this year's iPhone 6s launch event, its successor - the iPad mini 4 - was given about 20 seconds of on-screen time.
Despite Apple's seeming lack of love, the iPad mini 4 has actually changed quite a lot. It's quite a bit slimmer than its predecessor, going from 7.5mm down to a razor-thin 6.1mm. That makes it skinnier than competitors like the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. This is a huge reduction in thickness - just for comparison, the iPhone 6 is 6.9mm. It's also lighter than last year's model, with the Wi-Fi model weighing a mere 299g, and the 4G LTE model coming in at 304g. Unfortunately, the new mini is also a tiny bit taller, 3.2mm to be precise. This isn't much, but it's just enough to make most cases for the previous mini's no longer fit.
Other than the change in dimensions, the mini 4 looks almost identical to its predecessors. There are only two changes from last year's model: the removal of the orientation lock / mute switch (you'll need to swipe up and access the Control Center for those two options now) and the speaker grill has gone from two rows of holes to one (it looks just like the iPhone 6 now).
The design still looks premium, and it's still the nicest-looking mini tablet out there. Having said that, it is starting to look a bit dated, especially when compared to the iPhone 6 and 6s. We haven't seen chamfered edges on the iPhone for over a year now and it's probably time Apple updated the iPad line to follow suit. Color choices remain the same as last year with Space Gray, Silver, and Gold versions available. Tragically, there's no Rose Gold option to match your new iPhone 6s.
The rear camera on the mini 4 has been improved. The new module is 8MP, which puts it on par with the iPad Air 2. The new camera is actually