Ap­ple iPad mini 4

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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

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