iPad mini Overview Updated August 12, 2020

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Apple originally introduced the 7.9″-screened iPad mini in 2012 as a direct challenger to numerous 7″ tablets from rival manufacturers, describing it as “every inch an iPad” with an uncompromised ability to run full-sized iPad apps. Today, Apple sells three different iPad mini models, all almost identical from the outside. Each model is sold in basic Wi-Fi-only and premium Wi-Fi + Cellular versions.

The original mini ($249 to $379 from the Apple Store) is offered solely in a 16GB capacity and is the only model with a 1024×768 screen. It has an Apple A5 processor inside and is virtually identical in performance to a fifth-generation iPod touch and the since-discontinued iPad 2. However, the very nice 7.9″ screen size and a 7.2mm thickness make it a much better compromise for kids; the storage capacity is, however, extremely limited.

Debuted in late 2013, Apple’s mini 2 ($299 to $479 from the Apple Store) was originally called the iPad mini with Retina display. It is offered in 16GB or 32GB capacities and has a 2048×1536 display with four times the resolution of the original model. The A7 processor inside is virtually identical in performance to the first iPad Air, and the wireless performance has been improved for both Wi-Fi and LTE cellular. Except for adding a second microphone for echo-cancellation, it looks the same on the outside as its predecessor.

Released in October 2014, the iPad mini 3 ($399 to $729 from the Apple Store) is virtually identical to the iPad mini 2. Apart from adding a Touch ID fingerprint sensor to the Home button and adding a gold color option to the prior silver and space gray versions, the iPad mini 3 is internally unchanged from the iPad mini 2, with the same screen, A7 processor, wireless performance, and battery life. It is sold in 16GB, 64GB, or 128GB capacities.

In September 2015, Apple released the 4th version of the tablet during its ‘Hey Siri” event. It same in at a similar price point to the previous generation. The Mini 4 was the first major redesign of the lineup as it had slightly taller and wider body than the 3rd generation. It included a dual-core A8 processor with 2GB of RAM.

In March of 2019, Apple released the 5th major release of the mini lineup. Since it had been nearly four years since the previous version had been released, the hardware saw a massive upgrade. It included a A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine. The 7.9″ screen included True Tone and support for the first generation Apple Pencil. Pricing starts at $399 for a 64GB Wi-Fi only version (Silver, Space Gray, and Gold) and goes up to $649 for a 256GB version with LTE service.

iPad mini Stories August 12

After leaking back in 2018, Microsoft officially unveiled the Surface Duo in October 2019. Today the company has launched the iPad mini-sized foldable with pre-orders now open. Let’s look at what you get with the $1,400 Surface Duo and how it differs from devices like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold.

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iPad mini Stories July 25

As rumors circulate of a new iPad mini coming sometime next year, Parker Ortolani has shared a new concept that imagines what a redesigned iPad mini might look like. The concept takes the design language of the modern iPad Pro and applies it to the smaller iPad mini.

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iPad mini Stories April 28

With the release of the new iPad Pro for 2020 and last year’s update to the entry-level iPad, it’s time to take another look at the entire iPad lineup to determine which iPad is best.

The iPad that’s best for me, isn’t necessarily the iPad that’s best for you, and vice versa. In this hands-on video, we discuss which iPad you should buy in 2020. expand full story

iPad mini Stories April 23, 2019

Apple currently sells four tablets — the entry-level iPad, the portable iPad mini, the midrange iPad Air 3, and the powerful iPad Pro — but which iPad is right for your needs? Watch our hands-on video as we briefly break down Apple’s tablet lineup and help you decide which iPad you should buy. expand full story

iPad mini Stories April 12, 2019

From the outside, the new iPad mini is virtually a carbon copy of the iPad mini 4, but it’s sporting some serious upgrades under the hood. As you’ve probably heard, the 5th-generation iPad mini is basically an iPad Air 3, just in a much more compact form-factor.

Indeed, the iPad mini 5 is a powerful tablet that can almost fit in your pocket, but the size, or lack thereof, can be both a gift and a curse depending on your needs. Watch our hands-on iPad mini 5 review video for the details. expand full story

iPad mini Stories April 4, 2019

UAG launches Metropolis case for new iPad mini and iPad Air with Apple Pencil storage, military-grade protection, more

Popular Apple accessory maker, UAG, is out today with a fresh case for the new iPad mini and iPad Air. As usual for UAG, the new Metropolis case offers military-grade drop protection with a durable design. Both versions also feature Apple Pencil storage, a first for the iPad mini.

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