The iPad 4 and iPad Mini Are Now Available– Here’s What You Need To Know About Them
Late last week Apple began selling their long-awaited iPad Mini as well as a new iPad 4. The iPad Mini was the long rumored smaller version of the iPad while the iPad 4 was more of a surprise update to the iPad 3, giving it some nice updates to make the bigger iPad even better. Now we know a lot of you, particularly anyone who just bought an iPad 3 over the last few months, are wondering what exactly is new here, but don’t worry, we’ve got everything you need to know about both of these new iPads ready for you after the break.
The iPad 4 (or as Apple calls it, the “iPad with Retina Display”) isn’t as major of an upgrade to the iPad as the iPad 3 was to the iPad 2. Like the iPad 3, the iPad 4 has that amazing 9.7 inch Retina Display, thin design, 10 hour battery and comes in either WiFi or WiFi+4G LTE versions.
The iPad 4 builds on the iPad 3 with a few modern upgrades. New here are the A6X processor, a faster version of the dual-core A5X the iPad 3 has. Apple says that this new processor will be twice as fast, so apps and games on this new iPad will run even better (which is amazing seeing as the iPad 3 is already pretty great). Apple has also upgraded the front camera to the new FaceTime HD for HD video chat, and added the new Lightning connector found on the new iPods and iPhone 5. And yes, this means that if you have older iPad/iPhone/iPod accessories they won’t work here unless you get an adapter.
Like all iPads, the iPad 4 will start at $500 for the 16 GB WiFi version and go up to $830 for the 64 GB WiFi+4G LTE version.
Oh, and if you bought an iPad 3 in October before the iPad 4 was announced you’re in luck– Apple will let you exchange it for one of these new iPads free of charge.
The iPad 4 is available now.
The iPad Mini is kinda like a larger version of the new iPod touch or a smaller version of the iPad 4 depending how you look at it. Regardless, it looks to be a solid choice for anyone looking for a smaller, more portable iPad.
First things first– the screen. The iPad Mini has a 7.9 inch screen, down from the 9.7 inches on the regular iPad. Now even though the Mini’s screen is smaller, it is the same resolution as the original iPad and iPad 2 so all 275,000+ iPad apps will be able to work on it right away. One thing to note: the Mini’s screen isn’t a Retina Display, so while it will look good, it won’t be as great as the screens on the iPad 3 or 4.
Inside the Mini you’ll find many of the same specs that were in the iPad 2– a dual core A5 processor (so not as fast as the iPad 3 or 4, but just as fast as the 4S), a super thin aluminum design (like actually pencil thin), 5 megapixel back camera with FaceTime HD camera on the front for HD video chat, the all new Lightning connector, and iOS 6 with Siri. Like the regular iPad, the Mini has the same excellent 10 hour battery life and comes in either WiFi or WiFi+4G LTE versions.
Now here’s the biggest downside to the iPad Mini– the price. The iPad Mini starts at $330 for the 16 GB WiFi only version or $460 for the WiFi+4G LTE 16 GB version. This is almost double the price of Google’s 7 inch Nexus 7 tablet and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD, and honestly we’re not sure if it’s worth it.
We’ve recently had a chance to spend a couple of minutes with the Mini, and while its design is great, the fact that it costs so much and doesn’t have that Retina screen makes us want to wait at least until next year, when Apple is expected to update the Mini to a Retina Display (or at least look at the iPad 4 with its faster processor and Retina Display if we were looking to get an iPad today).
Like the iPad 4, the iPad Mini is also available now on Apple’s site.
What do you think– have any of you gotten the iPad Mini over the iPad 3/4, and if so how do you like it?