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Apple iPad Mini 4 (2015) Technical Specifications

Apple iPad Mini 4 (2015) Technical Specifications
Brand: Apple
Category: Apple iPad
  • CPU Dual-core 1.5 GHz Typhoon
  • RAM 2 GB
  • Camera 8MP 1080p
  • Storage 16/32/64/128 GB
  • Display 7.9" 1536x2048 pixels
  • OS iOS 9, up to iPadOS 15.5
  • Battery 5124mAh Li-Ion

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Apple iPad Mini 4 Review and Features

The iPad Mini 4 (stylised and marketed as iPad mini 4) is the fourth-generation iPad Mini tablet computer designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. It was announced along with the iPad Pro on September 9, 2015, and released the same day.

The iPad Mini 4, which replaced the iPad Mini 3, was discontinued on March 18, 2019, when it was replaced by the fifth-generation iPad Mini. It features most of the hardware of the iPad Air 2, including its laminated display and design.

The iPad Mini 4 ships with the iOS 9 operating system pre-installed and was the first device to do so. With an additional 1 GB of RAM compared to the previous generations’ Mini, the iPad Mini 4 can utilise the Slide Over, Split View, and Picture in Picture multitasking functions in iOS 9.

The device is compatible with iOS 9.1, which was released on October 21, 2015.

The iPad Mini 4 was the first significant redesign of the iPad Mini line, with a slightly taller and wider body (though with no increase in screen size) compared to the iPad Mini 2 and Mini 3. There is also a much thinner design, with the device mirroring the depth of the iPad Air 2 at 6.1 millimetres. This device is also lighter than the previous generation by 33.2 grams.

Due to the redesign, this device is incompatible with cases that would otherwise work with the iPad Mini 2 or iPad Mini 3. To compensate for this, Apple released a Smart Cover and Silicone Case for the Mini 4, which can be used separately or together as a fully protective case. Unlike the iPad Air 2, there is no leather Smart Case made by Apple for the device. The mute switch was removed, as was done for the iPad Air 2.

As with the iPad Mini 3, the iPad Mini 4 is available in three colours: Space Gray, Silver, and Gold.

While the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 were released in October 2014, the Mini 3 carried over the Mini 2’s internals, including the A7 processor, in place of the hardware found in the iPad Air 2. The iPad Mini 4 features upgraded hardware closer to the iPad Air 2.

However, the Mini 4 supports a dual-core A8 processor instead of the tri-core A8X. Apple claims that this processor is “1.3x faster” at CPU tasks and “1.6x faster” at graphics tasks over the A7 processor found in previous Mini models. Along with the iPad Air 2, there are 2 GB of RAM, allowing the device to support the advanced multitasking features made available with the iOS 9 operating system.

Like the iPad Mini 3 that came before it, the iPad Mini 4 can make mobile payments via Apple Pay in combination with the Touch ID sensor. However, this can only be done in apps as the device lacks the NFC antenna required for payments at a merchant terminal. With iOS 10, Apple Pay is supported within the Safari app.

The device shares the same camera module as the iPad Air 2 with an 8-megapixel camera with a ƒ/2.4 aperture. The screen is the same Retina Display featured since the iPad Mini 2. However, it is fully laminated (like the iPad Air 2) and contains an anti-reflective coating, resulting in drastically improved picture quality compared to its predecessors.

The iPad Mini 4 display features much-improved colour accuracy due to the increase to 101% sRGB Color Gamut compared to the poor ~62% on the previous models.

It has a slightly smaller battery than the previous generations though Apple claims the runtime to be the same 10 hours as its predecessor.

An updated wireless module adds support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2. As with its predecessor, the iPad Mini 4 was available with storage options of 16, 32, 64, or 128 GB, although, by March 2017, all but the 128 GB model was discontinued.

Although the Apple Pencil was released alongside the iPad Mini 4 in September 2015, it was exclusively compatible with the iPad Pro, released simultaneously. Pencil support on the iPad Mini did not arrive until the 5th generation in 2019.

What are the specifications of the Apple iPad Mini 4 tablet?

Here’s a summary of the technical specifications for the Apple iPad Mini 4 tablet:

  • Processor/CPU: Dual-core 1.5 GHz Typhoon, Apple A8
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Internal Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
  • Display/Resolution: 7.9″ 1536×2048 pixels
  • GPU/Graphics: PowerVR GX6450
  • Camera: 8MP 1080p
  • Battery: 5124mAh Li-Ion
  • Colours: Space Gray, Silver, Gold

Full Technical Specifications

General

Device Type Tablet Computer
Models A1538, A1550, iPad5,1, iPad5,2
Also known as Apple iPad mini with Retina display
Announced 09 October, 2015
Released 09 October, 2015
Status Discontinued
Predecessor iPad Mini 3
Successor iPad Mini (5th generation)
Generation 4th

Design

Type <strong>Design Type</strong> called form factor refers to a mobile phone's size, shape, and style as well as the layout and position of major components of phone. There are three major form factors seen in mobile phones => bar phones, folding phones and sliding phones. Bar
Width 203.2 mm (millimeters)
20.32 cm (centimeters)
0.667 ft (feet)
8 in (inches)
Height 134.8 mm (millimeters)
13.48 cm (centimeters)
0.442 ft (feet)
5.307 in (inches)
Thickness 6.1 mm (millimeters)
0.61 cm (centimeters)
0.02 ft (feet)
0.24 in (inches)
Volume 167.09 cm³ (cubic centimeters)
10.15 in³ (cubic inches)
Weight 298 g (grams)
0.66 lbs (pounds)
10.54 oz (ounces)

299 g (Wi-Fi) / 304 g (3G/LTE) (10.55 oz)
Protection Glass front, aluminum back, aluminum frame
Colors Space Gray
Silver
Gold

Network

SIM <strong>SIM</strong> (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages. Nano SIM
Number of SIM cards 1
GSM GSM 850 MHz
GSM 900 MHz
GSM 1800 MHz
GSM 1900 MHz
CDMA CDMA 800 MHz
CDMA 1900 MHz
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. A
1xEV-DO Rev. B
UMTS (3G) UMTS 850 MHz
UMTS 900 MHz
UMTS 1700/2100 MHz
UMTS 1900 MHz
UMTS 2100 MHz
LTE (4G) LTE-TDD 1900 MHz (B39)
LTE-TDD 2300 MHz (B40)
LTE-TDD 2500 MHz (B41)
LTE-TDD 2600 MHz (B38)
LTE 700 MHz Class 13
LTE 700 MHz Class 17
LTE 800 MHz
LTE 850 MHz
LTE 900 MHz
LTE 1800 MHz
LTE 1900 MHz
LTE 2100 MHz
LTE 2600 MHz
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Display

Display Type <strong>Display Technology => </strong> A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor) IPS LCD
Size 7.9 inch
Resolution 1536 x 2048 pixels
Display Colors <strong>Display Colors</strong> is refers to the number of different shades of colors that the screen is capable of displaying => 64K colors, 256K colors and 16 million colors, Obviously 16M is highest available range of colors and better than others. 24 bit, 16777216 colors
Aspect Ratio 4:3 ratio
Display area (~70.6% screen-to-body ratio)
Pixel Density <strong>Pixel Density (PPI)</strong> is refers to the concentration of pixels on a particular display, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). Pixel density is calculated by dividing the diagonal pixel resolution of a display by its diagonal size, higher pixel density better display quality. 324 PPI density
Display Protection <strong>Display Protection => </strong> Gorilla Glass is a special alkali-aluminosilicate glass shield with exceptional damage resistance that helps protect mobile displays from scratches, drops, and bumps of everyday use, It is always better to go for a smartphone with Gorilla Glass for that added protection and peace of mind. Scratch-resistant glass
Oleophobic coating
Features Capacitive
Multi-touch
Scratch resistant
Retina display
Full Lamination Technology
Antireflective coating
Oleophobic (lipophobic) coating
LED-backlit

Media

Audio File Formats AAC (Advanced Audio Coding)
eAAC+ / aacPlus v2 / HE-AAC v2
M4A (MPEG-4 Audio, .m4a)
MP3 (MPEG-2 Audio Layer II, .mp3)
WAV (Waveform Audio File Format, .wav, .wave)
Apple Lossless
AAX+
AAX
Video File Formats 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project, .3gp)
H.263
H.264 / MPEG-4 Part 10 / AVC video
H.265 / MPEG-H Part 2 / HEVC
QuickTime (.mov, .qt)
MPEG-4
FM Radio No
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm Audio jack Yes
Audio Features Loudspeaker
Stereo speakers

Rear Camera

Number of cameras 1
Sensor type CMOS BSI (backside illumination)
Main cameras 8 MP, f/2.4, 32mm (standard), 1.12µm, AF
Sensor size 3.6 x 2.7 mm (millimeters)
0.18 in (inches)
Pixel size 1.103 µm (micrometers)
0.001103 mm (millimeters)
Crop factor 9.61
Aperture f/2.4
Image Resolution 3264 x 2448 pixels
7.99 MP (megapixels)
Video Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
2.07 MP (megapixels)
Video FPS 30 fps (frames per second)
Other features Autofocus
Continuous shooting
Digital zoom
Digital image stabilization
Geotagging
Panorama
HDR
Touch focus
Face detection
Exposure compensation
Self-timer

Front/Selfie Camera

Number of cameras 1
Main cameras 1.2 MP, f/2.2, 31mm (standard)
Sensor type CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor)
Aperture f/2.2
Video Resolution 1280 x 720 pixels
0.92 MP (megapixels)
Video FPS 30 fps (frames per second)
Other features Face unlock
1.2 MP
Continius shooting

Software

Operating System <strong>OS => </strong> Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device. iOS 9, upgradable to iPadOS 15.5
User Interface <strong>UI</strong> or user interface of a device is the look and feel of the on-screen menu system. How it works, its color scheme, how it responds to button presses, all of these things are part of the user interface. Apple iPad OS

Hardware

Chipset <strong>Chipset</strong> is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming. Apple A8 APL1011, M8 motion coprocessor
SoC Process Technology 20 nm (nanometers)
CPU <strong>CPU</strong> (Central Processing Unit) mostly known as processors, CPU processes instructions in order to carry out certain functions that make your device operate properly. Processors are often described as the brain of computers, smartphones and tablets, Smartphones and tablets rely on processors to carry out their every task, Processors are an incredibly important factor in selecting any type of computing device, including your smartphone. Dual-core 1.5 GHz Typhoon
CPU bits 64 bit
CPU cores 2
CPU frequency 1500 MHz (megahertz)
Level 1 cache memory (L1) 64 KB + 64 KB (kilobytes)
Level 2 cache memory (L2) 1024 KB (kilobytes)
1 MB (megabytes)
Level 3 cache memory (L3) 4096 KB (kilobytes)
4 MB (megabytes)
GPU <strong>GPU</strong> (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion. PowerVR GX6450 (quad-core graphics)
GPU cores 4
RAM (Memory) <strong>RAM</strong> (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices. 2 GB
RAM Type LPDDR3 SDRAM
Internal Storage <strong>Internal Storage</strong> is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored. 16/32/64/128 GB
Card Slot <strong>Memory Card Slot</strong> is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras. No
Sensors <strong>Sensors</strong> are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device. Light
Accelerometer
Compass
Gyroscope
Barometer
Fingerprint

Connectivity

Bluetooth Version 4.0
Bluetooth Features <strong>Bluetooth</strong> is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices. A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile)
LE (Low Energy)
Infrared <strong>Infrared</strong> connectivity is an old wireless technology used to connect two electronic devices. It uses a beam of infrared light to transmit information and so requires direct line of sight and operates only at close range. No
Wi-Fi <strong>Wi-Fi</strong> is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world. 802.11a (IEEE 802.11a-1999)
802.11b (IEEE 802.11b-1999)
802.11g (IEEE 802.11g-2003)
802.11n (IEEE 802.11n-2009)
802.11n 5GHz
802.11ac (IEEE 802.11ac)
Dual band
Wi-Fi Hotspot
MiMO
USB Lightning, USB 2.0
GPS <strong>GPS</strong> The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky. GPS
A-GPS
GLONASS
NFC <strong>NFC</strong> (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inch.
HDMI <strong>HDMI</strong> (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a compact audio/video interface for transferring uncompressed video data and compressed or uncompressed digital audio data from a HDMI-compliant source device to a compatible computer monitor, video projector, digital television, or digital audio device. No

Battery

Battery Type <strong>Battery Type => </strong> Cell phones run on various kinds of batteries depending on the manufacturer, phone size or shape and features. There are basically four types of cell phone batteries => Lithium Polymer, Lithium Ion, Nickel Metal Hydride and Nickel Cadmium. Li-Poly (Lithium Polymer)
Capacity <strong>Battery Capacity</strong> is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions. 5124 mAh, (19.1 Wh)
Placement Non-removable

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