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Apple iPad Mini (Wi-Fi + Cellular) 1st Gen Technical Specifications
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Apple iPad Mini (Wi-Fi + Cellular) 1st Generation Review and Features
The first-generation iPad Mini (stylised and marketed as iPad mini) is a mini tablet computer designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. It was announced on October 23, 2012, as the fourth major product in the iPad line and the first of the iPad Mini line, which features a reduced screen size of 7.9 inch (20 cm), in contrast to the standard 9.7 inch (25 cm). It features similar internal specifications to the iPad 2, including its display resolution.
The first-generation iPad Mini received positive reviews, with reviewers praising the device’s size, design, and availability of applications while criticising its use of a proprietary power connector, its lack of expandable storage, its under-powered Apple A5 chip with 512 MB RAM, and the lack of a Retina display.
The iPad Mini shipped with iOS 6.0. It can act as a hotspot with some carriers, sharing its Internet connection over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB. It can also access the App Store, a digital application distribution platform for iOS that is developed and maintained by Apple.
The service allows users to browse and download applications from the iTunes Store that were developed with Xcode and the iOS SDK and were published through Apple. From the App Store, GarageBand, iMovie, iPhoto, and the iWork apps (Pages, Keynote, and Numbers) are available. Currently, the latest versions are iOS 9.3.6 (for Wi-Fi+Cellular models) and iOS 9.3.5 (for Wi-Fi-only models)
The iPad Mini comes with several pre-installed applications, including Siri, Safari, Mail, Photos, Video, Music, iTunes, App Store, Maps, Notes, Calendar, Game Center, Photo Booth, and Contacts.
Like all iOS devices, the iPad can sync content and other data with a Mac or PC using iTunes, although iOS 5 and later can be managed and backed up with iCloud. Although the tablet is not designed to make telephone calls over a cellular network, users can use a headset or the built-in speaker and microphone and place phone calls over Wi-Fi or cellular using a VoIP application, such as Skype.
The device has dictation, using the same voice recognition technology as the iPhone 4S. The user speaks, and the iPad types what they say on the screen provided that the iPad is connected to a Wi-Fi or cellular network.
On September 17, 2014, iOS 8 was released to the first-generation iPad Mini and all Apple Devices. However, some newer features of the software are not supported due to relatively aged hardware that was shared on the iPad 2.
On September 16, 2015, the iPad Mini received the iOS 9 update but didn’t have the new multitasking features featured on the other iPads.
On June 13, 2016, Apple announced the iOS 10 update – with some major updates to the mobile operating system. However, the iPad Mini did not receive this update (along with other devices using the A5 processor, including the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation), and iPod Touch (5th generation) due to hardware limitations.
While Apple stopping the latest iOS updates for the iPad Mini was expected by many in the industry, it has led to some criticism, as the device was on sale until June 2015. By June 2016, no other operating system versions beyond iOS 9 were to be made available to the tablet.
There are four buttons and one switch on the iPad Mini, including a “home” button near the display that returns the user to the home screen and three aluminium buttons on the right side and top: wake/sleep and volume up and volume down, plus a software-controlled switch whose function varies with software updates.
The tablet is manufactured with or without the capability to communicate over a cellular network. All models can connect to a wireless LAN via Wi-Fi. The iPad Mini has 16, 32, and 64 GB of internal flash memory, with no expansion option. Apple sells a “camera connection kit” with an SD card reader, but it can only be used to transfer photos and videos.
The iPad Mini partially features the same hardware as the iPad 2. Both screens have 1024 x 768, but the iPad Mini has a smaller screen and thus higher pixel density than the iPad 2 (163 PPI vs 132 PPI). Unlike the iPad 2, it has 5 MP and 1.2 MP cameras and a Lightning connector. The system-on-chip is A5, the same one found in the later revision of the iPad 2 (32 nm).
The audio processor is the same in iPhone 5 and iPad 4th generation, which allows the iPad Mini to have Siri and voice dictation, unlike the iPad 2. The graphics processor (GPU) of the iPad Mini is the same one found in the iPad 2 (PowerVR SGX543MP2).
The iPad Mini was initially featured with slate and silver colours, however, on the release of the Mini 2, the slate colour was changed to space grey; the silver colour remained.
What are the specifications of the Apple iPad Mini 1st Generation tablet?
Here’s a summary of the technical specifications for the Apple iPad Mini 1st Generation tablet:
- Processor/CPU: Dual-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A9 Apple A5
- RAM: 512 MB
- Internal Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB
- Display/Resolution: 10.9″ 1640×2360 pixels
- GPU/Graphics: PowerVR SGX543MP2
- Camera: 5MP 1080p
- Battery: Li-Po 4490 mAh
- Colours: Space Gray, Starlight, Pink, Purple, Blue
Full Technical Specifications
|Device Type||Tablet Computer|
|Announced||23 October, 2012|
|Released||02 November, 2012|
|Successor||iPad Mini 2|
|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|
200 mm (millimeters)
20 cm (centimeters)
0.656 ft (feet)
7.874 in (inches)
134.7 mm (millimeters)
13.47 cm (centimeters)
0.442 ft (feet)
5.303 in (inches)
7.2 mm (millimeters)
0.72 cm (centimeters)
0.024 ft (feet)
0.283 in (inches)
193.97 cm³ (cubic centimeters)
11.78 in³ (cubic inches)
308 g (grams)
0.68 lbs (pounds)
10.86 oz (ounces)
|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 850 MHz
GSM 900 MHz
GSM 1800 MHz
GSM 1900 MHz
CDMA 800 MHz (A1455)
CDMA 1900 MHz (A1455)
1xEV-DO Rev. A (A1455)
UMTS 850 MHz
UMTS 900 MHz
UMTS 1900 MHz
UMTS 2100 MHz
LTE 700 MHz Class 17 (A1454)
LTE 850 MHz (A1455)
LTE 1700/2100 MHz (A1454)
LTE 1800 MHz (A1455)
LTE 1900 MHz (A1455)
LTE 2100 MHz (A1455)
|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|
|Resolution||768 x 1024 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||(~71.7% 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.||162 PPI density|
Oleophobic (lipophobic) coating
|Audio File Formats||
AAC (Advanced Audio Coding)
M4A (MPEG-4 Audio, .m4a)
MP3 (MPEG-2 Audio Layer II, .mp3)
|Video File Formats||
QuickTime (.mov, .qt)
|Loudspeaker||Yes, with stereo speakers|
|3.5mm Audio jack||Yes|
|Number of cameras||1|
5 MP, AF
2592 x 1944 pixels
5.04 MP (megapixels)
1920 x 1080 pixels
2.07 MP (megapixels)
|Video FPS||30 fps (frames per second)|
|Number of cameras||1|
|Main cameras||1.2 MP|
1280 x 720 pixels
0.92 MP (megapixels)
|Video FPS||30 fps (frames per second)|
|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.||iPadOS 15.4, up to iPadOS 15.5, planned upgrade to iPadOS 16|
|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 iOS|
|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 A5 APL2498|
|SoC Process Technology||32 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 1.0 GHz Cortex-A9|
|CPU bits||32 bit|
|CPU frequency||1000 MHz (megahertz)|
|Level 1 cache memory (L1)||
32 KB + 32 KB (kilobytes)
|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 SGX543MP2|
|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.||512 MB|
|RAM Type||LPDDR2 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 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|
|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)
EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
|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)
|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.||No|
|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 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.||4490 mAh, (16.7 Wh)|