It’s always exciting to see a product evolve and enter a new era of technology. It’s often the custom of companies to release sequels to their popular devices, and Apple’s iPad Mini series is no exception. Reaching its 4th iteration, people are beginning to wonder what is it about the iPad Mini 4 that is worth upgrading if you already have an iPad Mini 3, or, if the Mini 3 is a good enough device to buy if you don’t have a tablet at all. If the answer is yes, many believe they can snub the Mini 4 in favor of a good enough, cheaper device. Here is a comparison between the two so you can see just what has changed.
The Mini 3 comes with a 7.9 inch display that uses IPS LCD technology. It is capable of producing a maximum resolution of 1536 x 2048 and features a pixel density of 324 ppi.
On the other hand, the Mini 4 comes with the same display solution as its predecessor. With virtually nothing changes, the same 7.9 inch display with 324 ppi is present. It comes with the same resolution, naturally, of 1536 x 2048.
Apple’s Mini 3 features a 1.3 GHz dual core Cyclone processor, and the PowerVR G6430 graphics processor. It’s a sturdy setup, but it has been since surpassed by its successor. The device also comes with 1 GB TAM and up to 128 GB of internal storage.
Mini 4 first kick into superior gear and starts to leave the Mini 3 behind here. It comes with a Typhoon processor, a dual core chip clocked at 1.5 GHz, and the GX6450 model of the PowerVR graphics. The storage capacity has the same limit of 128 GB but RAM memory has climbed up to 2 GB.
The Mini 3 has a 5 MP main camera lens but is backed up by the 1.2 MP front panel lens. It is capable of recording 1080p at 30 fps and comes with important features like FaceTime.
There have been major improvements on the camera side, with 8 MP on the back panel camera and a 1.2 MP front panel camera in support. The device can record 1080p and comes with HDR support.