iPad mini 4
In a quiet iPad refresh this week Apple removed the iPad mini 2 from its website in favor of a more affordable 9.7-inch model. The newly released iPad replaced not only the iPad Air 2, but it is also now the cheapest available model starting at $329. The iPad mini 4 remains as Apple's last remaining 7.9-inch tablet.
There have been all kinds of rumors about the future of Apple ever since the company posted its first decline is sales in 2016. Apple saw a slump across all product lines, but the iPad has seen the biggest slide as interest in tablets has slowly declined over the years. This and the introduction of larger handsets have made many ponder about the fate of Apple's 7.9-inch tablet, the iPad mini.
The last iPad mini model was released over a year ago on September 5th. Apple has since released two iPad Pro models, but there hasn't been much chatter about a fifth-generation mini in the rumor mill. Some analysts believe that Apple plans to discontinue the smaller tablet since its sales are being cannibalized by the larger iPhone Plus models.
Amongst a flurry of announcements at CES 2016, Incipio today announced five new iPad keyboards from their ClamCase label. The new lineup of ClamCase keyboards include the ClamCase+ for the iPad Pro and iPad Air 2, ClamCase Prompt for iPad Air 2, ClamCase+ Power for iPad Air 2 and ClamCase Pro for iPad mini 4.
The first two days of CES are reserved for press releases and invite only press conferences before the convention officially kicks off in Las Vegas on January 6. LG already has the tech world talking with the announcment of its "18-inch rollable display that can be rolled-up like a newspaper,"
and 55-inch double-sided display. All eyes are also on Fitbit who will hold the first CES press conference at 7:30 a.m. on January 5. The fitness tracking company is expected to get the jump on the Apple Watch 2 by announcing its new line of wearable devices with upgraded features.
The iPad mini 4 does not support Always-on Siri. Only Apple devices with an A9 chip support this feature. They include the iPad Pro, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. All iOS 8 devices do support the "Hey Siri" feature, but they need to be connected to a power source to work. This includes the iPod touch fifth- and sixth generation, iPhone 4s and later, iPad 2 and later. Users who install iOS 9 will need to set up the "Hey Siri" feature even if they had it enabled before. Click here to set up "Hey Siri" in iOS 9.
Should you upgrade to the iPad mini 4 from the iPad mini 3? That depends on what you're looking for. The fourth-generation iPad mini is a significant upgrade from its predecessor, and it is being referred to as a mini version of the iPad Air 2. It is Apple's most powerful 7.9-inch tablet with speeds that match the powerful iPhone 6. It is around 20% faster than the iPad mini 2 and 3.
After conducting an analysis of the iPad mini 4, DisplayMate has determined that the fourth-generation tablet has become "a full fledged respectable iPad family member with a high performance display that Steve Jobs would be proud of." The 7.9-inch tablet features a record low 2.0 percent screen reflectance, beating the iPad Air 2, and it matches the color accuracy of all current iPad and iPhone models.
Only the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus iSight cameras are able to snap Live Photos, but they can be viewed on other iOS devices and Mac computers. Live Photos are animated images like .GIFs, not videos, according to Apple. The new iSight camera snaps an extra 1.5 seconds of footage when taking a photo giving images animated like movement.
The fourth-generation iPad mini is a great option for watching movies. Not only is it Apple's fastest and most powerful 7.9-inch tablet, but it is equipped with a Retina display with 2048-by-1536 resolution at 326 pixels per inch (ppi). It is powered by Apple's 64-bit 8A chip and it includes stereo speakers plus a 3.55 mm headphone jack. The tablet supports AirPlay Mirroring for the Apple TV 2 and later, and it is capable of streaming video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second. It also supports multiple movie file formats such as .m4v, .mp4 and .mov.