The iPad is more affordable than ever, thanks to recent price cuts from Apple to its 9.7-inch and mini line, along with better storage options and great internal tech. But if you already have an older 9.7-inch iPad or iPad mini, are these latest models worth the upgrade? Let's take a peek. Price If you're considering the 2017 iPad or iPad mini 4 instead of an upgrade to the iPad Pro, chances are it's at least in part pricing-related. Apple's two base-model iPads are the cheapest tablets the company has ever sold, and they're inexpensive without a huge compromise on great features. The iPads Pro begin at $649; in contrast, the 2017 iPad starts at $329, and the iPad mini 4 starts at $399. If you're on a budget, the 2017 iPad or iPad mini 4 are great options to upgrade from a previous iPad. If you're still unsure about which model you want for your home, schoolwork, or office, check out our comparison piece before continuing. Which iPad should you get: iPad, iPad Pro, or iPad mini? … [Read more...] about Should you upgrade to the iPad (2017) or iPad mini 4?
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Apple’s most recent quarter saw somewhat of a dip in iPad sales dropping over 18 percent and year-over-year has declined for the last 8 quarters. Maybe this is why the iPad Pro stole the show at Apple’s unveiling event this September, receiving an enormous amount of event time. Apple CEO Tim Cook poured over the device’s highly advanced productivity capabilities and its much larger display. Meanwhile, the new iPad Mini 4 earned barely a mention despite being long overdue for an upgrade from its predecessor. We’ve pitted the iPad Pro against the Mini 4 to see how the devices measure up against one another. iPad ProiPad Mini 4Size12 x 8.6 x 0.27 inches8.0 x 5.3 x 0.24 inchesWeight1.54 pounds0.73 poundsDisplay12.9-inch Retina display7.9-inch LED multi-touch displayResolution2,732 x 2,048 pixels2,048 x 1,536Operating SystemiOS 9iOS 9Storage32 or 128GB16, 64, or 128GBProcessorApple’s 64-bit A9X chip, M9 motion coprocessorApple’s 64-bit A7 chip, M8 … [Read more...] about iPad Pro vs. iPad Mini 4: Spec showdown
The iPad Mini occupies an interesting little niche in the Apple ecosystem, especially now that the iPhone Plus is out. It’s made to be a handheld pad with a bigger screen than an iPhone but more maneuverability than an iPad, sort of in the e-reader size. It seems Apple is intent on keeping the line going with the iPad Mini 4, so let’s take a look at what new with the latest Mini generation and how it stacks up to the Mini 3. Read: Best iPad Mini accessories Please note: The iPad Mini 4 is replacing the Mini 3 entirely, so the Mini 3 is discontinued going forward. For those of you considering which to purchase, this typically means that Mini 3 iPads will quickly sell out, pop up at discounted prices via re-sellers, and then become very hard to find – something to keep in mind if you want to buy one.DisplayApple loves updating its displays, but in this particular instance the iPad Mini remains relatively unchanged. The screen is still an LCD Retina display, and … [Read more...] about iPad mini 4 vs. iPad mini 3: Should you upgrade?
At $249.99, Asus' new Android-based ZenPad Z8 tablet could make you ponder why you should buy Apple's iPad Mini 4, which starts at $399.The Asus tablet will be available exclusively through Verizon Wireless, and will ship starting on June 23. It is ready for Verizon's LTE network in the U.S, and can be ordered online.The cellular-ready ZenPad Z8 will come with the latest Android version, Android M OS. A cellular-ready version of the iPad Mini 4 starts at $529.From a pure hardware standpoint, the Android tablet is comparable, and in some respects, offers more than than the iPad Mini 4. It ultimately comes down to whether you want Android or iOS on this sort of device.The 7.9-inch screen on the ZenPad Z8 displays images at a 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution, the same as the iPad Mini 4.A particularly nice feature in the ZenPad Z8 is the USB Type-C port, which can connect the tablet to external storage, monitors and other peripherals. The USB-C port also charges the tablet, and is emerging as … [Read more...] about Asus challenges the iPad Mini with the less-pricey ZenPad Z8
Update 9-13-2017: This article has been updated to reflect a price increase for the 256GB and 512GB models of the iPad Pro.So you’re in the market for a new iPad. Excellent choice—I couldn’t live without mine. It’s my companion when I’m catching up on news and email in the morning over tea, reading a comic book in the evening to unwind, or watching a movie while traveling on a plane.But these days, picking an iPad can be tricky. Apple currently sells four different models of iPad, with prices ranging from $329 to $1279. There are size, storage, color, and connectivity options to consider. All in all, there are 60 different variations of iPad from which to choose. So which iPad is right for you? Read on.This iPad Pro is definitely the biggest iPad, with a 12.9-inch diagonal screen. It’s a bit like someone ripped the screen off of a 13-inch laptop and turned it into an iPad. The iPad Pro models are also the fastest iOS device ever and offer … [Read more...] about iPad Pro vs. iPad mini 4 vs. iPad: Which one should you buy?
Although some forums and rumor sites suggested new models from Apple were imminent, the company surprised many people on March 21, 2017 when it took its online store offline for "maintenance," a move that previously often coincided with product releases. This time was no different.When the store returned, 32 GB iPad mini 2s and 4s and 32 GB and 128 GB iPad Air 2s were gone. In their place? A new 9.7-inch iPad and 128 GB iPad mini 4s, the latter priced $100 less than the day before. SEE: Apple's iPad refresh: 4 things business users need to know (TechRepublic) The new 9.7-inch iPad (which is listed with no additional moniker—just iPad) takes the place within Apple's tablet lineup formerly occupied by the iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 was powered by the Apple A8 CPU and M8 motion co-processor, sported a 9.7-inch display (2,048 x 1,536 pixels), and measured 9.4-inches high by 6.6-inches wide by 0.24-inches deep. The Wi-Fi model weighed .96 pounds. The new iPad possesses the same … [Read more...] about How Apple’s 2017 9.7″ iPad better fills the gap between iPad mini and iPad Pro models
At $249.99, Asus’ new Android-based ZenPad Z8 tablet could make you ponder why you should buy Apple’s iPad Mini 4, which starts at $399.The Asus tablet will be available exclusively through Verizon Wireless, and will ship starting on June 23. It is ready for Verizon’s LTE network in the U.S, and can be ordered online.The cellular-ready ZenPad Z8 will come with the latest Android version, Android M OS. A cellular-ready version of the iPad Mini 4 starts at $529.From a pure hardware standpoint, the Android tablet is comparable, and in some respects, offers more than than the iPad Mini 4. It ultimately comes down to whether you want Android or iOS on this sort of device.The 7.9-inch screen on the ZenPad Z8 displays images at a 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution, the same as the iPad Mini 4.A particularly nice feature in the ZenPad Z8 is the USB Type-C port, which can connect the tablet to external storage, monitors and other peripherals. The USB-C port also charges the tablet, … [Read more...] about Asus challenges Apple’s iPad Mini with the less-pricey ZenPad Z8
One of the products that Apple updated in the last week was the iPad mini 4. The only real change to this product was bumping the storage space up to 128GB. This was a massive storage bump as before the same $399 model had a scant 32GB of storage. That old 32GB version has now been discontinued.Other than the increase in storage capacity, no other changes were made. The new iPad mini 4 has the same Apple A8 processor and display measuring 7.9-inches. The resolution of that display is 2048 x 1536 with 326 ppi. The screen is coated with a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating. The A8 processor is paired with an m8 motion coprocessor.The iPad mini 4 has an 8MP camera, autofocus, auto HDR, burst mode, timer, five element lens, backside illumination sensor, auto image stabilization, face detection, and more. The tablet can record video in 1080p at 30fps and in slow mo up to 120 fps. Time lapse mode is supported and the tablet has improved facial detection.On the front of the tablet is … [Read more...] about IPad Mini 4 Gets More Storage, Keeps Same Price
Just last week, Apple gave us very brief hardware details regarding the iPad mini 4. iFixit, which is a repair firm, gathered a few further details by dismantling the device.The report from iFixit confirmed that iPad mini 4 has 2 GB RAM. This amount of RAM is better and it ensures better performance for the system.The device is 1.4mm thinner than its predecessor; iPad mini 3. It has round speaker ports similar to the iPad Pro and iPad Air 2.The mini tablet has a completely covered retina display. This change in display is meant to provide users with a quality visual experience.The most important part of this teardown is the knowledge related to battery. The iPad mini 4 has a small 5,124mAh single cell battery.Apple says that the battery can be utilized for ten hours straight on Wi-Fi models or nine hours for cellular versions.This is definitely a plus point for the iPad Mini 4 because smaller battery means slim appearance and the drop of capacity from 6,471mAh (iPad mini 3) is also … [Read more...] about Apple IPad Mini 4 Goes Through Teardown By IFixit
A slightly slimmer design, speedier performance and improved multitasking could make the new iPad mini 4 ($399) better for business than last year's model. The new version was announced last week alongside the megasized, productivity-focused iPad Pro, a new 13-inch iPad that works with a keyboard and stylus. While that product is a radical departure from the established iPad formula, the new iPad mini stays the course, with a design that looks nearly identical to last year's iPad mini 3, but adds a few key extras that workers should really appreciate. Here's a quick rundown on what to expect.As usual, a new round of iPads brings the obligatory performance upgrades. But Apple is also doing a lot to beef up the iPad mini 4's hardware compared to last year's iPad mini 3. In fact, the fourth-generation device will now run on the same A8X chip that powers the larger iPad Air 2. That's a huge upgrade; on the Geekbench 3 benchmark test, the iPad Air 2 scored a blazing-fast … [Read more...] about Apple iPad Mini 4: Is It Good for Business?