Apple held a new conference on the past October 23rd. Not a surprise, the conference come along with the arrival of the long-awaited iPad mini. Besides, as a surprise, iPad 4 was also released in a rush. Many people are curious about what the difference lie in among the iPad mini, iPad 4 and the previous iPad 2 and the new iPad. This post is here to give a detailed comparison of the iPad series devices from their configurations.
First, let’s have a check of the chart below to compare the configurations of iPad mini, iPad 4, the new iPad and iPad 2.
iPad 4 vs iPad 3 (The new iPad)
Overall, there are not many enhances in the iPad 4 compared to the short-lived the new iPad. The most obvious difference between these two devices from the appearance is that iPad 4 is equipped with the latest 8 pin Lightning interface. And the main enhance in the internal configuration is that iPad uses 1GHz dual-core A6X process, which delivers up to twice the CPU and graphics performance of the A5X chip used in the new iPad. And the front camera has also been increased to 1.2MP from the previous 0.3MP.
iPad mini vs iPad 2
Compared to the iPad 4 and the short-lived new iPad, iPad mini is more like a miniature version of iPad 2. It is equipped with a dual-core A5 processor and 512MB RAM memory as well as iPad 2. However, iPad mini also uses 1.2MP front camera and 5MP rear camera to keep consistent with iPad 4 rather than iPad 2.
Overall Comparison of iPad mini, iPad 2, the new iPad and iPad 4
From the view of the network and external connection, the newly announced two iPad devices will support LTE 4G network, 8-pin Lightning conn and Bluetooth 4.0 function. And from the specific price of each device, there is not any change between the new iPad and iPad 4. But the price of the latter will gradually replace the former. While iPad mini price is starting at $329 (WiFi only) and $459, which is not so affordable compared to iPad 2 and many other tablets in the market.
Just as you can see from the comparison above, there are not many changes in the iPad mini and iPad 4. So, once you usually use iPad at home and already have the new iPad or iPad 2 in hand right this moment, then you have no need to spend money for getting an iPad mini or an iPad 4. The current iPad in your hand is enough to help you. If you once want to experience a new device or you usually need to carry your iPad out, then the cheaper, smaller and thinner iPad mini would be a good choice for you.