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This article is about the line of devices. For the first-generation device marketed with this name, see iPad Mini (1st generation).
Not to be confused with iPod Mini.

iPad Mini (branded and marketed as iPad mini) is a line of mini tablet computers designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. It is a sub-series of the iPad line of tablets, with a reduced screen size of 7.9 inches, in contrast to the standard 9.7 inches. The first generation iPad Mini was announced on October 23, 2012, and was released on November 2, 2012, in nearly all of Apple's markets.[3][4][5][6] It features similar internal specifications to the iPad 2, including its display resolution.

The second generation iPad Mini, with a faster processor and a Retina Display, was announced on October 22, 2013 and released on November 12, 2013.

The third generation iPad Mini was announced on October 16, 2014 and was released on October 24, 2014; it features the same hardware as the Mini 2 and the addition of a Touch ID fingerprint sensor compatible with Apple Pay.[7]

On September 9, 2015, Apple released the iPad Mini 4.


On October 16, 2012, Apple announced plans for a media event on October 23 at the California Theatre in San Jose, California.[8][9] The company did not give the subject of the event, but it was widely expected to be the iPad Mini.[10] At the event, Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced a new version of MacBook family and new generations of the MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, and the iMac, then unveiled the fourth-generation iPad and the iPad Mini.[11]



See also: iOS, iOS 6, iOS 7, iOS 8 and iOS 9
iOS 8 running on iPad Mini with Retina Display.

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.[12] Like all iOS devices, the iPad can sync content and other data with a Mac or PC using iTunes and to Apple's iCloud online service. 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.[13] iPads offer dictation when connected to a Wi-Fi or cellular network.[14]

Applications from Apple and third-party developers can be downloaded through the App Store, an application distribution market for iOS that is maintained and regulated by Apple. The service allows users to browse and purchase applications. Optional apps from Apple that can be purchased through the App Store include GarageBand, iMovie, iPhoto, and the iWork apps (Pages, Keynote, and Numbers) are available.[15]

The device has an optional iBooks application, which displays books and other ePub-format content downloaded from the iBookstore.[16] Several major book publishers including Penguin Books, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster and Macmillan have committed to publishing books for the device.[17] Despite the iPad being a direct competitor to both the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook,[18] both Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble offer e-reader apps for the iPad.[19][20]

The current version of iOS is iOS 9, which all iPad Mini models can run; older models can upgrade to it as a free download. The first generation iPad Mini shipped with iOS 6.0.[21]

On June 8, 2015, it was announced at the WWDC that all three generations of the iPad Mini would support iOS 9. However, certain new multitasking features, such as Slide Over and Picture in Picture, will be limited to the second and third generation. Split View, another new multitasking feature, is only available on the iPad Mini 4.[22]


See also: iPad hardware
Size comparison between iPad Mini and iPad 3rd/4th generation.

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 aluminum 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.[5] The tablet is manufactured either 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 is available with 16, 32, 64 and 128 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 first generation iPad Mini features partially the same hardware as the iPad 2. Both screens have resolutions of 1024x768, but the iPad Mini has a smaller screen and thus higher pixel density than iPad 2 (163 PPI vs. 132 PPI).[5] Unlike the iPad 2, it has 5 MP and 1.2 MP cameras and the Lightning connector. The system-on-chip is A5, which is the same one found in the later revision of the iPad 2 (32 nm). The audio processor is the same found 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 first generation iPad Mini is the same one found in the iPad 2 (PowerVR SGX543MP2).[23]

iPads with a data connection can download data through cellphone networks, but can not make voice calls. They can act as a hotspot, sharing the Internet connection over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB.[14]


Apple Lightning connector
Main article: iPad accessories

The Smart Cover, introduced with the iPad 2, is a screen protector that magnetically attaches to the face of the iPad. A smaller version is now available for iPad Mini. The cover has three folds, which allow it to convert into a stand, held together by magnets.[24] Smart Covers have a microfiber bottom that cleans the front of the iPad, and wakes up the unit when the cover is removed. It comes in six colors of polyurethane.[25][26]

Apple offers other accessories, including a Bluetooth keyboard, several types of earbuds or headphones and many adapters for the Lightning connector.[27] AppleCare and free engraving are also available for the iPad Mini.[28][29]

Model comparison[edit]

The most recent model is the iPad Mini 4. The iPad models are listed in a comparison grid.

Further information: iPad technical specifications
Model iPad Mini (1st generation) iPad Mini 2 iPad Mini 3 iPad Mini 4
Model Number A1432 (WiFi)
A1454 (WiFi + Cellular)
A1455 (WiFi + Cellular MM)
A1489 (WiFi)
A1490 (WiFi + Cellular)
A1491 (WiFi + Cellular TD-LTE)
A1599 (WiFi)
A1600 (WiFi + Cellular)
A1601 (WiFi + Cellular TD-LTE)
A1538 (WiFi)
A1550 (WiFi + Cellular)
Status Discontinued Available Discontinued Available
Announcement date October 23, 2012 October 22, 2013 October 16, 2014 September 9, 2015
Release date November 2, 2012 November 12, 2013 October 24, 2014 September 9, 2015
Discontinued 32, 64 GB: October 22, 2013
16 GB: June 19, 2015
64, 128 GB: October 16, 2014
16, 32 GB: In production
16, 64, 128 GB: September 9, 2015 16, 64, 128 GB: In production
Launch Price Wi-Fi models:
16 GB $329, 32 GB $429, 64 GB $529
Wi-Fi + Cellular models:
16 GB $459, 32 GB $559, 64 GB $659
Wi-Fi models:
16 GB $399, 32 GB $499, 64 GB $599, 128 GB $699
Wi-Fi + Cellular models:
16 GB $529, 32 GB $629, 64 GB $729, 128 GB $829
Wi-Fi models:
16 GB $399, 64 GB $499, 128 GB $599
Wi-Fi + Cellular models:
16 GB $529, 64 GB $629, 128 GB $729
SoC Apple A5 Apple A7 Apple A8
Motion coprocessor N/A Apple M7 Apple M8
CPU 1 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 1.3 GHz dual-core Apple Cyclone 1.5 GHz dual-core Apple Typhoon
GPU Dual-core PowerVR SGX543MP2 Quad-core PowerVR G6430 Quad-core PowerVR GX6450
Memory 512 MB DDR2 RAM built into Apple A5 package 1024 MB LPDDR3 RAM 2048 MB LPDDR3 RAM
Storage 16, 32, or 64 GB 16, 32, 64, or 128 GB 16, 64, or 128 GB
Display 7.9 inches (200 mm) multi-touch display with LED backlighting and a fingerprint and scratch-resistant coating
1024×768 pixels at 163 ppi 2048×1536 pixels at 326 ppi (Retina Display)
Camera Back 1080p HD still and video camera
5 MP, 30fps and 5× digital zoom
1080p HD still and video camera
8 MP, 30fps and 5× digital zoom
Front 1.2 MP still, 720p video
Wireless Wi-Fi Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0 Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Wi-Fi + Cellular In addition to above:
3G transitional LTE on Cellular model
Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
(supports Apple SIM)
Geolocation Wi-Fi Wi-Fi, Apple location databases
Wi-Fi + Cellular Assisted GPS, GLONASS, Apple databases, Cellular network
Sensors Accelerometer, gyroscope, ambient light sensor, magnetometer Accelerometer, gyroscope, ambient light sensor, magnetometer, Touch ID Accelerometer, gyroscope, ambient light sensor, magnetometer, Touch ID, barometer
Battery Built-in lithium-ion polymer battery.

browsing: 10 hours (Wi-Fi), 9 hours (3G/Cellular); video: 10 hours; audio: 140 hours; standby: 1 month

Color Back Silver, Slate Silver, Space Grey Silver, Gold, Space Grey
Front White, Black
Initial operating system iOS 6.0 iOS 7.0 iOS 8.1 iOS 9.0
Highest supported operating system iOS 9.1
Dimensions 7.87 in × 5.3 in × 0.28 in (200 mm × 135 mm × 7 mm) 7.87 in × 5.3 in × 0.29 in (200 mm × 135 mm × 7 mm) 8 in × 5.3 in × 0.24 in (203 mm × 135 mm × 6 mm)
Weight Wi-Fi model: 0.68 lb (310 g)
Wi-Fi + Cellular model: 0.69 lb (310 g)
Wi-Fi model: 0.73 lb (330 g)
Wi-Fi + Cellular model: 0.75 lb (340 g)
Wi-Fi model: 0.65 lb (290 g)
Wi-Fi + Cellular model: 0.67 lb (300 g)
Mechanical keys Home, sleep, volume rocker, variable (mute sound and rotation lock) function switch Home, sleep, volume rocker
Connector Lightning
Greenhouse gas emissions 95 kg CO2e 170 kg CO2e
Model iPad Mini (1st generation) iPad Mini 2 iPad Mini 3 iPad Mini 4


Reviews of the first generation iPad Mini have been positive,[30][31][32][33][34][35] with reviewers praising the device's size, design, and availability of applications, while criticizing its use of a proprietary power connector and its lack of expandable storage and Retina Display for the first generation iPad Mini.[31][36][37] The device competes with tablets such as the Amazon Kindle Fire HD, Google Nexus 7, and Barnes & Noble Nook HD.[36][38] Joshua Topolsky of The Verge praised the industrial design of the iPad Mini, however panned its lack of Retina Display and price.[35] The iPad Mini 2 was well received, praising the Retina Display and Apple A7 chip performance, with criticisms on the price increase and the quality of the camera.[39][40]

Criticism of setup mode[edit]

Setup without access to Wi-Fi or an Internet-connected computer with iTunes cannot be completed. Even running the setup process in places with free mobile Internet may not work, should a network log-in be necessary.[41][42][43]


iPad Pro iPad Mini 4 iPad Mini 3 iPad Mini 2 iPad Mini (1st generation) iPad Air 2 iPad Air IPad (4th generation) IPad (3rd generation) iPad 2 IPad (1st generation)
Source: Apple press release library[44]

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