iPad mini Is iPad mini 4 still viable?

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Should I get the mini 4 128gb?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

    17 vote(s)
    28.3%
  1. eeqlaehuje macrumors newbie

    eeqlaehuje

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    I had the original mini and mini 2, but sold them both. For the last year I was ipad-free. Right now, I'm considering buying another one. I would have liked to get 9.7 pro primarily for True Tone display, but it's just too expensive for me. I'm in between mini 4 and 2017 ipad. For portability and display I'm considering the mini 4, but I'm at two minds about the processing power. How does it work on 10.3.1? By the way my main uses will be browsing, streaming and reading comics. I don't play games too much. So I guess my question is will it be enough? Would anyone recommend it?
     
  2. Freakonomics101 macrumors 65816

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    I'd go with the new one since it has the better processor
     
  3. ramblapacifica macrumors newbie

    ramblapacifica

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    i use the iPad mini4 for pretty much your uses: browsing, news reading, streaming, email, no gaming. primarily i use it when traveling where its size and weight matter. the earlier minis got sluggish as the iOS updated into 8 so i dumped the earlier mini. no complaints on 10.3.1with the mini 4.

    i find the larger iPads cumbersome to hold for any length of time, so far me the mini 4 works great. in the end its all personal preference. many will argue exactly the opposite, try both at an apple store and decide.
     
  4. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    I would consider the new 9.7 iPad. As you mentioned, your media based needs seems it would be best suited around a larger display with the A9 processor. Mainly you get a larger viewing experience for streaming and and any other media wants.

    The biggest advantage for the Mini 4 is mobility. If you travel and a larger display isn't something you are concerned with, the Mini 4 might work best. The drawback being it's not as powerful as the 9.7 iPad.
     
  5. mossme89 macrumors 6502

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    Get the $329 iPad. Or wait for an update, which might be soon.
     
  6. Dunbar macrumors 6502a

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    The processor and fingerprint scanner are out of the iPhone 6 so it's pretty old hardware at this point. I would wait for an update or go with the new $329 iPad.
     
  7. WRXiceman macrumors 6502

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    I just picked up a second hand 32GB iPad mini 4 for £200!

    Such a bargain for an amazing tablet that's super portable. I love it.
     
  8. Kostas3000 macrumors member

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    iPad mini 4 is still good for now, but you are not future proofing yourself.
    Either get the new iPad or wait for mini 5 (whenever that comes)
     
  9. WRXiceman macrumors 6502

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    I don't think buying the new iPad is future proofing yourself either.

    That's just a cheap entry level iPad, a good one at that but still.
     
  10. Loge macrumors 68020

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    iPad mini 4 is 2/3 the weight, has a better screen, higher pixel density and is thinner. If portability is important, I would say that is the one to get.
     
  11. gobikerider macrumors 68000

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    I agree if you can wait I'd give it a extra week, Apple could surprise us again.
     
  12. joeblow7777, Apr 9, 2017
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    joeblow7777 macrumors 601

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    If you prefer the smaller form factor, the Mini 4 is still a great tablet. I'm using mine all the time, including right now. As far as "future proofing" goes, the Mini 4 still matches the more current iPads in most specs, with the only notable exception being the processor, which is actually only one generation behind the A9 in the 2017 iPad. So I think that it still has some years to go before it is obsolete.

    There also doesn't seem to be any real indication that a Mini 5 is coming in the immediate future.
     
  13. gobikerider macrumors 68000

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    If anything there will be a refreshed "iPad Mini" with a A9 and the body of a Mini 2, it will be a mini version of the budget iPad, as sales of Mini decline I don't expect Apple to give it any special treatment with a "Pro" model
     
  14. joeblow7777 macrumors 601

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    Pencil support could be pretty good, but aside from that, Apple enjoys promoting the iPad Pros as tablets that can replace laptops, and the Mini is too small for that for most people.
     
  15. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

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    I don't think they will do that. It's confusing enough to go from iPad Air 2 to just "iPad", but to go from iPad mini 4 back to "iPad mini" just wouldn't make sense.

    If they do launch an iPad mini 5, they're gonna try to squeeze margins by offering it at $399 and above. They don't want to offer cheaper iPads because it decreases the average cost per unit (and they know they can get people to pay more for the mini form-factor).
     
  16. gobikerider macrumors 68000

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    I find it hard to see Apple keeping the Mini # scheme as they seem to be simplyfying the naming scheme across the lineup, it would be odd to have a Mini 5 and everything else not numbered, I think Apple's late 2017 iPad lineup will be two simple categories
    *iPad and iPad Mini (Basic iPads for people that don't need bells and whistles)
    *iPad Pro (top of the line, latest technologies for people that want the iPad to be their ultimate mobile computing device)
     
  17. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

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    That's fair, we are taking about the company that brought us "The New iPad" and "iPad with Retina Display", so anything is possible I guess :D
     
  18. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    If an April refresh is imminent, I imagine it will be in the next week or so, with the invites being sent a week prior. I still think A late Fall Release for the new iPad is more likely, which would be around the two year anniversary of the 12.9 iPad in November.
     
  19. gobikerider macrumors 68000

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    I think invites this week, event next week. Something is going to happen I promise
     
  20. MrGimper macrumors 601

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    If portability is the prime factor, then given the choice between 9.7 iPads I would recommend a refurb Air 2 over the "new" iPad, considering the Air 2 is thinner and lighter (and has a better screen)

    Obviously the Mini 4 is more portable than either.
     
  21. profets macrumors 68040

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    I think if they do care about the mini form factor, then they'll simplify the line up even more and just call it iPad (7.9 and 9.7) and iPad Pro (10.5 and 12.9). But I feel like they're treating the mini more of a niche product and are just going to let it linger with an update every few years, a la iPod touch.
     
  22. Badrottie Suspended

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    You don't play games then Mini 4 needs you....
     
  23. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    What size smartphone do you have? If you already an iPhone Plus or similar, then go 9.7.
     
  24. Reno Raines macrumors 6502a

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    This is what I did and it is a great buy for the money unless the size is not to your liking.
     
  25. eeqlaehuje thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have SE, so even the mini is big enough I think
     

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