In March 2017, Apple limited its thinnest and lightest iPad, the Mini 4, to a single configuration with 128GB of storage, costing $399 for the Wi-Fi model and $529 for the Wi-Fi and cellular edition. (See international pricing below.)
Today, Apple announced its newest 9.7-inch iPad with support for Apple's Pencil stylus and powered by a fast A10 Fusion chip for $329 (£319 in the UK, AU$469 in Australia) with 32GB of storage. By comparison, the Mini 4, announced originally in September 2015, is woefully outdated and expensive. And yet, Apple is keeping it in the iPad lineup -- for now.
|Starts at||Display||Processors||Memory||Back camera||FaceTime camera|
|$329, £319, AU$469||265 ppi||A10 Fusion||32GB, 128GB||8MP, 1080p video||1.2MP, 720p video|
|$399, £419, AU$579||326 ppi||A8, M8||128GB||8MP, 1080p video||1.2MP, 720p video|
|$649, £619, AU$979||264 ppi, P3 gamut||A10X, M10||64GB, 256GB, 512GB||12MP, 4K video||7MP, 1080p video|
|$799, £769, AU$1,199||264 ppi, P3 gamut||A10X, M10||64GB, 256GB, 512GB||12MP, 4K video||7MP, 1080p video|
The relevance of 7.9-inch iPad Mini -- at any price -- appeared to be waning by 2016 and definitely by 2017. Unlike the 9.7-inch iPads or larger Pro models, the Mini was never great for getting work done. It's best as an e-reader or for entertainment, especially the current Mini 4 and its large 128GB capacity. But Apple's own 5.5-inch iPhone Plus along with other big-screen phones and cheaper iPad alternatives with expandable storage make more sense at this point.
Unless you're fully invested in Apple media and apps and really need the smallest possible iPad to travel, you should probably rule out buying a Mini 4. At $399, you're literally not getting much iPad for your money, so maybe it is time for Apple to just put an end to the Mini once and for all.