DisplayMate: iPad Mini 4 Has Lowest Screen Reflectance of Any Mobile Display

In its hands-on, Cnet writes, “The new iOS 9 on the Mini 4 feels like a ideal fit, and that might be the best reason to look into this iPad“.


Analysts had positive things to say about the new iPhones and iPad Pro tablet but weren’t as impressed with the new Apple TV, which they said now matches the capabilities of other set-top streaming boxes at a higher price.

However, there is no official announcement from Apple about iPad Air 3 yet. That trend has changed with the iPad Mini 4, however.

Alongside these improvements, the mini 4 still contains an 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.2-megapixel FaceTime camera, Bluetooth 4, 802.11ac Wi-Fi (or 4G LTE if you opt for that model), and the Apple-standard Lightning connector. Now, a teardown by iFixit has confirmed Apple’s previous claims that the iPad mini 4 would be a smaller variant of the iPad Air 2, but comes with an altered component layout.

Similarly, the screen of the iPad mini 4 is also fully laminated and sports an anti-reflective coating just like the iPad Air 2.

Historically, the iPad Mini hasn’t fared as well as its larger siblings in DisplayMate’s screen test results. This means the number of colors and the accuracy at which they can be displayed is far greater than on the mini 4. Yet, effectively lost amid the talk about all these other products was the iPad Mini 4, the company’s smallest and lightest slate. Apple’s tech specs assure us that there has been no loss of battery life, which I can verify after a week of regular use.


Now the good news is that if you still love the iPad mini lineup and are considering the recently launched iPad mini 4, you might be pleased to learn that Apple has upgraded the display quality of the tablet. If you liked the design before and don’t already have a huge phone, this is a really versatile little tablet. With an 8MP sensor and better internals, the new Mini is now on par with the iPhone 5s; which means HDR and burst-mode photos, and slow-motion video. Both are completely backwards compatible with previous hardware iterations. The steep pricing puts Apple’s Mini tablet in the ballpark of Samsung’s full sized Galaxy Tab S2, with its equivalent 32GB model retailing from $599.

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