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IPad Mini

iPad Mini
Black iPad Mini
Developer Apple Inc.
Manufacturer Foxconn, Pegatron[1]
Type Tablet computer
Release date November 2, 2012
Operating system iOS
Power 1st generation: 3.72 V 16.5 W·h (4440 mA·h)
2 & 3: 3.75 V 24.3 W·h (6471 mA·h)
System-on-chip used 1st generation: Apple A5 (2nd generation: 32nm)
2 & 3: Apple A7 (with Apple M7 coprocessor)
CPU 1st generation: 1 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9
2 & 3: 1.3 GHz dual-core Apple Cyclone
Memory 1st generation: 512 MB DDR2 RAM
2 & 3: 1024 MB LPDDR3 RAM
Storage 1st generation: 16, 32, or 64 GB flash memory
2: 16, 32, 64, or 128 GB flash memory[2]
3: 16, 64, or 128 GB flash memory
Display 7.9-inch (200.66 mm) diagonal LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology, at 4:3 aspect ratio
1st generation: 1024×768 pixel at 163 ppi
2 & 3: 2048×1536 pixels at 326 ppi (Retina Display)
Graphics 1st generation: PowerVR SGX543MP2
2 & 3: Quad-core PowerVR G6430
Input Multi-touch screen, headset controls, proximity and ambient light sensors, 3-axis accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass
Camera Front-facing 1.2MP & Rear-facing 5MP
All models[2]
802.11 a/b/g/n @ 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
Bluetooth 4.0
Online services App Store, iTunes, Game Center, iCloud, FaceTime, iMessage
Dimensions 1st generation: 7.87 × 5.3 × 0.23 in (199.90 × 134.62 × 5.84 mm)
2 & 3: 7.87 × 5.3 × 0.29 in (199.90 × 134.62 × 7.37 mm)
Weight 1st generation: Wi-Fi: 0.68 lb (308 g)
Wi-Fi + Cellular: 0.69 lb (312 g)
2 & 3: Wi-Fi: 0.73 lb (330 g)
Wi-Fi + Cellular: 0.75 lb (340 g)
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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 was announced on October 22, 2013 and released on November 12, 2013; it is the first iPad Mini to feature a Retina Display. The third generation iPad Mini was announced on October 16, 2014 and was released on October 24, 2014; it features the addition of a Touch ID fingerprint sensor compatible with Apple Pay.[7]


The California Theatre, where the iPad mini was announced on October 23, 2012

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. 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.[10]



iOS 7 running on iPad Mini.

The first generation iPad Mini shipped with iOS 6.0.[11] It can act as a hotspot with some carriers, sharing its Internet connection over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB,[12] and also access the App Store, a digital application distribution platform for iOS that is developed and maintained by Apple. The service allows users to browse and download applications from the iTunes Store that were developed with Xcode or Swift and the iOS SDK and were published through Apple. From the App Store, GarageBand, iMovie, iPhoto, and the iWork apps (Pages, Keynote, and Numbers) are available.[13] iOS 8 is the current version, which will ship with the iPad Mini 3 and is available for both the first generation iPad Mini and iPad Mini 2.

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.[14] Like all iOS devices, the iPad can sync content and other data with a Mac or PC using iTunes, although iOS 5 and later can be managed and backed up with iCloud. 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.[15] The device has dictation, using the same voice recognition technology as the iPhone 4S. The user speaks and the iPad types what he or she says on the screen provided that the iPad is connected to a Wi-Fi or cellular network.[12]

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 being a direct competitor to both the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook,[18] both and Barnes & Noble offer e-reader apps for the iPad.[19][20]


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).[21]


Apple Lightning connector

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.[22] 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.[23][24]

Apple offers other accessories, including a Bluetooth keyboard, several types of earbuds or headphones and many adapters for the Lightning connector.[25] AppleCare and free engraving are also available for the iPad Mini.[26][27]

Model comparison

The most recent model is the iPad Mini 3. The iPad models are listed in a comparison grid here.

Model iPad Mini (1st generation) iPad Mini 2 iPad Mini 3
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)
Status Available Available Available
Announcement date October 23, 2012 October 22, 2013 October 16, 2014
Release date November 2, 2012 November 12, 2013 October 24, 2014
Discontinued 32, 64 GB: October 22, 2013
16 GB: In production
64, 128 GB: October 16, 2014
16, 32 GB: In production
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
Motion coprocessor N/A Apple M7
CPU 1 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 1.3 GHz dual-core Apple Cyclone
GPU Dual-core PowerVR SGX543MP2 Quad-core PowerVR G6430
Memory 512 MB DDR2 RAM built into Apple A5 package 1024 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
Front 1.2 MP still, 720p video
Wireless Wi-Fi Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0
Wi-Fi + Cellular In addition to above:
3G transitional LTE on Cellular model
Geolocation Wi-Fi Wi-Fi, Apple location databases
Wi-Fi + Cellular Assisted GPS, GLONASS, Apple databases, Cellular network
Environmental sensors Accelerometer, gyroscope, ambient light sensor, magnetometer
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

Initial operating system iOS 6.0 iOS 7.0 iOS 8.1
Highest supported operating system iOS 8.1.1
Dimensions 7.87 × 5.3 × 0.28 in (200 × 135 × 7 mm) 7.87 × 5.3 × 0.29 in (200 × 135 × 7 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)
Mechanical keys Home, sleep, volume rocker, variable (mute sound and rotation lock) function switch
Connector Lightning
Greenhouse gas emissions 95 kg CO2e 170 kg CO2e
Model iPad Mini (1st generation) iPad Mini 2 iPad Mini 3


Reviews of the first generation iPad Mini have been positive,[28][29][30][31][32][33] 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.[29][34][35] The device competes with tablets such as the Amazon Kindle Fire HD, Google Nexus 7, and Barnes & Noble Nook HD.[34][36] Joshua Topolsky of The Verge praised the industrial design of the iPad Mini, however panned its lack of Retina Display and price.[33] 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.[37][38]

Criticism of setup mode

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.[39][40][41]


Source: Apple press release library[42]

See also


  1. ^ Lai, Richard (September 17, 2012). "Pegatron reportedly nabs 50 to 60 percent of iPad mini orders, breaks up Foxconn's monopoly".  
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  3. ^ "Apple iPad mini will be Available on November 2". Gadgetian. October 23, 2012. Retrieved October 23, 2012. 
  4. ^ "iPad Mini Release Date Is November 2nd (For Wi-Fi Models)". WebProNews. October 24, 2012. Retrieved October 24, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "Apple – iPad - Compare iPad models.".  
  6. ^ "Apple iPad Mini Available for Pre-order in Thailand". November 3, 2012. Retrieved November 3, 2012. 
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  8. ^ "iPad mini launch: Apple’s sends invitations for iPad mini unveiling".  
  9. ^ Lowensohn, Josh (October 16, 2012). "iPad Mini, anyone? Apple sets Oct. 23 event | Apple - CNET News".  
  10. ^ Chang, Andrea (October 22, 2012). "Apple debuts iPad mini tablet".  
  11. ^ Eran, Daniel (November 8, 2012). "iPad mini LTE models set to ship in five days".  
  12. ^ a b "The new iPad: It's a Breakthrough because it features are.".  
  13. ^ Ankan Deka, Jim (September 14, 2011). "iPad – the Musician’s Genie". EF News International ( 
  14. ^ "The new iPad – Amazing iPad apps, built right in.".  
  15. ^ Sarno, David (January 29, 2010). "Apple confirms 3G VoIP apps on iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Skype is waiting".  
  16. ^  
  17. ^  
  18. ^ "Apple tablet due March, to get Kindle-killer book deal?". Electronista.  
  19. ^ "Free Kindle Reading Apps".  
  20. ^ "Free Nook app for iPad, Download eReader app – Barnes & Noble".  
  21. ^ "16 Reasons for the Apple iPhone 5 64GB".  
  22. ^ "iPad 2 Smart Cover Teardown".  
  23. ^ "Apple – Smart Cover".  
  24. ^ Wright, Josh (October 24, 2011). "iPad 2 Smart Cover colors revised".  
  25. ^ "iPad must-haves. And fun-to-haves".  
  26. ^ "AppleCare for iPad".  
  27. ^ "Engraving and Giftwrap".  
  28. ^ "iPad mini review". gdgt. May 13, 2013. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  29. ^ a b "iPad mini review".  
  30. ^ "iPad mini review".  
  31. ^ "Apple iPad mini review".  
  32. ^ "With The New iPad, Apple Accelerates; With The iPad Mini, It’s Pedal To The Metal".  
  33. ^ a b (October 30, 2012). "iPad mini review".  
  34. ^ a b "iPad Mini review: More than just a smaller face".  
  35. ^ "iPad mini - review".  
  36. ^ "iPad Mini: Everything You Need to Know".  
  37. ^ Beavis, Gareth (December 9, 2013). "iPad mini 2 with Retina display review".  
  38. ^ Van Camp, Jeffrey (November 15, 2013). "Apple iPad Mini 2 review".  
  39. ^ "How To Set Up Your New Apple iPad, iPad Air, or iPad Mini". PCMAG. Retrieved October 12, 2014. 
  40. ^ Set your iPad Mini for first time use.
  41. ^ "Setting up iPad without Wifi...". Retrieved October 12, 2014. 
  42. ^ Apple Inc. (2010–2011). Press Release Library. Retrieved April 3, 2011.

External links

  • iPad Mini – official site
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