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iPad Mini 4 vs iPad Mini 6th Gen

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The iPad mini 4 was released in September 2015 and the iPad mini (6th gen) was released six years later, in September 2021. The 6th gen iPad mini has several notable improvements over the iPad mini 4, including a new exterior design and colors. The iPad mini (6th gen) features an 8.3” Liquid Retina display with True Tone, an Apple A15 Bionic chip, up to 256GB of storage, USB-C, a 12MP ultra-wide-angle front camera with Center Stage, and support for the 2nd generation Apple Pencil.

Price Comparison

iPad Mini 4 vs iPad Mini 6th Gen Pricing

iPad Mini 4 prices start at $105, which is cheaper than the iPad Mini 6th Gen low price of $299.

Specs Comparison

The iPad mini 4 and the iPad mini (6th gen) are somewhat different, both in terms of the exterior design and the hardware specs. The 6th gen iPad mini features the squared-off design first introduced with the iPad Pro lineup and is available in a few new colors, such as Pink and Purple. Some of the main specs for the iPad mini (6th gen) include an 8.3” Liquid Retina display with True Tone, an Apple A15 Bionic chip with Neural Engine, up to 256GB of storage, a 12MP wide-angle rear camera, a 12MP ultra-wide-angle front camera with Center Stage, USB-C, Touch ID in the top power button, landscape stereo speakers, WiFi 6 (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.0, support for the 2nd generation Apple Pencil, and 5G connectivity on the cellular model. Some of the main specs for the iPad mini 4 include a 7.9” Retina display, an Apple A8 chip, up to 128GB of storage, an 8MP wide-angle rear camera, a 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera on the front, a Lightning connector, a home button with Touch ID, stereo speakers, WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, and 4G connectivity on the cellular model.

Size

Size iPad Mini 4 iPad Mini 6th Gen
Width 135 mm 5.3 inches
Height 195 mm 7.7 inches
Depth 6 mm 0.3 inches
Weight 293 g 10.3 ounces

Measurements for the iPad mini 4 are 8.0” (H) x 5.3” (W) x 0.24” (D) with a 7.9” display size, and measurements for the iPad mini (6th gen) are 7.69” (H) x 5.3” (W) x 0.25” (D) with an 8.3” display size. The WiFi-only iPad mini 4 weighs 0.65 pounds and the WiFi + Cellular model weighs 0.67 pounds. And in comparison, the WiFi-only iPad mini (6th gen) weighs 0.65 pounds and the WiFi + Cellular model weighs 0.66 pounds.

Camera

Camera iPad Mini 4 iPad Mini 6th Gen
Primary 12.0 MP
Resolution 4000x3000

The iPad mini 4 has an 8MP wide-angle rear camera and a 1.2MP FaceTime HD front camera. The iPad mini (6th gen) has a 12MP wide-angle rear camera and a 12MP ultra-wide-angle front camera with Center Stage.

Screen

Display iPad Mini 4 iPad Mini 6th Gen
Resolution 1488x2266
Screen Size 210 mm 8.3 in
Pixels Per Inch ppi 327 ppi

The iPad mini 4 features a 7.9” Retina display and the iPad mini (6th gen) features an 8.3” Liquid Retina display with True Tone. Specs for the iPad mini 4 display include a resolution of 2048 x 1536 at 326 pixels per inch and a max brightness of 400 nits. Specs for the iPad mini (6th gen) display include a resolution of 2266 x 1488 at 326 pixels per inch and a max brightness of 500 nits. Both of these displays are fully laminated with an anti-reflective coating and a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating.

Battery

Battery iPad Mini 4 iPad Mini 6th Gen
Capacity mAh 5034 mAh
Longevity hours 10 hours
USB USB-C

The iPad mini 4 is equipped with a 19.1-watt-hour battery and the iPad mini (6th gen) is equipped with a 19.3-watt-hour battery. The battery capacities of both tablets allow for up to 10 hours of battery life when on WiFi or up to 9 hours of battery life when on cellular. The iPad mini 4 charges via the Lightning connector and a Lightning to USB charging cable, and the iPad mini (6th gen) charges via the USB-C connector and a USB-C charging cable.

Processing

Processor iPad Mini 4 iPad Mini 6th Gen
CPU Apple A15 Bionic APL1007 / APL1W07

Color Choices

iPad Mini 4

Available in 3 colors:

  • Gold
  • Gray
  • Silver

Which iPad Mini 4 color should you buy?

iPad Mini 6th Gen

Available in 4 colors:

  • Gray
  • Pink
  • Purple
  • Starlight

Which color iPad Mini 6th Gen is the most popular?

iPad Mini 4 vs iPad Mini 6th Gen Colors

The iPad Mini 4 introduces three new colors not found in the iPad Mini 6th Gen color palette: Starlight, Pink, and Purple. Both the iPad Mini 4 and iPad Mini 6th Gen share one color: Gray. However, the iPad Mini 4 does away with Silver and Gold, previously seen on the iPad Mini 6th Gen.
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The iPad mini 4 is available in Space Gray, Silver, and Gold. The Space Gray model has a black bezel around the display, and the Silver and Gold models have a white bezel around the display. The iPad mini (6th gen) is available in Space Gray, Starlight, Pink, and Purple.

Storage Options

iPad Mini 4

Choose from 4 storage options:

  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB

Which iPad Mini 4 storage should I buy?

iPad Mini 6th Gen

Choose from 2 storage options:

  • 64GB
  • 256GB

Which storage iPad Mini 6th Gen is the most popular?

iPad Mini 4 vs iPad Mini 6th Gen Storage

The iPad Mini 6th Gen introduces one new storage option not found on the iPad Mini 4: 256GB. Both the iPad Mini 4 and iPad Mini 6th Gen share one storage option: 64GB. However, the iPad Mini 6th Gen does not have options for 32GB, 128GB, and 16GB, as seen on the iPad Mini 4.
Swappasaurus

The iPad mini 4 ships with three storage options, including 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB. In comparison, the iPad mini (6th gen) ships with two options for storage, which include 64GB and 256GB.

Reviews

iPad Mini 4

30 reviews 4.9 stars

iPad Mini 6th Gen

30 reviews 4.9 stars

iPad Mini 4 vs iPad Mini 6th Gen Reviews

Both the iPad Mini 4 and iPad Mini 6th Gen earn 4.9 of 5.0 stars from Swappa user reviews.

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