INFO: What are the key differences between the iPad 3, iPad 4 and the iPad Mini?

Description: This technical article will show what are the key differences between the iPad 3, iPad 4 and the iPad Mini.

The current lineup of iPads (Winter 2013) features the iPad 4th generation, the iPad mini, and just prior to these two the iPad 3rd generation was released. While many of the features and apps available are similar on all three of these versions, there are some differences other than the obvious physical appearance between the iPad mini and the 3rd or 4th generation iPads with Retina Display.

The iPad mini and the iPad with Retina Display (4th generation) both make us of the new Lightning connectors for charging and USB synching, while the iPad with Retina Display (3rd generation) uses the traditional 30-pin connector use in previous models. This can be important to know if you have accessories from previous iPads or iPods that need to connect to the hardware.

The iPad mini sports an obvious difference in physical size, but also it is worth noting that the iPad mini uses a newer Nano-SIM design of SIM card, different from the standard SIM cards that the other models use. This is significant if you are using the 3G/4G versions of iPads with carriers that use SIM cards to authorize your cellular signal.

Inside the newer iPad with Retina Display (4th generation) is the newest dual-core A6X processor with quad-core graphics, while the iPad mini and the iPad with Retina Display (3rd generation) make use of the A5-series of dual core processors.

These are a few more obvious differences in the versions of iPads currently available for sale. Below are some detailed specifications that will help you to understand the difference between the various models.

iPad 4 with Retina Display Features:

  1. Display: The iPad's Retina Display has 1 million more pixels than an HDTV. At 2048 x 1536, there is not a 10 inch display that can touch Apple's displays. Whether you are watching a movie, using face time, or a little of both, the display will provide excellent quality and a whole different experience.
  2. Size: The iPad is 9.4mm thick and weighs 1.44 pounds. Definitely much easier to carry around than a full sized laptop, and more convenient than netbooks and ultra-books.
  3. Hardware: The iPad has a Powerful A6x chip that gives double the performance of the standard A5X chip in previous versions. The iPad also has double the Graphics performance as well. Typically adding such power into a device removes the battery life; not for the iPad, it still has a 10 hour battery life.
  4. Advanced Wi-Fi: The iPad comes with a dual band Wi-Fi chip for better performance when web browsing and faster app downloads!
  5. Apps: The App store has over 270,000 Apps and counting. These apps are all designed to make the experience for the iPad much better.
  6. Camera: With a 1.2 Mega Pixel Facetime HD Camera, and a 5 Mega Pixel iSight Camera, the iPad is definitely a great substitute for any camera.

iPad Mini features:

  1. Display: The device has 7.9 backlit-LED screen. This allows for smooth and crisp picture quality - whether surfing the net, looking at pictures, or using Face Time with others.
  2. Size: The iPad mini is just at 7.2 mm and is .68th of a pound. This makes the device as thin as a standard pencil and more than 50% lighter than the iPad.
  3. Hardware: The iPad Mini has a built in Dual-core A5 chip that allows maximum yet power-efficient performance. This allows the system to run at its best ability while still feeling smooth and natural as you go. The device also comes with a 10-hour battery life that allows the user to work as long as they need to.
  4. Advanced Wi-Fi: The mini comes with a built in Dual-Band 802.11 Wi-Fi that allows for fast web browsing and download speeds that can reach up to 150Mbps.
  5. Applications: The iPad Mini comes with all of the great built-in applications that iOS6 has to offer. Click the link below to see the apps included with the iPad mini.
  6. Camera: With a 1.2 Mega Pixel Facetime HD Camera, and a 5 Mega Pixel iSight Camera, the iPad Mini is definitely a great substitute for any camera.

iPad 3 with Retina Display features:

  1. Display: The iPad's retina Display has 1 million more pixels than an HDTV. At 2048 x 1536, there is not a 10 inch display that can touch Apple's displays. Whether you are watching a movie, using face time, or a little of both, the display will provide excellent quality and a whole different experience.
  2. Size: The iPad is 9.4mm thick and weighs only 1.4 pounds. Definitely much easier to carry around than a full sized laptop, and more convenient than netbooks and ultra-books.
  3. Hardware: The iPad has a Dual-core A5 chip that allows maximum yet power-efficient performance. This allows the system to run at its best ability while still feeling smooth and natural as you go. The device also comes with a 10-hour battery life that allows the user to work as long as they need to.
  4. Wireless Capabilities: Comes with Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) built in.
  5. Applications: The App store has over 270,000 Apps and counting. These apps are all designed to make the experience for the iPad much better.
  6. Camera: With a VGA quality Facetime HD Camera, and a 5 Mega Pixel iSight Camera.

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