iPad mini


Family: iOS

Codename: ?

Minimum OS: iOS 6.0

Maximum OS: iOS 8.4

Introduced: October 2012

Terminated: June 2015


CPU: Apple A5 (ARM Cortex-A9)

CPU Speed: 1.0 GHz

CPU Cores: 2

FPU: integrated

Bus Speed: ?

Register Width: 32-bit

Data Bus Width: 64-bit

Address Bus Width: 32-bit

Level 1 Cache: 32 kB data, 32 kB instruction

Level 2 Cache: 1 MB on-processor

Onboard RAM: 512 MB

Maximum RAM: 512 MB


Screen: 7.9" LED-backlit multi-touch

GPU: dual-core PowerVR SGX543MP2 (via A5)

Max Resolution: 1024x768

Video Out: HDMI, VGA (via Lightning adaptors), AirPlay

Camera: 5 MP rear, 1.2 MP front


Flash Drive: 16/32/64 GB


Lightning: 1

Audio Out: stereo 16 bit mini

Speaker: mono

Microphone: mono

Sensors: Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor


Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n, dual-band

Bluetooth: 4.0

Cellular: Optional 4G LTE:

  • Model A1454 (GSM)
    • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
    • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
    • LTE (Bands 4 and 17)
  • Model A1454 (CDMA)
    • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz)
    • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
    • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
    • LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 13, 25)

Location: WiFi-Assisted GPS (Assisted/Cellular GPS on 3G models), Digital Compass


Battery Life: 10 hours

Dimensions: 7.87" H x 5.3" W x 0.28" D

Weight: 0.68 lbs.


The cellular-capable models weighed 0.69 lbs.

Introduced in October 2012, the iPad mini struck a balance in size between the iPad (4th Generation), which was announced at the same time, and the iPod Touch (5th Generation), announced a month earlier. Driving a 1024x768 display (the same resolution as the non-retina iPad 2), maintaining 10 hours of battery life, and meeting a lower price point meant making sacrifices, however; the iPad mini was powered by an A5 chip, rather than the faster A6 found in the recently announced iPhone 5 or the A6X found in the iPad (4th Generation), and had half the RAM of either.

In other respects, however, the iPad mini matched up well with the iPad (4th Generation): it included the new lighting connector, the same front- and rear-facing cameras, support for dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, and the same broad variety of LTE bands for the cellular models.

iPad (4th Generation) was available in two color combinations, matching those of the iPhone 5: white/silver and black/slate. It was available in three price tiers, based on storage capacity:

  • 16 GB: $329 ($459 with LTE)
  • 32 GB: $429 ($559 with LTE)
  • 64 GB: $529 ($659 with LTE)

In October 2013, with the announcement of the iPad mini 2, the 32 GB and 64 GB models were discontinued, and the 16 GB models receive a price cut to $299 ($429 with LFE). In October 2014, they received a second price cut to $249 ($379 with LTE), with the introduction of the iPad mini 3. The 16 GB models were quietly discontinued in June 2015, making the iPad mini the longest-sold iPad to date.

Picture Credits:
Apple, Inc.