Apple iPad mini vs. Apple iPad: We compare Apple's new tablets

We compare the iPad mini with the new fourth generation iPad

Apple has finally lifted the lid on one of the most widely rumoured products of the year, the iPad mini. The 7.9in screened tablet is the company's first foray into the smaller tablet market.

Read our preview of the Apple iPad mini here

The iPad mini wasn't the only iPad Apple unveiled today. Less than eight months after it launched the third generation iPad (called the "new iPad"), the company confined that model to the history books by releasing a fourth generation version.

The new fourth generation Apple iPad is identical in design to the previous model but has the new Lightning connector, an upgraded A6X processor and will work on Australian 4G networks.

How much different is the new iPad mini to the new, fourth generation iPad? Is it a downgrade in more ways that one or does it just have a smaller display? Let's find out.

Apple iPad mini

Apple iPad mini (preview)

Apple iPad (4th Generation)

Apple iPad (4th Generation)
Screen size
Display resolution
2048x1536 ("Retina")
Display technology
LED-backlit IPS
LED-backlit IPS
Pixel density
Front camera
Rear camera
5 megapixels, no flash
5 megapixels, no flash
Camera features
Autofocus, geotagging, touch focus, face detection
Autofocus, geotagging, touch focus, face detection
Video recording
1080p HD @ 30fps (720p HD front camera)
1080p HD @ 30fps (720p HD front camera)
Internal memory
Apple A5 dual-core (1GHz)
Apple A6X dual-core (1GHz)
Australian 3G networks
HSDPA 850/900/2100
HSDPA 850/900/2100
Australian 4G networks
LTE 1800MHz (Telstra, Optus)
LTE 1800MHz (Telstra, Optus)
4.0 with A2DP
4.0 with A2DP
No (Yes, with optional Lightning Digital AV Adapter: $59)
No (Yes, with optional Lightning Digital AV Adapter: $59)
Dock connector
'Lightning' 8-pin
'Lightning' 8-pin
Quoted battery life
Up to 10h
Up to 10h
16.3W Lithium polymer
42.5W Lithium polymer

What do you think about the iPad mini? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Related content

Apple iPad mini preview
Apple iPad fourth generation preview
Apple's iPad mini is 4G for Australia, too

Join the newsletter!


Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags iPadtabletsAppleiosApple iPad MiniApple iPad (4th Gen)iPad Mini Tablet

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

PC World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill


I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?