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As Apple describes it, the iPad mini line represents a "concentration" of the larger iPad models before it and provides a physically smaller device but with a display that has the same number of pixels as the original iPad (1st Gen) or iPad 2 (but fewer pixels than the retina display-equipped iPad 3rd Gen or iPad 4th Gen).
All of the original iPad mini models (1st Gen) feature a 7.9" 1024x768 (163 ppi) LED-backlit IPS touch-sensitive display, a dual core 1 GHz Apple A5 processor, 512 MB of RAM, 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB of flash memory storage, dual cameras -- a rear-mounted 5 megapixel "iSight" camera capable of shooting stills and 1080p video and a front-mounted 1.2 megapixel "FaceTime HD" camera capable of shooting stills and 720p video, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, stereo speakers, and more. Connectivity to computers, if desired, and power is provided by the Lightning port.
This specific iPad mini A1455 model also has support for A-GPS and GLONASS, CDMA EV-DO, GSM/EDGE, UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA, and LTE bands 1, 3, 5, 13, and 25. In the US, it is intended to run on the Verizon or Sprint network.
The battery life of this iPad mini model is reportedly 10 hours "surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music" and 9 hours "surfing the web using cellular data."
Originally, Apple offered this model with either a black front and a "slate" back or a white front and a silver back, but on October 22, 2013, Apple discontinued the black/slate version and replaced it with a version with a black front and a medium toned gunmetal "Space Gray" back. This "Space Gray" model only was offered with 16 GB of storage and has its own order numbers, as well (MF453LL/A on Sprint and MF450LL/A on Verizon).
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|Introduction Date:||October 23, 2012*||Discontinued Date:||June 19, 2015**|
|Details:||The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.
*This model was introduced on October 23, 2012 and shipped on November 2, 2012.
**The 32 GB and 64 GB configurations, as well as the 16 GB configuration in black/slate, were discontinued October 22, 2013. Apple continued to sell a 16 GB configuration in white and silver and introduced a new 16 GB configuration in black and "Space Gray" on October 22, 2013, also. On October 16, 2014, Apple cut the price of this remaining 16 GB configuration to US$379. Finally, on June 19, 2015, Apple quietly discontinued the original iPad mini models altogether.
Also see: All iPad models introduced in 2012.
|Processors:||1 (2 Cores)||Geekbench 2 (32):||745|
|Details:||Geekbench 2 provides 32-bit benchmarks for iOS models. This number is an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all Geekbench 2 user submissions for devices with the iPad2,7 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare Geekbench 2 results from different iPod touch, iPhone and iPad models side-by-side, please see EveryiPod.com's Ultimate iComparison.
|Geekbench 3 (32):||261||Geekbench 3 (32):||492|
|Details:||These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 32-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for devices with the iPad2,7 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare 32-bit Geekbench 3 results from different iPod touch, iPhone and iPad models side-by-side, see Everyi.com's Ultimate iComparison.
|Geekbench 3 (64):||N/A||Geekbench 3 (64):||N/A|
|Details:||The Geekbench 3 benchmark does not support 64-bit mode for this model. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all 64-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for devices with the iPad2,7 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare Geekbench 3 results from different iPod touch, iPhone and iPad models side-by-side, see Everyi.com's Ultimate iComparison.
|Processor Speed:||1.0 GHz*||Processor Type:||Apple A5|
|Details:||*The iPad mini models use a dual core Apple A5 processor. The third-party Geekbench benchmarking software has determined it has a 1 GHz clockspeed.
Also see: How does the performance of the iPad mini compare to the iPad 4th Gen? How fast is it compared to earlier iPad models?
|Onboard RAM:||512 MB*||Storage Capacity:||16, 32, 64 GB|
|Details:||*Apple releases no official information regarding the amount of onboard RAM although software and hardware analysis has determined it has 512 MB of RAM.|
|Song Capacity:||N/A*||Photo Capacity:||N/A*|
|Details:||*Apple does not provide an official estimate for the number of songs, photos, and videos that any iPad can hold, instead opting for just gigabytes.|
|USB Support:||Sync & Charge (Lightning)||Firewire Support:||None|
|Details:||The original iPad mini does not offer a "disk mode" for file transfer, although third-party software -- like that from site sponsor TouchCopy -- is available.|
|Case Type:||Tablet/Slate||Form Factor:||iPad mini|
|Housing Color:||Black or White*||Controller:||Multi-touch|
|Details:||*The iPad mini models have either a black-trimmed front and a slate matte back, a black-trimmed front and a medium-colored gunmetal "Space Gray" back, or a white-trimmed front and a silver aluminum matte back.|
|Built-in Display:||7.9" Color*||Display Resolution:||1024x768 (163 ppi)|
|Details:||*The iPad mini models have a 7.9" IPS LED-backlit 1024 by 768 display (163 ppi) with an "oleophobic" (oil repellent) coating. They also provide video mirroring and video out support up to 1080p using the "Lightning Digital AV Adapter" and the "Lightning to VGA Adapter."|
|Standard Wireless:||802.11a/b/g/n*||Standard Bluetooth:||4.0|
|Details:||*All iPad mini configurations support 802.11a/b/g/n on both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies (dual band).|
|Cell Network:||GSM/CDMA/LTE*||Camera:||5 Megapixels**|
|Details:||*This A1455 iPad mini model supports cellular data connectivity via Verizon or Sprint in the US. Specifically, it supports 4G LTE (bands 1, 3, 5, 13, and 25), as well as CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz), GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) and UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz).
**The iPad mini has dual cameras. The rear "iSight" camera has a 5 megapixel sensor and supports still photographs as well as HD video recording (1080p up to 30 FPS with audio). The front mounted "FaceTime HD" camera, designed to be used for video conferencing in conjunction with Apple's provided FaceTime software over a Wi-Fi network, has a 1.2 megapixel sensor and takes videos up to 720p.
|Battery Type:||Lithium Polymer (16.3 Whr)||Battery Life (Music):||9-10 Hours*|
|Details:||*Apple estimates that this iPad mini provides "up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music" and 9 hours "surfing the web using cellular data."|
|Battery Life (Voice):||N/A||Standby Time:||N/A|
|Details:||Apple does not report the standby time for the iPad mini.|
|Apple Order No:||MD540LL/A*||Apple Subfamily:||iPad mini (Wi-Fi + Cellular MM)|
|Details:||*MD540LL/A refers to the original 16 GB configuration in black and slate for Verizon. The 32 GB and 64 GB configurations in black and slate, also for Verizon, are MD541LL/A and MD542LL/A, respectively. The 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB configurations in white and silver, for Verizon, are MD543LL/A, MD544LL/A, and MD545LL/A, respectively. The original 16 GB, 32, GB, and 64 GB configurations in black and slate, for Sprint, are ME215LL/A, ME216LL/A, and ME217LL/A, respectively. Finally, the 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB configurations in white and silver, for Sprint, are ME218LL/A, ME219LL/A, and ME220LL/A. Finally, the 16 GB "Space Gray" configuration is MF453LL/A on Sprint and MF450LL/A on Verizon.|
|Apple Model No:||A1455 (EMC 2609*)||Model ID:||iPad2,7|
|Details:||The Model Number (external) is unique to this model.
*Please note that the EMC number is not externally listed on this model.
Also see: All iPhones with the A1455 Model Number, the 2609* EMC Number, and the iPad2,7 Model Identifier.
|Pre-Installed OS:||iOS 6||Maximum OS:||Current*|
|Details:||*With the exception of a couple of minor photography features, this model is fully supported by the last version of iOS 7. It is fully supported by iOS 8 with the notable exception of "Health" functionality. It is supported by iOS 9, but lacks support for major interface features.
Also see: Which iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad models fully support iOS 9? For models that "partially" support iOS 8, which features are and are not supported?
|Dimensions:||7.87 x 5.3 x 0.28||Avg. Weight:||0.69 lbs. (312 g)|
|Details:||The iPad mini (held vertically) is 7.87 inches tall, 5.3 inches wide, and 0.28 of an inch deep (200 mm x 134.7 mm x 7.2 mm).
The iPad mini versions equipped with Wi-Fi and Cellular data capability weigh 0.69 pounds (312 g).
|Mac Support:||Mac OS X 10.6.8||Windows Support:||Windows XP SP2/Vista/7|
|Details:||If syncing with iTunes is desired, Apple notes that Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later and iTunes is required to use this iPad with a Mac. To sync this iPad with a PC, Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later is required as well as iTunes.|
|Audio Support:||Apple reports that the iPad mini models support "AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV."|
|Video Support:||Apple reports that the iPad mini models support "H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format."|
|Incl. Accessories:||The iPad mini also includes a Lightning to USB cable and USB power adapter.|
|Original Price:||US$459-US$659*||Est. Current Retail:||US$200-US$350|
|Details:||*There originally were three configurations of the iPad mini (Wi-Fi/Cellular - Verizon & Sprint/GPS). These configurations have 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB of storage -- in both white and silver or black and slate -- and sold for US$459, US$559, and US$659, respectively.
**On October 22, 2013, Apple discontinued all of the 32 GB and 64 GB configurations, as well as the black and slate 16 GB configuration. It dropped the price of the 16 GB white and silver configuration to US$429 and introduced a new 16 GB black and "Space Gray" configuration for the same US$429 price. On October 16, 2014, Apple lowered the price of the remaining 16 GB configurations to US$379. The original iPad mini models were discontinued altogether on June 19, 2015.
Please note that on average the estimated current retail pricing of used systems is updated twice a year (please refer to the date on the bottom of the page for the date last updated).
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Global original prices for the iPad mini (Wi-Fi/VZ & Sprint/GPS - 1st Gen) in 24 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region. Please note that prices with an asterisk (*) are bound by carrier contractual obligations.
For global original prices for all iPod, iPhone, and iPad models in one particular country on a single page, please refer to Everyi.com's Global Original Prices section.
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Original Prices - North America
Original Prices - Europe
|Austria:||€459, €559, €659||Belgium:||€459, €559, €659|
|Denmark:||DKK 3,599, 4,299, 4,999||Finland:||€469, €569, €669|
|France:||€469, €569, €674||Germany:||€459, €559, €659|
|Ireland:||€469, €569, €669||Italy:||€459, €559, €659|
|Netherlands:||€459, €559, €659||Norway:||NOK 3.590, 4.290, 4.990|
|Portugal:||€469, €569, €669||Spain:||€459, €559, €659|
|Sweden:||SEK 4.195, 4.995, 5.795||Switzerland:||CHF 519, 619, 719|
|United Kingdom:||£369, £449, £529|
Original Prices - Asia
|China:||RMB 3,488, 4,288, 5,088||Hong Kong:||HK$3,588, HK$4,388, HK$5,188|
|Japan:||¥39,800, ¥47,800, ¥55,800||Singapore:||S$618, S$748, S$878|
|Taiwan:||NT$14,400, NT$17,500, NT$20,500|
Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand
|Australia:||A$509, A$619, A$729||New Zealand:||NZ$680, NZ$829, NZ$979|
Ten of the most popular Q&As about the iPad line follow.