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Spark iPad Mini 4 WILL Fit Remote Controller Arms - UPDATED
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Nikon 1
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The Spark Remote Controller atms WILL open wide enough to Fit an iPad Mini 4 in landscape mode.  I have a SkyTreat mount that I use with my Mavic RC and that mount fits fine within the Spark RC Arms.

Inquiring Minds Need To Know.

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I will send the spark baack i only fly with ipad and lightning cable attached
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Mafia16 Posted at 2017-6-15 11:25
I will send the spark baack i only fly with ipad and lightning cable attached

Send her back cause the spark is wi-fi like the old phantom 1 and 2
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aviscomi
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That sucks...I always use the Mini 4 on my Mavic.  Unbelievable that the 2 remotes are so similar, yet the Mini 4 doesn't fit. WTF
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aviscomi Posted at 2017-6-15 11:44
That sucks...I always use the Mini 4 on my Mavic.  Unbelievable that the 2 remotes are so similar, yet the Mini 4 doesn't fit. WTF

I guess you could always get the mount but that's kind of a hassle{:4_157:}
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I just watched  a video on YouTube of someone using an iPad with the remote and it worked just fine. Looked like it fit okay.
2017-6-16
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Nikon 1
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Check to see if it was an iPad Mini 4 - previous generations were a little smaller.
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fans7dd18b97 Posted at 2017-6-16 04:15
I just watched  a video on YouTube of someone using an iPad with the remote and it worked just fine. Looked like it fit okay.

i saw it too
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aviscomi
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Mine fits fine...little snug, but its in there
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I saw a guy on youtube using one of these, http://amzn.to/2taKg0X it looks like a better solution plus you don't need to pend your controller arms all the way out, it holds the iPad securely just above, I think I will get one for the Spark also since it uses WiFi only and you don't need your 4G from a phone
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Yes it does fit in the controller! Here's a how to:
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Nikon 1
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I stand corrected!  After watching a couple of video's I was "convinced" that I could do it - and it does fit, as proven by:

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aviscomi
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It fits...see below video:
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Did those of you that were successful have your remote creak and pop the first try?  I tried my iPad Mini 3 and I stopped when the remote creaked and popped a number of times.  I'm worried that the plastics will fail but it looks others get it to work easily.  
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bikemerchant Posted at 2017-6-17 14:59
Did those of you that were successful have your remote creak and pop the first try?  I tried my iPad Mini 3 and I stopped when the remote creaked and popped a number of times.  I'm worried that the plastics will fail but it looks others get it to work easily.

As I stated over on the Spark forum, it gets easier after every insertion.  Sounds a little perverted.
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aviscomi Posted at 2017-6-17 16:20
As I stated over on the Spark forum, it gets easier after every insertion.  Sounds a little perverted.

Well, as a 65 year youngster -- I've ALWAYS found that statement to be true!

Once I followed the videos posted, it did get easier.  No, I had no pops or creaks once I finally got up the guts to push through the initial resistance of the first insertion.  And as @Aviscomi stated, install and remove it a couple of times and it does get easier.  In his video, he gets it straight in and out straight.

Yes - no way to make it not sound pervreted.  Guess I am a dirty old man.
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Yep. Was able to get it to work by "stretching" the arms before I tried to insert the iPad Mini.
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You're correct of course, I just purchased an iPad 4 mini, hoping that I'd have an easier time seeing the text and icons on the larger screen, and that the non-reflective coating on the iPad mini 4 would also make it easier to see in bright sunlight - which was definitely a problem when trying to fly yesterday.   Thanks for the info.
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AirPhoto1.com Posted at 2017-6-19 19:30
You're correct of course, I just purchased an iPad 4 mini, hoping that I'd have an easier time seeing the text and icons on the larger screen, and that the non-reflective coating on the iPad mini 4 would also make it easier to see in bright sunlight - which was definitely a problem when trying to fly yesterday.   Thanks for the info.

I forgot to add, that it did fit very nicely.  Key, is tucking the first corner of the iPad 4 mini into the cutout in one arm of the controller, before slipping the 2nd corner of the iPad into the 2nd arm.  If you try to force both corners in at once, it will likely stress the arms - and it's not necessary to do that.
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Hey All,
I'm a noob to drones and decided to get the spark as my first drone.  I need to say that I'm in Jakarta Indonesia where infrastructure can be limited but there are drone users out here. My question is...

Is there a functional difference using either iPad Mini 2, 3 or 4?

I plan on picking up a Mini specifically for flying with no other uses.

Any help is appreciated.

Steven

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Tviscomi
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boboyee Posted at 2017-6-27 05:39
Hey All,
I'm a noob to drones and decided to get the spark as my first drone.  I need to say that I'm in Jakarta Indonesia where infrastructure can be limited but there are drone users out here. My question is...

iPad Mini 4 is on sale at Best Buy here in the US.  If you have the financial means always try to buy the most recent release
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boboyee Posted at 2017-6-27 05:39
Hey All,
I'm a noob to drones and decided to get the spark as my first drone.  I need to say that I'm in Jakarta Indonesia where infrastructure can be limited but there are drone users out here. My question is...

In reading posts from people with iPad Minis other than the 4, many posters see video lag and video breakup due to the processors used in the Minis other than the Mini 4.

As someone who has (2) iPad mini 4s I never experience any video or lagging problems.

Point to consider - the WiFi only does not support "real time GPS" mapping and locations while the GSM Mini 4 does, without having a SIM card installed.  You can download and cache your maps with the WiFi only Mini 4 but that may not be convenient for you. You can also buy external GPS devices and connect them to your setup, but look at the total cost of adding that to the non-GSM Mini 4 and compare the convenience.  An added FYI - There is very strong speculation that Apple will soon discontinue the iPad Mini 4: Nothing has been announced but speculation is strong that the Mini 4 will be eliminated from the Apple lineup.  YMMV

Good Luck and Good Flying!
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Nikon 1 Posted at 2017-6-27 05:58
In reading posts from people with iPad Minis other than the 4, many posters see video lag and video breakup due to the processors used in the Minis other than the Mini 4.

As someone who has (2) iPad mini 4s I never experience any video or lagging problems.

Thanks for this, helps to make a solid decision.  
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Nikon 1 Posted at 2017-6-27 05:58
In reading posts from people with iPad Minis other than the 4, many posters see video lag and video breakup due to the processors used in the Minis other than the Mini 4.

As someone who has (2) iPad mini 4s I never experience any video or lagging problems.

Correct. My mini 3 nearly cost me my Inspire, and ever since then I've only stuck to 'supported' devices. Also correct on the GPS comment - the wifi only versions do not have an actual GPS receiver, and uses wifi signals to approximate locations. not a great idea when trying to mark a launch point for RTH, and will not work with follow me and some intelligent flight modes.

Pony up and get an iPad mini 4, it's worth the peace of mind.
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Tviscomi
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I don't drink the Apple "Kool Aide", I have a few iPads (fly with mini 4) and always owned the latest iPhone. I've never owned a Mac, nor do I have any desire to.  With that said,  Apple's support is easily accessible (Apple Stores, Best Buy, etc.) along with the fact that it seem like 3 out of every 4 issues on this Spark forum surround the Android OS.   Just my .02 cents
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Tviscomi Posted at 2017-6-29 01:59
I don't drink the Apple "Kool Aide", I have a few iPads (fly with mini 4) and always owned the latest iPhone. I've never owned a Mac, nor do I have any desire to.  With that said,  Apple's support is easily accessible (Apple Stores, Best Buy, etc.) along with the fact that it seem like 3 out of every 4 issues on this Spark forum surround the Android OS.   Just my .02 cents

I had good luck with finding a used/refurbished (?) iPad mini 4 at Game Stop. A little over $200 for a 32GB with Cellular support (no SIM). With overnight shipping, it arrived the next day in perfect shape. A few scratches but in perfect working condition. Just do a search for iPad Mini 4. There are only 16GB wifi models available at the moment but inventory changes frequently.
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For those interested in picking up an iPad Mini 4 cellular, there are some 32GB ($217) , 64GB ($224),  and 128GB ($239) models available now on gamestop.com. Search for "ipad mini cellular"
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aviscomi Posted at 2017-6-17 12:50
It fits...see below video:
https://youtu.be/Vpsq7sycOog

If you do exactly that way . It will work super easy and goes inside very well. I try before that and it never work, but that way it goes, no need to force it.
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All you need to do is look closely at where the arms protrude from the remote casing. Notice how the arm hits the plastic which acts as a stop? Trim out this corner a bit and the arms will quite easily open further apart. Took me about 3 minutes with an Olfa blade. Shaved off thin layers until I liked it. Can't tell by looking at it really.....much less creaking and such when inserting ipad mini..
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Trim at arrow and suddenly you have gobs of room for ipad minis. IMG_4938.JPG

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i use an ipad mini 2 actually..  i have no complaints about it on iOS 11 beta 4. ya it is a bit sluggish multitasking but for DJI go and screen capture/mirroring, i have no complaints, its identical in terms of input lag with the RC on OTG as my GF's iPad Pro 9.7 that i got since she started nagging for an iPad to mock how i begged for Mavic pro, but instead of playing her game, i just purchased it for her..
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