Apple announced the new iPad mini in 2021 at its September 14th iPhone 13 launch event. What’s new about the newest Mini Tablet? Really a lot, so that it was probably the center of attention. It’s the much-needed update for Apple’s tiniest tablet. As with the iPad Air, Apple’s new 2021 iPad mini features a thinner design, faster speed, a wider screen, and Touch ID compatibility.
Pre-orders for the new iPad mini 6 begin at a price of $499 on Apple’s website. Apple has already begun taking pre-orders for the device, which will go on sale worldwide on September 24. Check out our detailed review of the Apple iPad mini 6 so you can make an informed purchasing decision.
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The iPad mini 6 has a 500 nit Liquid Retina display on its 8.3-inch screen. TrueTone and an antireflective coating are also included, as is extensive color support.
Since the iPad mini-6’s display now spans from edge to edge, Apple has relocated the TouchID sensor to the iPad mini-6’s power button on the top-right edge.
The A15 Bionic chip in the new iPad mini boosts CPU speed by 40% and GPU performance by 80% over the previous model. If the A15 Bionic chip sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the one used in the iPhone 13 and above models. Apple’s proprietary Lightning port has been replaced by a USB-C port on the bottom edge of the 2021 iPad mini, which should make charging the gadget a lot simpler.
- The tablet includes stereo speakers for those who prefer to listen to music or watch videos without using headphones.
The iPad mini’s new design, which features an edge-to-edge screen, has given the device’s display a boost to 8.3 inches, as hinted at in leaks leading up to Apple’s September event. It resembles the iPad Air 4 in terms of size and shape. The new iPad mini-6’s power button has been replaced with a TouchID sensor and is located on the device’s top-right edge.
With the new color options for the iPad mini 6, you may choose from a variety of stylish hues. With the iPad mini 6, you’ll be able to use the new 2nd generation Apple Pencil by simply magnetically attaching it.
The new iPad mini sports a 12MP rear camera with an f/1.8 aperture, True Tone flash, and smart HDR features. In case you want to record this high-res video with a tablet for any reason, you can also shoot a 4K video at up to 60fps.
The front camera is a 12MP ultra-wide sensor with a 122-degree field of view, which is a significant improvement over the previous model’s 8MP sensor. In addition, the new mini includes the iPad Pro 2021’s Center Stage function, which uses the camera to track your movements while you’re on a video chat.
- The iPad mini 6 features a new look, with an edge-to-edge screen you may recognize from the iPad Air 4 and iPad Pro.
- Plus, the iPad mini 6 now supports 5G, so you can order either the base Wi-Fi model or the more expensive version with 5G connectivity.
- If you like to splurge on accessories, Apple is releasing a new series of Smart Covers for the iPad mini 6 that complement its new color options.
The following are the prices:
- £479/US$499 for the Wi-Fi-only iPad mini 6 with 64GB
- iPad mini 6 with Wi-Fi (256GB) – £619/US$649
- iPad mini 6 with Wi-Fi + Cellular (64GB): £619/US$649
- iPad mini 6 with Wi-Fi + Cellular (256GB): £759/US$799
iPad mini 2021 will be available in a variety of colors and textures including a cream-like shade called Starlight, as well as Purple, Pink, and Space Gray. It measures 195.4 x 134.8 x 6.3mm and weighs 293g (or 297g for the cellular model).
Battery and Software
According to Apple, the new iPad mini (2021) has “10 hours of web browsing on Wi-Fi or video watching,” but that’s a great deal of uncertainty. Also, the USB-C port’s charging power is 20W.
While software iOS 15 will be available for this tablet, Apple has verified that its pen, the Apple Pencil 2, will operate with it as well. The Apple Pencil 2 attaches to the side of the tablet for wireless charging.
We’re all eager to see how the iPad mini 6 performs in the real world and see how the new edge-to-edge display looks. As soon as you see it in person, you’ll be blown away by the iPad mini 6’s liquid retina display, new color options, and increased A15 Bionic performance.