Apple’s smallest tablet It finally received its biggest update in nearly a decade. The new iPad Mini, unveiled at the company’s virtual hardware event on Tuesday, appears almost unrecognizable ancestor 2019. We’re talking about thinner bezels, Touch ID, 5G connectivity, and even a USB-C port.
Starting at $499 for the base model, 6th generation ipad mini It will come in a range of fun colors including purple, pink, and what Apple calls “starlight” which is champagne orange. If you use more muted tones, you can also choose the traditional Space Gray. It’s currently available for pre-order and shipping next week.
But the most noticeable change is that it looks a lot like a very large iPhone. The home button is gone, with TouchID moving to the power button at the top, and the screen taking up almost the entire face of the device.
If you were to line up every previous iPad Mini, you’ll notice that apart from a few camera changes, the device has mostly remained unchanged over the years.
Enter the 2021 iPad Mini, which appears to be completely redesigned. Up front, the Liquid Retina display (500 nits) has been increased from 7.9 inches (as seen in the 2019 version) to 8.3 inches. Instead of thick bezels all over, there’s now a screen that goes almost edge-to-edge—even to the bottom, since the home button is gone.
Apple has also updated the cameras with a 12MP sensor on the back, with a larger aperture (for clearer photos) and an improved flash for better low-light photos. Up front is a 12MP ultra-wide camera, and Apple has added a Center Stage feature that was exclusive to the iPad Pro. The feature automatically keeps you in frame while navigating a video call.
And yes, the Lightning connector has gone in favor of the USB-C port. The new Mini also comes with support for the second generation Apple Pencil. Instead of plugging into the Lightning port (as with the previous Mini and the first generation Apple Pencil), it’s automatically paired to the Mini and magnetically attached to the side, where it charges wirelessly.
Just like the latest iPad Pro iPad Air models, iPad Mini also comes with 5G connectivity support. Essentially, 5G is designed to provide lower latency and faster download speeds than 4G LTE.
But the iPad Mini isn’t it Just Apple iPad announced. The company also revealed the ninth generation of the new iPad. Starting at $329, it has an A13 Bionic chip, support for Apple’s True Tone ambient color adjustment technology on the screen, and a 12MP ultra-wide front camera with Center Stage for videos.
Like the new Mini, the iPad is currently available for pre-order and ships next week.
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