Launched as part of Apple’s fall event line, the updated sixth-generation iPad mini has a whole new design, with an edge-to-edge display and support for the Apple Pencil 2.
As part of its product launch at a special event in September, Apple has updated the iPad mini for 2021. Arriving two and a half years after the latest iPad mini 5 refresh, the sixth-generation model brings a pint-sized tablet updated while still retaining its compact shape.
With an 8.3-inch liquid retina display with a resolution of 2,266 x 1,488, the new iPad mini fits into the same compact space as the previous model. The screen also includes True Tone, Wide Color and offers up to 500 nits of brightness.
To fit the new screen, Apple moved the Touch ID to the corner button, a trick it previously performed in the iPad Air.
Basically an iPad mini, Apple switched to USB-C instead of Lightning. Connectivity changes also include adding 5G support for the first time. Apple will include a USB-C cable and a 20W USB-C power adapter in the box.
As for the cameras, the back has a 12-megapixel sensor with Focus Pixels and an aperture of f / 1.8, as well as a True Tone flash. The new image signal processor enables Smart HDR enhancements, and the camera can also record 4K video.
The front camera has been upgraded to an Ultra-wide 12-megapixel camera with a 122-degree field of view. The change allows the iPad mini to gain support for Center Stage, an automatic frame adjustment feature as seen on other iPad models.
Apple has also introduced support for the Apple Pencil 2, which allows for magnetic charging on the device.
The audio system has also been improved, including stereo speakers when used in landscape orientation.
It powers the iPad Mini A15 Bionic chip, with a 6-core CPU offering a 40% performance jump, and a 5-core GPU with 80% performance improvement. The 16-core neural motor and new ML accelerators are said to make the A15 twice as fast in ML tasks as its predecessor.
The iPad mini is available for ordering in 28 countries and regions, and availability begins Friday, in 64GB and 256GB capacities. It will be offered in pink, bright star, purple and space gray.
Along with the new iPad mini, Apple introduces several new smart foils adapted to the colors of the new device. They attach magnetically to provide front and rear protection and can be rolled up to act as a portable stand.
The starting price is $ 499 for 64GB with Wi-Fi, while Wi-Fi + Cellular models will start at $ 649.
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