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Apple iPad mini Gets a Complete Makeover Starting at $499

New Apple iPad mini features an all-screen design, the A15 Bionic chip, Center Stage, 5G, and more

Apple iPad mini 2021 in hand

If the new Apple iPad didn’t excite you today with its next series of updates, you might want to take a closer look at the brand new Apple iPad mini that is a completely new design.

Apple has unveiled a new iPad mini with breakthrough performance in a rather stunning new design.

The new Apple iPad mini is now available with a larger 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display — in four gorgeous finishes.

Apple iPad mini 2021 colors
Apple iPad mini (2021 model)

The new iPad mini features new speakers but Apple completely glossed over any improvements to the internal DAC or how it will offer better sound quality with Apple Music with lossless and Spatial Audio.

Featuring the brand new A15 Bionic chip, the new iPad mini delivers up to 80 percent faster performance than the previous generation, making it the most capable iPad mini ever.

A new USB-C port allows faster connectivity, and cellular models with 5G bring more flexible mobile workflows. New advanced cameras, Center Stage, and support for Apple Pencil (2nd generation) enable new ways for users to capture photos and videos, communicate with loved ones, and jot down their ideas when creativity strikes.

“With its ultra-portable design and wide range of uses from everyday tasks to creative and enterprise applications, there’s nothing else like iPad mini,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

“With a new all-screen Liquid Retina display, massive boost in performance, new advanced cameras on the front and back, Center Stage, USB-C, 5G, and support for Apple Pencil, the new iPad mini is a huge leap forward that can be held in the palm of your hand.”

New All-Screen Design in 4 Finishes

The new iPad mini delivers an amazing experience in a gorgeous new array of finishes — pink, starlight, purple, and space gray. iPad mini features a larger 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display with narrow borders, all while keeping the same compact footprint.

With advanced technologies such as 500 nits of brightness, a P3 wide color gamut, anti-reflective screen coating, True Tone, and full lamination, images and video will be vibrant and come right up to the surface of the glass. And new landscape stereo speakers, combined with the new display, deliver a great movie-viewing experience.

Apple iPad mini 2021 with TouchID button
Apple iPad mini 2021 with TouchID button

The all-screen design is enabled by moving Touch ID to the top button of iPad mini. Touch ID delivers the same ease of use and secure authentication users know and love — to unlock iPad mini, log in to apps, or use Apple Pay. iPad mini now supports Apple Pencil (2nd generation), which attaches magnetically to iPad mini for wireless charging and pairing.

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A15 Bionic Brings Powerful Performance to iPad mini

iPad mini gets a huge performance boost from the new A15 Bionic chip, with its incredibly efficient design that delivers all-day battery life.

The 6-core CPU delivers a 40 percent jump in performance, and the 5-core GPU delivers an 80 percent leap in graphics performance compared to the previous generation of iPad mini. A15 Bionic on iPad mini handles even the most demanding tasks — from graphically rich games to pro apps used by designers, pilots, doctors, and more.

Apple iPad mini 2021 Homescreen
Apple iPad mini (2021 model) Homescreen with iPadOS15

With its powerful performance and compact design, iPad mini is the ultimate tool users can take anywhere. Advanced machine learning (ML) functions are powered by a 16-core Neural Engine and new ML accelerators in the CPU, delivering 2x faster ML tasks than its predecessor.

Combined with the CPU and GPU, the Neural Engine enables apps to deliver next-level experiences, such as image recognition and natural language learning. With iPadOS 15, powerful new ML features include Live Text, which uses on-device intelligence to recognize text in photos that users can take action on, and even translates text from photos into seven different languages.

5G and USB-C for Faster Connectivity

With 5G now available on iPad mini, customers can do even more with faster wireless connectivity on the go. 5G allows iPad mini to reach peak speeds of up to 3.5Gbps in ideal conditions.

Users can now stay connected and be even more productive wherever they are — from everyday activities like friends playing games, to field service technicians working onsite.

Combined with continued support for Gigabit LTE and eSIM, iPad mini offers incredible flexibility when users need to get connected. Wi-Fi 6 ensures even faster Wi-Fi connections as well. iPad mini now features a USB-C port for up to 5Gbps data transfer, which is 10x faster than the previous generation, and connects to a vast ecosystem of USB-C accessories, including cameras and external storage and displays up to 4K.

USB-C enables workflows with high-bandwidth input and output for everyday users and creative professionals alike — perfect for a photographer connecting cameras when shooting on location, or a doctor conducting an ultrasound remotely.

The new iPad mini is available to order beginning today, and will be in stores beginning Friday, September 24. Pricing start at $499.

Apple iPad Family 2021
Apple iPad Family 2021

Also new for Fall 2021, Apple’s 9th generation iPad (with home button) which is pictured above (second from right).

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