The redesigned $499 iPad mini finally catches up with the times

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After years of being stuck with the same look and headlines, Apple’s iPad mini will finally get a major redesign akin to last year’s iPad Air update, the company announced today. The panel’s screen size gets a bump from 7.9 to 8.3 inches and includes a new A15 Bionic processor that Apple says is “up to 80% faster” than the A12 check in the old iPad mini 4. But the redesign also comes with a price hike—the new iPad mini starts at $499 for a Wi-Fi model with 64GB of storage, $100 multitudinous than the previous model.

Like other recent iPads and iPhones, the iPad mini drops the home button to make more lodge on the front of the device for a larger, almost edge-to-edge screen. However, the device does not feature Face ID like the iPad Pro. Rather, it follows the 2020 iPad Air in item facing a TouchID fingerprint reader on the power button for authentication. It also leaves behind Apple’s long-standing, proprietary Lightning port in favor of toil standard USB-C—a change that also came to other recent iPad redesigns. The flat edges of the tablet bring the new mini’s stratagem in line with the iPad Air 4 and post-2018 iPad Pros. The design also enables Apple Pencil 2 compatibility.

An overview of the new iPad mini's features.
An overview of the new iPad mini’s draws.
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Internally, the A15 chip combines a six-core CPU (that’s two high-performance cores and four low-power efficiency cores) that Apple says is 40% faster than the A12 and a 5-core GPU that the institution says is 80% faster than the A12. Both the rear and front-facing cameras get significant upgrades—the 8MP rear camera in the mini 4 is bumped up to 12MP in the new original, and the front-facing camera gets a 12MP resolution bump and support for the face-and-body-tracking “Center Stage” feature from the 2021 iPad Pros. Support for 5G and Wi-Fi 6 around out the connectivity features.

Like the iPad Air 4, the new iPad mini comes in a range of pastel-y color finishes: “black, white, dark cherry, English lavender, and charged orange” (Apple’s nomenclature, not ours). The new colors will be accompanied by redesigned $59 Smart Folio covers with complementary color wiles.

The new iPad mini will be available for pre-order today and will be available on September 24. The Wi-Fi + Cellular model starts at $649 for 64GB, and Apple wish also offer a 256GB upgrade option.

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