In a California streaming event on Tuesday, September 14, Apple announced its all-new iPad mini in entirely new all-screen design and mega breakthrough power.
Along with the new iPad mini, Apple launched its latest and most advanced major hardware technology, including iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini, Apple Watch Series 7, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, and iPad (9th-generation).
So, let’s get into the in-depth look of the mighty mini iPad in a whole new design.
Biggest Design Upgrade Ever
Apple gives its littlest iPad its biggest upgrade ever with a huge set of updates. A complete redesign that puts everything Apple users love about iPad right in the palm of their hand.
The all-new enclosure features a beautiful all-screen design with narrow borders and elegantly rounded corners. The design is notably light, thin, and absolutely stunning. iPad mini now comes in a gorgeous array of new colors with Purple, Pink, Starlight, and Space Grey.
Brilliant Looking Display
The all-new littlest iPad with an entirely new design features a brilliant Liquid Retina display. With the new design, Apple was able to increase screen size all the way out to 8.3-inch while keeping the same compact footprint.
With P3 wide color, True Tone, 500 nits of brightness, and the lowest 1.8% reflectivity in the industry, everything users view on iPad mini look great wherever they go, and delivering the new edge-to-edge screen meant a new location of Touch ID. So, just like iPad Air, Apple put it right in the iPad mini at the top of the power button.
Big Leap Forward in Performance
Apple said, “the iPad mini is already the fastest device of its kind” and the performance of the new mighty mini iPad is simply remarkable. The new smallest iPad sees a 40% increment in CPU performance and a whopping 80% leap in GPU performance. So, whether a user navigates through high-performance tasks or playing graphically rich games, the new mini iPad will power right through with ease.
The Neural Engine for machine learning applications also takes a big leap forward to the iPad mini with increasing performance by up to 2-times over the previous generation. Combined with CPU and GPU, the Neural Engine enables apps to deliver next-level experiences with a powerful new A15 Bionic, the fastest processor in the industry.
iPad users always rely on ultra-fast connections and the most compact iPad is about to get a lot faster and even more versatile. iPad mini now has a USB-C port to get the same great USB-C functionality as the latest 4th-generation iPad Air and iPad Pro that is up to 10-times faster than its predecessor iPad mini (5th-generation).
So, the smallest can now be able to connect to a vast ecosystem of USB-C accessories which a great for tech enthusiasts, including photographers who need to connect cameras when shooting on location or a doctor in a remote area using Butterfly machine to conduct ultra-sound.
In order to get the fastest cellular connections, Apple for the first time bringing “5G” to iPad mini with download speeds can be up to 3.5-gigabytes per second to stay connected on the go to take masterclass using SharePlay or to access real-time data and performance analytics.
Significantly Improved Cameras
Apple updated both front and rear cameras to get better connecting people with photos and videos. The rear camera now features 12-megapixel with Focus Pixels and a larger f/1.8 aperture to capture sharp and vivid photos. And also, the newly added a True Tone flash for improved photos in low-light.
With an ISP (Image Signal Processor), users will see enhanced photos with Smart HDR, which enhances image quality by recovering details in shadows and highlights, and according to Apple, now with the ability to record in a 4K, iPad now becomes “mobile movie studio.”
On the front, the iPad mini features the new 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera and 122-degree field of view that also supports “Center Stage” that has been a huge hit on iPad Pro and now finally comes to Apple’s littlest iPad. The new mighty mini iPad also features a new stereo speaker system in the landscape, great for listening to users’ favorite playlists or doing an Apple Fitness+ workout.
Versatile Accessories Support
The versatility of the new small-scale iPad is additionally enhanced by its amazing accessories. Apple introduces a new set of slim Smart Folio covers in beautiful coordinating colors that complement the new iPad mini finishes to perfectly expressing the personal style.
The phenomenal iPad in mini-sized now supports Apple’s second-generation Apple Pencil which magnetically attaches to the side of the iPad mini to always charge and stay connected and Apple mentioned, “Apple Pencil transforms iPad mini into the digital sketchbook.”
Designed With Environment in Mind
With the iPad mini, Apple continues its environmental commitment. The new compact iPad is built with a 100% recycled aluminum enclosure and every single iPad in the lineup now features environment-friendly components and materials to reduce the environmental impact of all Apple products.
Pricing and Availability
With the all-new design and a huge boost in performance, the new iPad mini starts at $499 (in the United States) for the starting 64GB model and $749 for a higher 256GB storage option. The pre-order of the new might mini iPad has already been started and it will be available next week in both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular models.