For several years, Apple did not renew its iPad mini, and its design became increasingly outdated. The Cupertino company took advantage of Tuesday’s event to introduce the new iPad mini 6 to the world, the new version of the small tablet that promises to drive the bills in the small tablet market.
The recipe is the same as the iPad Air 2020, where Apple is introducing its new “mini” device with a powerful processor with 5G capabilities, updating its design to match the rest of Apple devices. So, let’s get acquainted with the long-awaited iPad mini 6.
iPad mini 6: More than just a ‘shrinked’ iPad Air?
It’s easy to see why so many fans have been waiting for a new iPad mini. The old design was already old-fashioned and no longer matches the modern look that Apple imparts with other larger models. However, the “mini” is still a very convenient size for many people, as it is compact, easy to store and has the basic features of an iPad.
In this sense, the iPad mini 6 has everything to make a splash in the market. The chassis size remains, but Apple has done a great job of taking advantage of the space on the front of the tablet to enlarge the screen and reduce margins, which in itself gives an instantly rejuvenated face to the iPad mini.
The screen is now 8.3 inches and has True Tone support, and the second generation Apple Pencil can be used as a navigation accessory in iPadOS 15. The overall look of this iPad mini is actually almost a copy of the 2020 iPad Air, which has a shrunken to give life to the new generation of hardware small tablet. And just like the Air, Touch ID is converted into the on/off button on the iPad’s side bezel.
The subject of the monitor still deserves to be commended for the maximum brightness of 500 nits on this panel, which will be especially useful for use in well-lit scenarios, while multimedia consumption will benefit thanks to the stereo speaker system, when used in the mode natural views.
This is the “pocket rocket” for the tablet market
Apple has been eager to underscore the power of the iPad mini 6 with surprising numbers. According to the American company, the new mini-tablet achieves 40% higher computing power than the previous generation, and graphics processing is 80% higher.
These values are due to the processor “under the hood”. It’s the new Apple A15 Bionic processor hexa-core Presented this Tuesday (six cores) that debuted not only on the new iPhone 13, but also on the iPad mini 6, which automatically guarantees that this is one of the most powerful devices in its class (it beats all iPad models, except for versions equipped with the Apple M1 ).
It should also be noted that along with iPad 10.2 (2021), this is the first tablet to hit the market with iPadOS 15 ex-factory, taking advantage of the new features of the new version of the operating system. The new mini has two 12MP cameras, one on the back and one on the front, while the latter hides in a wide-angle lens.
Finally, we must mention that thanks to the A15 Bionic processor, this iPad has 5G connectivity and that the usual Lightning input has been replaced by a USB-C input, through which the tablet can be charged at 20W.
Price and availability
The iPad mini 6 can be configured in space gray, stars, purple, and pink and is already available for pre-order, with effective arrival in stores starting September 24.
The basic 64 GB version can be purchased in Portugal at a price of 569 euros.
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