no mini LED, unfortunately
Apple has announced its brand new iPad Mini. It gets a new enclosure with narrower bezels and rounded corners. The great news is that it’s bigger than the iPad mini 5 with an 8.3-inch display (up from its predecessor’s 7.9-inch panel), making the device even more viable as a driver for multitasking or schoolwork. Apple says the screen can reach up to 500 nits brightness and comes with an anti-reflective coating.
The iPad mini is currently Apple’s smallest tablet, even with the bump in size. It was rumored that Apple is considering a mini LED display on the new iPad, similar to its biggest iPad Pro. They seem to have missed the mark; The new Mini sports a regular Liquid Retina display.
The design of the iPad mini has remained largely consistent since its 2012 debut. The new model is a shake-up to the traditional construction, with a slimmer border than the iPad mini 5 and new color options including pink, purple and “Starlight” in addition to Space Gray.
The new tablet features a USB-C port (with up to 5Gbps data transfer), Touch ID on the top button (still no Face ID), a new landscape stereo speaker system, and upgraded 12MP cameras at the front and rear . A shooter with True Tone flash and focus pixels on the rear and a new 12MP ultrawide camera at the front, which will support Apple’s Center Stage feature. It also supports Wi-Fi 6 and optional 5G (with download speeds of up to 3.5Gbps), as well as the second-generation Apple Pencil, which attaches to the iPad magnetically and charges wirelessly.
The enclosure also includes 100 percent recycled aluminum; The main logic board’s solder is comprised of 100 percent recycled tin, and the enclosure magnets and speakers are 100 percent recycled rare earth elements. Apple claims that you can expect up to 40 percent faster CPU performance and 80 percent faster GPU performance as well as all-day battery life with the new A15 Bionic chip.
The new iPad mini is up for order today and will be available in stores starting September 24th at $499. Cellular models start at $649. The new Smart Folio costs $59, and the second-generation iPad Pencil costs $129.