The iPad Mini Is More Than Ever a Big-Ass iPhone

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Apple’s smallest tablet It’s finally got its biggest refresh in almost a decade. The new iPad mini, unveiled at the company’s virtual hardware event on Tuesday, is almost unrecognizable compared to its 2019 predecessor. We’re talking slimmer bezels, Touch ID, 5G connectivity, and even a USB-C port.

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Starting at $499 for Base Model, Sixth Generation IPAD MINI The buff champagne color will come in an array of fun colors, including purple, pink, and what Apple calls “Starlight.” If you’re into a more muted tone, you can also opt for the traditional space gray. It is currently available for preorder and ships next week.

But the most notable change is that it looks like a much bigger iPhone. The home button is gone, TouchID is moving to the power button at the top, and the screen is taking up almost the entire face of the device.

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The full iPad line, with the mini on the right. Next to it, second from the right, is the new base-model iPad.

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If you look at every previous iPad mini line up, you’ll see that, apart from a few camera changes, the hardware has remained mostly untouched throughout the years.

Enter the 2021 iPad mini, which gets a completely redesigned look. On the front, the Liquid Retina display (with 500 nits brightness) has been increased from 7.9 inches (as seen in the 2019 version) to 8.3 inches. Instead of thick bezels all around, there’s now a screen that reaches almost edge-to-edge – even at the bottom, because the home button is gone.

Apple also updated the cameras with a 12-megapixel sensor on the back, complete with a larger aperture (for sharper photos) and an improved flash for better photos in low light. There’s a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera on the front, and Apple has added a center stage feature that used to be exclusive to the iPad Pro. This feature automatically puts you in the frame as you move around on a video call.

And yes, that Lightning connector is gone in favor of a USB-C port. The new Mini also comes with support for the second generation Apple Pencil. Instead of plugging it into the Lightning port (as with the previous Mini and first-generation Apple Pencil), it automatically attaches to the Mini and magnetically attaches to the side where it charges wirelessly.

Like the most recent iPad Pro models and the iPad Air, the iPad Mini also comes with support for 5G connectivity. Essentially, 5G is designed to offer lower latency and faster download speeds than 4G LTE.

But the iPad Mini is not In college iPad Apple announced. The company also unveiled its new ninth generation iPad. Starting at $329, it packs a 12-megapixel ultra-wide front camera with the A13 Bionic chip, support for Apple’s True Tone ambient color-adjustment technology on the display, and the Center Stage feature for video.

Like the new Mini, the iPad is currently available for preorder and ships next week.

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