Apple has recently announced in its “California Streaming Event” a brand new generation of iPad Mini 6 and an entry-level iPad 9 (2021) which is a contender for the best back-to-school tablet.
All about Apple’s budget iPad
The entry-level iPad now boasts thinner bezels and a more fast A13 bionic chip that will replace the A12 chip used in previous models.
The A13 chip, according to Apple, makes it 20% faster than the previous model and three times faster than the fastest Chromebook.
The rear camera’s low-light and autofocus performance has been improved. The front camera has been upgraded to a 12MP ultrawide lens, giving the affordable model Center Stage. This is one of the more expensive models’ distinguishing features.
The 10.2-inch screen gets the true tone for the first time in a budget model which is quite a perk.
It works with the Apple Pencil (1st generation) and the iPad Smart Keyboard.
The new iPad (2021) has 3GB of RAM and comes in two storage options: 64GB (double the previous model’s 32GB) and 256GB. It’s only available in Silver and Space Gray, with no Gold.
The $329 starting price for the new entry-level iPad (2021) remains unaltered. It will be available for pre-order starting today, with delivery scheduled on Friday, September 24.
And here comes the surprise element “iPad Mini”
Apple also revealed the smallest iPad in their lineup the “iPad Mini” with slimmer bezels and no home button. The iPad mini, like last year’s iPad Air, lacks Face ID in favor of a Touch ID sensor in the sleep/wake button, which allows users to unlock the tablet, authenticate within apps, and authorize purchases with their fingerprint.
The A15 Bionic engine (the same one that powers the new iPhone 13 but has slightly lower power here) coupled with 4GB of RAM, an 8.3-inch display, TrueTone, and a USB-C port (rather than the Lightning port on the previous version) are among the other features of the 6th-generation iPad mini. On cellular models, it also offers 5G networking. So the specs look good in this new iPad mini.
The back camera has been updated to 12MP with True Tone flash, as well as improved Smart HDR thanks to the new ISP. It can also record video in 4K resolution. Center Stage is also supported by the front-facing camera.
The new iPad mini supports the second-generation Apple Pencil, which can be magnetically attached to the device’s side, thanks to its improved design.
Preorders for the new iPad mini will begin today with a price starting from $499 and is available in 64GB/256 GB storage options (WIFI and Cell).
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