Apple Event: Apple brings back the iPad mini with improved design and performance.

Apple unveiled the new iPad mini with a larger 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display. The iPad mini features the company’s new A15 Bionic chip, which according to Apple, “delivers up to 80 percent faster performance than the previous generation”.

iPad mini comes in 5 finishes: Space Gray, Silver, Pink, Purple and Starlight

It also includes a USB-C port and cellular models with 5G. The cameras have been redesigned, with Center Stage enabled by the Ultra Wide 12MP front camera that automatically pans the camera to keep users in view as they move around and also detect others who join in. The iPad mini also includes support for Apple Pencil (2nd generation) which attaches magnetically to iPad mini for wireless charging and pairing.

USB-C port on the iPad mini

Tech Specs

• Colours: Space Gray, Silver, Pink, Purple, Starlight
• OS: iPadOS 15
• Chipset: A15 Bionic chip with 64‑bit architecture, 6-core CPU, 5-core graphics, 16-core Neural Engine
• Capacity: 64GB / 256GB
• Display: 8.3-inch Liquid Retina Display, 2266-by-1488 resolution at 326 pixels per inch (ppi), Wide color display (P3), True Tone display
• Supports Apple Pencil (2nd generation)
• Rear Camera: 12MP Wide camera, ƒ/1.8 aperture, Digital zoom up to 5x, Panorama (up to 63MP), 4K video recording at 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps, 1080p HD video recording at 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps, 720p HD video recording at 30 fps, Cinematic video stabilization (4K, 1080p, and 720p)
• Front Camera: 12MP Ultra Wide, 122° field of view
ƒ/2.4 aperture, 1080p HD video recording at 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps, Cinematic video stabilization (1080p and 720p)
• Sensors: Touch ID, Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Barometer, Ambient light sensor
• Charging and Expansion: USB-C port with support for Charging, DisplayPort, USB 3.1 Gen 1 (up to 5Gb/s)

Touch ID on the iPad mini

Pricing and Availability

The iPad mini comes with double base storage with 64GB and 256GB variants, both in WiFi and cellular models. Orders start today and will be available in stores on September 24.

64GB WiFi $499, WiFi + cellular: $649
256GB WiFi $649, WiFi + cellular: $799
2nd gen Apple Pencil sold separately for $129

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