iPad mini- Packing its punch in the palm of your hand
AppleMagazine|October 01, 2021
Although all eyes were on the Apple Watch Series 7 and iPhone 13 range at this year’s California Streaming event, the unexpected announcement of a refreshed iPad mini also got people talking. Bringing Apple’s smallest tablet in line with the iPad Pro and Air has helped to give consumers more choice, whilst a refreshed entry-level iPad remains a sensible buy.

INTRODUCING THE NEW iPAD MINI

Apple first introduced the iPad mini nine years ago, designed to appeal to consumers looking for a smaller tablet that they could take with them on the go, carry in their handbags, and give to the kids. After five generations, Apple has refined the iPad mini into a powerhouse, but it’s the all-new sixth-generation that’s getting people talking. The new iPad mini features a larger 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display and is available in four gorgeous colors and finishes. It offers up to 80% faster performance than the previous 2019 model. What’s more, the model comes with USB-C charging for the first time, and it supports flexible mobile workflows with 5G models, supports the second-generation Apple Pencil, and comes with new cameras that are ideal for on-the-go photography, FaceTime calls, and a whole host of other use cases.

Speaking of the product launch in September, Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said: “With its ultraportable design and wide range of uses from everyday tasks to creative and enterprise applications, there’s nothing else like iPad mini. With a new all-screen Liquid Retina display, a massive boost in performance, new advanced cameras on the front and back, Center Stage, USB-C, 5G, and support for Apple Pencil, the new iPad mini is a huge leap forward that can be held in the palm of your hand.”

AN ALL-SCREEN EXPERIENCE

Apple changed the game when it launched the redesigned iPad Pro a few years ago as it removed the large bezels and home button to allow for an all-screen experience. The firm did the same last year with the iPad Air, and this year, it’s the mini that has been given the same treatment, with an all-new 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display with narrow borders that allows Apple to keep the device in its same, small form-factor without compromising on space or size. The screen features technologies such as 500 nits of brightness, a P3 wide color gamut, anti-reflective screen coating, True Tone, and full lamination to offer next-level image and video quality, and with new landscape stereo speakers, users can watch their favorite content on Apple TV+ and Netflix whether they’re in the car, on a plane, or at home.

As with the iPad Air, Apple has moved Touch ID to the top button of the iPad mini, which allows for easy authentication to unlock the device, log in to apps, and use Apple Pay to buy goods and services on their tablet. For the first time, it supports the second-generation Apple Pencil, which attaches magnetically to iPad mini for wireless charging and pairing, ideal for playing games, taking notes, and taking full advantage of the new screen space and size.

SUPERCHARGING THE iPAD MINI WITH A15

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