The iPad mini is back on track. Tonight, Apple surprised with the announcement of a newly designed iPad mini 2021. With a borderless design without a home button, it has the looks of the iPad Pro and iPad Air. And despite the fact that the screen has become larger (8.3 inches), it is just as handy as before.
iPad mini 2021
The iPad mini 2021 is a kind of iPad Air in miniature. So the home button is gone, but Touch ID remains. The fingerprint scanner is integrated in the on/off button. Face ID is not present; unlocking and paying with Apple Pay is still done with Touch ID.
The screen of Apple’s smallest tablet has gotten bigger. It now measures 8.3 inches, compared to 7.9 inches in the previous generation. Yet the iPad mini is just as compact as its predecessor. Due to the lack of the home button and the narrower edges, there is room for a larger screen.
More powerful chip and USB-C
Not only the looks are up to date; that also applies to the interior. There’s the A15 Bionic processor that’s 40 percent faster than the previous-generation iPad mini. It had an A12 Bionic chip.
The iPad mini doesn’t just say goodbye to the home button; the Lightning connection has also disappeared. USB-C will replace that. The connection makes it possible to connect more peripherals, such as a monitor or camera. Also, data transfer is ten times faster than before.
Camera iPad mini 2021
Apple has upgraded both the front and rear cameras of the 2021 iPad mini. On the back is a 12-megapixel camera. The previous iPad mini had to make do with an 8 megapixel sensor. With the camera you not only shoot better photos; you can now also record videos in 4K.
The selfie camera is already undergoing a complete metamorphosis: from a 1.2 to a 12-megapixel camera. The camera also has a new Center Stage function for video calling. If you move, the software ensures that you remain in the middle. Furthermore, Apple has released new Smart Folio Covers for the iPad mini. The small tablet also supports the second-generation Apple Pencil, which you can charge magnetically on the side of the iPad mini. As a result, the volume buttons have been moved to the top.
Price and availability
The starting price of the iPad mini is € 559. Standard you have 64 GB of storage, which you can expand to 256 GB. You can also choose a version with cellular (5G). You can pre-order the iPad mini 2021 today; September 24 you will have him at home.
- Price iPad mini 2021 (64 GB): € 559
- Price iPad mini 2021 (256 GB): € 729
- Price iPad mini 2021 (64 GB, with 5G): € 729
- Price iPad mini 2021 (256 GB, with 5G): € 899