Since the announcement of the iPad Pro, it seemed like Apple was starting to focus more on itself and less on its other tablets, like the iPad mini which hasn’t been properly refreshed for some time. There have been rumors that the iPad mini could get a massive overhaul, and of course, at the Apple event on September 14, they delivered.
According to previous rumors, the iPad mini now looks like a mini version of the iPad Pro with flat edges all around. It is now available in four new colors, including purple, pink, starlight and space gray.
The screen has also been enlarged and will now sport an 8.3-inch display while maintaining the same form factor that iPad mini fans loved. Apple also boasts that the new chipset will offer a 40% increase in processor performance and an 80% improvement over the GPU before, as well as 2x faster machine learning that will allow it to support future iPadOS 15 features such as live translation.
Apple also ditched the use of Lightning in favor of USB-C, which means that users can now connect various USB-C devices to the tablet, much like the iPad Pro. The iPad mini will ship with a set of stereo speakers and support the second generation Apple Pencil. There will also be support for 5G connectivity with speeds of up to 3.5 Gbps.
While we don’t know how many people actually take photos on their tablets, the cameras have been upgraded to a 12 MP rear camera with f / 1.8 aperture and True Tone flash, while the device front photo will have an ultra 12 MP -wide sensor with Center Stage support.
The new iPad mini will be priced at $ 499 and is available to order today and will ship to customers next week.