Apple had its California September event last night. The event is mainly famous for the announcement of iPhones but it’s not just the iPhone that gets unveiled in the event. Most of the time Apple also announces some other hardware products. In yesterday’s event, Apple announced two new iPads: iPad(9th Gen.) and iPad Mini.
The iPad has got exciting upgrades like True Tone Display, A13 Bionic chip, 12MP front camera with Centre Stage, and 64GB storage. The more exciting upgrades are in the iPad Mini. It has got a new design, A15 Bionic, 12MP front, and rear camera, 5G support, and USB-C support. Below is the more detailed specification and features of both the newly launched iPads.
iPad and iPad Mini Announced
iPad (9th Generation)
The iPad has the same 10.2-inch Retina Display but now with TrueTone. It was one of the long-requested features for the baseline iPad. Now the screen will adjust the color and temperature depending on the lighting environment. One thing that comes as disappointment is support for Apple Pencil 1st Generation. Even after an upgrade, the baseline iPad can’t use them much better than the 2nd Gen. Apple pencil. I hope it will be added in the next generation.
The new iPad is powered by an A13 Bionic chip. It is a nice upgrade over the A12 Bionic in the previous generation. As per Apple’s claim the new chip will improve performance by 20% in comparison to the last generation iPad. The company also touted the iPad as 3x faster than the best-selling Chromebook and 6x faster than the best-selling Android tablet. The performance users will get in this price range is actually way ahead of the competition.
On the camera front, the iPad has got a new 12MP Ultra-wide front camera. The availability of an Ultra-wide sensor and the powerful Neural Engine of A13 Bionic has allowed Apple to add the Centre Stage feature. As you might know, Centre Stage moves the focus of the front-facing camera automatically to keep the subject in the center. It will make the video calling experience more natural.
One complaint users have with the older iPad was only 32GB of storage on the base variant. Apple has heard it and the new iPad has 64GB base storage and a 256GB model for someone looking for more storage. If you are looking to purchase the newly announced iPad, It is priced at the famous $329 price and just $299 for students. It is already up for pre-order and will go on sale starting 17th September.
iPad Mini has always been the choice of users looking to get a portable iPad. But to be very frank iPad Mini design was very outdated and less appealing to the users. Now iPad Mini has got its much-needed upgrade not just in design but also in performance.
The iPad Mini has an 8.3-inch Liquid Retina Display with smaller bezels. With the same size as the previous generation iPad Mini, it provides a bigger screen. The Display is equipped with features like 500 nits of brightness, P3 wide color gamut, anti-reflective screen coating, True Tone. To achieve the full-screen design Apple has moved the Touch ID to the Top button just like iPad Air. The iPad Mini also supports Apple Pencil 2nd Generation. It connects magnetically to the side of the iPad Mini for pairing and wireless charging.
On the performance front, iPad Mini has got the same all-new A15 Bionic chip seen in the iPhone 13 Series. The A15 Bionic on iPad Mini comes with a 6-core CPU, 4 core GPU, and 16-core neural engine. It will provide a jump of 40% in CPU performance, 80% in GPU performance, and 2x in Machine Learning performance.
The iPad Mini has got an upgraded 12MP Ultra-Wide front camera that enables the Centre Stage feature. On the back, it boasts a new 12MP sensor with Focus pixels and a larger aperture. The back camera also has a True Tone flash to take photos in low lighting. With a much powerful ISP of the A15 Bionic iPad Mini will be able to take photos with Smart HDR.
The availability of A15 Bionic has got the 5G support in iPad Mini. Yes, the latest iPad Mini is 5G capable. In ideal conditions, it can provide a peak download speed of up to 3.5Gbps. It also has Gigabit LTE and e-SIM support. For faster Wi-Fi connections it has Wi-Fi 6 support.
The iPad Mini now has the support of USB-C instead of a traditional lighting port. It supports up to 5GB of data transfer that is almost 10 times faster than the previous-generation iPad mini. Availability of USB Type-C means iPad Mini can support a vast array of accessories including external storage and 4k Display, camera, etc. Apple has also added a Stereo speaker system for a high-quality audio experience.
On the pricing front, the iPad Mini is priced at $499. There are two storage options 64GB and 256GB. It will be available in four colors: pink, starlight, purple, and space grey. In terms of availability, the iPad Mini is already available for pre-order and it will go on sale starting 17th September.
Although Apple had added some much-needed features in the baseline iPad it still lacks a few important features. The design feels outdated and it still doesn’t have the support for Apple Pencil 2nd Gen. But other than these two letdowns iPad has got the True Tone Display, A13 Bionic chip, 12MP Ultra-Wide sensor with Centre Stage, 64GB storage in the base variant.
The improvements in the iPad Mini are very exciting. It has got a redesign like iPad Air and Pro which makes it much more appealing. Not just the design but iPad Mini has now the latest and greatest A15 Bionic chip. The cameras both front and rear are upgraded too. It is now also 5G enabled and comes with Type-C support. What are your thoughts about the new iPad model? Drop a comment below to let us know.