The iPad mini 5 was really starting to lag behind the rest of Apple's best iPads, which is why we're super excited by the news that Apple is upgrading its mini tablet this year. It has a super exciting redesign that mirrors the M1 iPad Pro (2021) and new iPad Air, as well as upgrades internally.
As was rumored, Apple's iPad mini 6 features an iPad Air 4-inspired design and comes in four gorgeous colors — space gray, pink, purple, and starlight. Its display has been bumped to 8.3 inches, up from 7.9 inches, while retaining the device's small overall footprint. Basically, it's a miniature iPad Air 4 in terms of industrial design.
Alongside the all-new look and increased display size, the new display features have also been improved with 500 nits of brightness, the addition of P3 Wide Color, and True Tone. It also has an anti-reflective screen coating for less glare and a fully laminated display for a more vibrant picture.
The new iPad mini features the all-new A15 Bionic chip with a 6-core CPU, a 5-core GPU, and a 16-core Neural Engine. A15 Bionic allows for 40% faster performance in terms of raw CPU, while GPU performance will jump 80% over the previous generation, according to Apple.
Apple Pencil support
iPad mini now supports the second-gen Apple Pencil so you can use the same stylus across your iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad mini devices if you have them. The volume buttons have been moved to the top edge of the device to make room for the Apple Pencil's wireless charging.
iPad mini has ditched Lightning with the 6th-generation model instead opting for USB-C like Apple's other premium iPad models. The new connector enables up to 5Gbps data transfer. That's 10x faster than the previous generation model and allows you to hook up all manner of accessories from external storage to cameras and even 4K displays.
The rear camera has been bumped to 12MP with Focus Pixels and a larger aperture. There's also a True Tone flash on board. The more exciting improvements are on the front, though, with a new 12MP sensor there and a much larger field of view that enables Center Stage for video calls.
In addition to display and camera improvements, iPad mini has had an audio overhaul too. It now comes with landscape stereo speakers which will make it a great move-watching or video calling device.
Yes, iPad mini features 5G connectivity for super-fast browsing on the go.
Price and availability
iPad mini starts at $499 for Wi-Fi-only models and $649 for Wi-Fi + Cellular configurations. Orders will go live today and begin shipping next week.