During the last few rounds of iPad launches, we’ve always kept a soft spot for the iPad Mini. This year, the Mini finally got the refresh it deserves. Overhauled with a new all-screen design, the tablet device got a good upgrade in the processor department and like its bigger brothers now comes equipped with a USB-C port.
Why do I need this?
If you need a tablet with you that’s actually portable, the Mini always felt like the right upgrade from the bigger iPhones. The iPad Air and Pro are tablets you’ll keep around the house more, whereas the 2021 Mini begs you to take it out and keep it close to you.
For creators it’s good to hear that there’s a nice bump in processor power with the latest A15 chip with neural engine. While not as powerful as the iPad Pro’s M1 processor, it will still be as capable as most modern laptops, so you can use the Mini 2021 to edit videos or work with graphic-heavy apps.
Speaking of graphic-heavy apps, artists will be glad to hear the new 2021 Mini now supports Apple’s 2nd generation Pencil, which allows for much finer detail and convenience with snapping it on the iPad to charge it.
The new screen design allows for more real estate, with a bright Liquid Retina display and narrow borders around the screen. Like it’s bigger brothers, the Touch ID moves to the on/off button at the top of screen to accommodate the new design.
Furthermore, the new Mini supports 5G and has better cameras than its 2019 predecessor. Like the Pro and Air, this is the first we’ll be missing a traditional headphone port on the Mini though.
- 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display with True Tone and wide color
- A15 Bionic chip with Neural Engine
- Touch ID for secure authentication and Apple Pay
- 12MP Wide back camera, 12MP Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage
- Available in purple, starlight, pink, and space gray
- Landscape stereo speakers
- Stay connected with ultrafast Wi-Fi 6
- Up to 10 hours of battery life
- USB-C connector for charging and accessories
- Works with Apple Pencil (2nd generation)