Apple announces new iPad mini with slim bezels, 5G support; entry-level iPad with A13 Bionic

Apple iPad mini and 10.2-inch entry-level iPad have been launched at the Apple event on Tuesday. Read on for the India prices and specifications.

Highlights
  • iPad mini announced with new design, A15 Bionic chipset, 5G support, and 2nd Gen Apple Pencil support.
  • 10.2-inch iPad comes with A13 Bionic SoC, 12MP ultra-wide front camera, and all-day battery life.
  • The new iPad price in India starts from Rs 30,900, while iPad mini starts from Rs 46,900.

Apple announced the newest entry-level iPad and the iPad mini at its ‘California Streaming’ event on Tuesday. The iPad 2021 comes with a design similar to its predecessor, with thick bezels around the display and the Home Button. Meanwhile, the new iPad mini comes with a brand new design that includes slimmer bezels around the display, a USB Type-C port, Touch ID on the top of the frame, and a variety of new colours, much like the iPad Air. The iPad mini also comes with 5G support, something that’s missing on the entry-level iPad 2021.

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iPad mini with new design, 5G support

iPad mini

The iPad mini is arguably the most interesting of the two new iPads launched today. It comes with a brand new design language that sees slimmer bezels and a larger 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display. The tablet features a USB Type-C port and it supports the 2nd Gen Apple Pencil that can magnetically attach to the side. The iPad mini is powered by the new A15 Bionic chipset that also means it comes with 5G support. 40 percent improved CPU performance.

The iPad mini comes in four new colours – pink, starlight, purple, and space gray. The Touch ID has been moved to the top button much like the one on the iPad Air. Center Stage, which is a feature seen on the iPad Pro, comes to the iPad mini. It can detect people and move the frame around automatically. The iPad mini features a 12MP ultra-wide front camera with a larger field-of-view and a 12MP rear camera as well. The tablet ships with iPadOS 15.

iPad mini price in India starts from Rs 46,900 for the Wi-Fi model and Rs 60,900 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model. The iPad mini comes in 64GB and 256GB storage configurations. The iPad mini can be ordered starting today, with shipping beginning from September 24th.

Entry-level iPad 2021 with A13 Bionic

The new 10.2-inch iPad 2021 model does not get a design refresh like the iPad mini. You get a familiar-looking entry-level Apple tablet that features thick bezels and the Home Button cum Touch ID under the screen. The iPad (9th generation) is powered by the A13 Bionic chipset, which delivers a 20 percent performance boost over the previous generation. The new iPad supports the 1st generation Apple Pencil.

iPad 2021

The 10.2-inch iPad also features the same 12MP front camera as seen on the iPad mini. The larger FoV also allows for the Center Stage feature. The tablet comes with a base storage of 64GB and a 256GB option will also be available. The iPad 2021 will ship with iPadOS 15. iPadOS 15 will be available for iPad users around the world starting September 20th.

The new iPad comes with a starting price in India of Rs 30,900 for the Wi-Fi model, while the Wi-Fi + Cellular model starts from Rs 42,900. The iPad comes in silver and space gray colour options. The new iPad can be ordered starting today, with shipping beginning from September 24th.