iPad mini Overview Updated October 16, 2021

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The iPad mini is the tablet you’re looking for if you want a portable screen but bigger than your iPhone and as powerful as it. When compared to all other iPads, it looks closer to the iPad Pro, as it features a powerful chip, USB-C, 5G, Center Stage, and second-generation Apple Pencil support.

History

The iPad mini was first introduced in October of 2012. Back in the keynote, this iPad contrasted with the standard model: 9.7 inches for the base model, 7.9 inches for the mini one. “Easy to remember,” Apple said at the time.

One year later, in 2013, the company gave this iPad a minor upgrade with the A7 processor and a Retina display. Only in 2014, with the iPad mini 3, Apple introduced the Touch ID on this tablet while adding support for Apple Pay.

Alongside the first iPad Pro, the iPad mini 4 was announced in September of 2015, but with the iPhone 6s and a new Apple TV also presented at this keynote, the iPad mini 4 was overshadowed. It received an A8 processor and its first redesign with a slightly taller and wider body than the previous models.

When everyone thought Apple wouldn’t launch another iPad mini, the company released the fifth-generation in March of 2019. This was the most significant update for the mini line at the time, with a major processor upgrade and the first-generation Apple Pencil support.

Two years later, Apple unveiled the sixth-generation iPad mini. It changed everything about its most portable tablet. Now with Touch ID on the upper button, a larger display with thinner bezels, A15 Bionic, better cameras, and new colors

iPad mini Specs

The sixth-generation iPad mini has an 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display with thinner bezels. With the powerful A15 Bionic processor, Apple claims it’s 80% faster than the previous model, making it the most capable iPad mini ever.

Users also get 64GB and 256GB storage options and a new USB-C port, allowing faster connectivity and cellular models with 5G bringing more flexible mobile workflows.

With a new 12MP Ultra Wide front camera and Neural Engine, users can enjoy even more engaging video calls. As users move around, Center Stage automatically pans the camera to keep them in view. When others join in, the camera detects them too, and smoothly zooms out to include them in the conversation. Center Stage makes video calls more natural in FaceTime as well as third-party video-calling apps.

It also has a 12MP main camera that can record in 4K for the first time. This iPad also brings for the first time support for the second-generation Apple Pencil, also attaching to this tablet’s side.

Apple offers third-part wireless keyboard options for customers who want to type with a proper keyboard.

It’s available in five new colors: black, white, dark cherry, English lavender, and electric orange. You can choose between the Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular (5G) models. This iPad offers an “all-day battery life” with 10-hour support and has a Lightning port for charging.

iPad mini 6 ‘jelly scrolling’ display refresh bug and other screen problems

Although many people praised the new iPad mini, some customers started noticing a “jelly scrolling” bug.

When looking at the iPad mini in portrait with the camera at the top, the right side of the display updates faster than the left side. Upside down, the left side will now update quicker than the right side. Curiously, the lag is much harder to discern when using the iPad mini in landscape mode.

Some people are also complaining about LCD discoloration and distortion issues

iPadOS 15 features

The new iPad mini comes with iPadOS 15. This operating system brings a redesigned Home Screen with widgets and App Library support.

On iPadOS 15, FaceTime group calls can finally appear in a grid, so it’s easier to see everyone. It’s also possible to share your screen, listen to Apple Music songs together, or watch Apple TV+, HBO Max, Disney+, and others while in a call.

In the productivity section, Apple, unfortunately, didn’t bring all the features pro users wanted to take full advantage of their new M1 iPad Pro, even though Apple made it easier to rely on multitasking features.

With the Quick Note feature, users can use the Apple Pencil to add a quick note. They just need to slide the pencil through the bottom right corner to the center of the screen and start writing.

iPadOS 15 launched for all iPads on September 20. Learn more about it here.

Pricing

The sixth-generation iPad mini pricing starts at $499 for the 64GB storage option with Wi-Fi only. The prices can go up to $799 with the 256GB storage option and Wi-Fi + 5G. Here are the full prices of the sixth-generation mini Apple sells:

  • 64GB with Wi-Fi: $499
  • 64GB with Wi-Fi + Cellular: $649
  • 256GB with Wi-Fi: $649
  • 256GB with Wi-Fi + Cellular: $799

Lower prices may be available from Apple’s official Amazon store.

iPad mini Review

We’ll soon publish our review of the sixth-generation iPad mini. As for now, you can watch our review of the fifth-generation model, as we described it as a “portable powerhouse.”

Until Apple decides to make a folding tablet, the best you can do from a portability standpoint is the iPad mini. If portability is the most important factor in your eyes, then there’s nothing more that needs to be said, the mini 5 is the tablet for you. However, if portability isn’t at the top of your list, then you’ll need to decide between the 9.7-inch iPad and the iPad Air 3. In that case, the deciding factor should boil down to performance versus price.

Although the design of this iPad looks a bit outdated in 2019, it’s still by far the best small-form-factor tablet on the market. And now with the added performance of the A12 Bionic chip, it’s not just portable — it’s a portable powerhouse.

Deals

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iPad mini Stories September 30

Pixelmator’s ML Super Resolution feature gets even better, runs faster on new iPad mini

Pixelmator announced that its ML Super Resolution feature was just updated to take advantage of a refined algorithm as well as the new A15 Bionic chip.

iPad mini Stories September 29

After tearing down the iPhone 13 Pro last week, the folks at iFixit are back with a teardown of Apple’s redesigned iPad mini. The teardown offers a deep dive into the so-called “jelly scrolling” affecting the iPad mini’s display, comparisons to the iPad Air, and more.

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iPad mini Stories September 24

I’ve only spent a few hours with the new iPad mini, but I can confidently say that it’s fantastic. It’s not perfect, no product is, but Apple has done something wonderful with the iPad mini this generation. These are my first impressions of using the 6th generation iPad mini on launch day.

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iPad mini Stories September 23

Apple announced the iPad mini 6 at its special “California streaming” event on September 14, and pre-orders began immediately after the keynote. While the official launch of the new iPad mini in stores is set for this Friday, September 24, customers around the world are already getting their hands on the device a few hours early (and because it’s already Friday in some countries).

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Yep, I admit it: My sole interest in the 2021 iPad mini was that it’s a super-cute gadget. I mean, it’s much more than that, but for me personally, I couldn’t really see a use for one.

I have the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and I have a 6.7-inch iPhone. It’s hard to see a role for an 8.3-inch device to sit between the two, which is why I admired the new iPad mini, but didn’t order one. I wanted to, though! Which prompted an experiment …

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iPad mini Stories September 20

Apple last week announced multiple new products, including the iPhone 13 lineup, the 9th-generation iPad, and the 6th-generation iPad mini with an all-new design. These new devices come with brand-new wallpapers, and you can download them right here.

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iPad mini Stories September 18

The iPad mini 6 pre-orders opened just after the “California Streaming” event, with the first orders arriving on September 24. If you waited until today to try to pre-order one by next week, you’ll probably need to wait at least the second half October to receive it from the Apple Online Store.

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iPad mini Stories September 16

With the new products introduced on Tuesday, Apple retired silver and space gray/black for some devices and replaced them with new starlight and midnight colors. While we haven’t seen the new colors in-person yet, it’s quite clear that they are very different.

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As reviewers get their hands on the new iPad mini hardware, we’re learning more about the specifications of the device. While Apple had already announced that the iPad mini 6 is powered by the A15 Bionic processor, Geekbench results indicate that the chip is actually slightly lower-power than what’s in the iPhone 13.

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One of the best surprises of the “California Streaming” event was the brand new iPad mini 6. With a redesigned look, better cameras, up to 256GB storage, Touch ID on the Top button, and 5G support, this is the best iPad mini ever created.

However, there are some things that Apple didn’t announce during the event that you may want to know before buying this new iPad mini. Check out our tidbits roundup.

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iPad mini Stories September 15

The new iPad mini introduced yesterday has several key improvements over the 4th generation iPad Air that the company introduced last year. Unfortunately, Apple did not refresh the iPad Air with these updates and instead opted to keep selling the existing model alongside the new iPad mini. We’ve put all of the differences between the two devices together, so keep reading to learn more about why the new iPad mini is technically better than the iPad Air.

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After a two and a half year wait since the last update, a totally redesigned iPad mini has officially arrived alongside the iPhone 13. The exciting overhaul for Apple’s compact tablet comes with a larger all-screen design, USB-C, the A15 Bionic chip, camera upgrades, 5G, Apple Pencil gen 2 support, and much more. Read on for a detailed look at the new iPad mini vs the iPad mini 5 and iPad Air.

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If I had to write a brutally honest headline for yesterday’s Apple event, it would be: Apple announces exciting new iPad mini (alongside worthwhile updates to Watch and iPhone).

It’s not that the iPhone 13 and Apple Watch Series 7 updates were uninteresting. Indeed, Apple has successfully sold me a new iPhone. It’s just that the improvements were, for most use cases, relatively modest when you compare them to the complete transformation of the iPad mini …

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iPad mini Stories September 14

Apple announced at its special event on Tuesday the sixth-generation iPad mini with a new design based on the iPad Air 4 and iPad Pro. Customers can now pre-order the new iPad mini on Apple’s website, with first deliveries expected next week.

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Apple has just announced during its “California Streaming” event a brand new generation of the iPad mini. The smallest iPad in the lineup now comes with a design language that’s similar to that of last year’s iPad Air, with slimmer bezels and no Home Button.

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iPad mini Stories August 15

In about a month, Apple should unveil its new iPhone models with the Apple Watch Series 7, the long-rumored AirPods 3 as well as a redesigned iPad mini. In his latest Power On newsletter, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman roundups everything Apple is expected to launch this fall.

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iPad mini Stories August 3

Over the past few months, rumors about a new iPad mini have gained even more traction. 9to5Mac also got an exclusive look at some of the features Apple is expected to unveil with its sixth generation. Now, Apple is surveying customers in China about the iPad mini size, iPadOS satisfaction, and more.

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iPad mini Stories July 27

Japanese blog MacOtakara published a roundup of features that could be coming to the iPad Air 5, iPad mini 6, and even the base-model iPad 9th generation.

According to a Chinese supplier, the next iPad Air is likely to be based on the third-generation 11-inch iPad Pro, which means that more than the 10.9-inch display, this iPad could feature a dual-lens camera system with a wide-angle camera and an ultra-wide-angle camera.

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iPad mini Stories July 26

A new iPad mini 6 coming as soon as later this year is set to have a handful of major changes, including an all-new design, a new chip inside, and more. Now, Ross Young at Display Supply Chain Consultants reports that the new iPad mini will feature an 8.3-inch display, up from the current 7.9-inch display.

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iPad mini Stories July 24

The rumored new iPad mini is expected to be unveiled by Apple in the second half of 2021. Of all the features rumored to be coming with this overhaul, what’s the one are you most excited about?

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iPad mini Stories July 20

Apple is widely expected to have a new iPad mini coming as soon as later this year with a design similar to the latest iPad Air. 9to5Mac has now learned from sources familiar with the matter that the new iPad mini, codenamed J310, will be powered by Apple’s latest A15 processor, feature USB-C connectivity, and include a magnetic Smart Connector.

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iPad mini Stories July 11

A report earlier this year indicated that Apple was in the midst of developing a redesigned iPad mini with no Home button and slimmer bezels. Now, Bloomberg reports that the redesigned iPad mini is still on track for a release this fall, while Apple is also continuing work on a larger iMac with Apple Silicon inside.

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iPad mini Stories June 4

In a new report primarily focused on the redesigned iPad Pro, Bloomberg also sheds new light on what to expect from the iPad mini. The report says that Apple is planning a redesigned iPad mini with smaller bezels and without a home button for later this year.

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iPad mini Stories March 17

Rumors have been swirling around for months about a redesigned iPad mini with thinner bezels and a design inspired by the iPad Pro. Concept artist Michael Ma, otherwise known as Apple iDesigner, has created some beautiful renderings of what this product might look like.

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