After sitting dormant for many years, the iPad Mini finally saw a major update to bring it up to scratch with the rest of Apple’s modern line-up in the September 2021 event.
The brand-new 6th generation iPad Mini features a brand new 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display with a resolution of 2266 x 1488 and a PPI of 326. It has a max peak brightness of 500 nits which is exactly the same as the previous generation iPad Mini 5. It also features a P3 wide colour gamut and True Tone which we have come to expect from modern Apple devices.
The new Mini also drops the home button on the front and adopts the ‘edge to edge display’ from the iPad Air and iPad Pro line-up with the touch ID sensor being relocated to the power button as previously seen in the iPad Air. This top mounted sensor will likely be fairly easy to use as the overall footprint of the device is smaller than the previous generation 7.9” model.
Apple Pencil 2 support is also brought to the new iPad Mini alongside a long-awaited swap, USB C. The Lightning port has now been phased out of all but the 8th generation iPad (in the iPad line-up) but as this new iPad Mini is designed more as a portable productivity device rather than a media consumption tool, this change makes sense.
The Apple A15 Bionic chip is present with a 6 core CPU made up of 2 high performance cores and 4 high efficiency cores alongside a 5 core GPU and 16 core neural engine. This chip is also found on the iPhone 13 lineup which is made up of the 13, 13 Mini, 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max.
‘The 6-core CPU delivers a 40 percent jump in performance, and the 5-core GPU delivers an 80 percent leap in graphics performance compared to the previous generation of iPad mini.’ – Apple
The iPad Mini still features a single rear camera however this is now protruding from the rear of the chassis to accommodate a new more powerful 12MP sensor, compared to the flush finish of the Mini 5. This upgraded glass also allows for 4K video recording and it is paired with a brand-new True Tone flash. The front facing camera has also been updated to a 12MP sensor and subsequently allows for Apple’s Centre Stage to work. This will allow the camera to follow you around the room to keep you in frame.
5G support is also on board for the 6th generation Mini for the cellular models with both nano SIM and eSIM support. Wi-Fi 6 is also on board although this is more of a future proofing exercise and to bring it up to scratch with the M1 Macs.
A new set of stereo speakers are also present when using the tablet in landscape orientation which will make a huge difference compared to the portrait orientation that the previous iPad Mini was designed to be used in.
Lastly, the iPad Mini is now available in a selection of new colours including the classic Space Grey, Pink, Purple & Starlight wich
The 6th generation iPad Mini looks a world apart from the 5th generation however if you glance at the rest of the line-up, it fits in much better. However the price jump to £479 makes it a little less appealing considering the iPad Air is only £100 more but comes with a lot more screen real estate and arguably becomes the better buy.
It is available to order now from Apple’s website with shipments starting on the 24th of September.