As expected, Apple’s “California Streaming” was packed with announcements, from the iPhone 13 to the Apple Watch Series 7. Apple also used its annual fall show to introduce its latest slates, specifically the 9th-generation iPad and all-new iPad Mini, whose The latter is a follow-up to the 2019 iPad Mini that takes heavy design cues from last year’s iPad Air. The new models will launch on Friday, September 24, starting at $329 and $499 respectively, with pre-orders starting today.
Where to buy the all-new iPad Mini
In terms of specs, the new iPad Mini is a far cry from the original iPad Mini model and one of the bigger innovations for Apple’s smallest tablet since it made its debut in 2012. The sixth-generation model features slimmer bezels, an A15 Bionic. chip and a larger 8.3-inch screen. Like the iPad Air, the upcoming tablet also drops the outdated home button, adds USB-C support, and includes a Touch ID sensor in the top-mounted power button. It also supports 5G and Wi-Fi 6, works with the second-generation Apple Pencil, and has a 12MP ultra-wide front camera, enabling the same Center Stage feature that Apple introduced with the iPad Pro last year. In addition, like the 9th generation iPad, it comes with iPadOS 15.
The latest iPad Mini is available in two different storage configurations, 64 GB and 256 GB, and in five colorways (purple, pink, starlight and space gray). The 64 GB configuration costs $499 and the 256 GB model costs $649; both models are available for pre-order from Apple today, with shipments expected to arrive ahead of the tablet’s launch on Friday, September 24.
Like the Wi-Fi model, the iPad Mini with cellular connectivity is available in two sizes: 64 GB and 256 GB. Both are available in a range of colors — purple, pink, starlight and space gray — with prices of $649 and $799 respectively. Both configurations are also: available for pre-order from Apple today.
Where to buy the new entry-level iPad
The entry-level iPad remains the most popular tablet in Apple’s lineup. The ninth-generation model keeps the same name that the tablet has had since its introduction in 2010, but shows several updates, including a new processor called the A13 Bionic, which is supposedly 20 percent faster than the outgoing model. Thanks to a 12MP front camera, the upcoming device will also support Apple’s aforementioned Center Stage feature, but the rest of the updates are more trivial. The new iPad still sports the same 10.2-inch screen as before – this time with Apple’s True Tone technology – as well as a Lightning port, home button and a single rear camera.
The new iPad comes in two different storage configurations, 64 GB and 256 GB, and in two colorways, silver and space gray. The 64 GB configuration starts at $329 and the 256 GB model starts at $479; both models are available for pre-order at Apple starting today, with shipments set to arrive before the tablet’s official launch on Friday, September 24.
Like previous models, the 9th-generation iPad also comes in a mobile configuration, which is available in both 64GB and 256GB storage capacities in one of two colors (silver and space gray). Both storage configurations are: available for pre-order starting today at Apple, with the 64 GB variant for $459 and the 256 GB model for $609.