Apple unveils the all-new iPad models at the Apple California Streaming Event 2021. The latest Apple tablet comes with a starting price of USD 299 for education. The Cupertino based tech giant unveiled the all-new iPad and the iPad Mini alongside the iPhone 13 series. To recall, the iPhone 13 series features the iPhone 13, the iPhone 13 Mini, the iPhone 13 Pro, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Apple iPad, iPad Mini: Debuts
The new iPad models come under the 9th generation series. Whereas, the iPad Mini is the 6th iteration. The all-new iPad is powered by A13 Bionic chipset. Apple claims that this chipset will deliver 20 percent faster CPU, GPU and Neural Engine performance over its predecessor. Additionally, Apple also claims this tablet to be six times faster than an Android tablet. The Cupertino based tech giant is also offering improvements in the selfie camera on iPad 9 model. The iPad 9 is powered by Apple’s Center Stage feature. To recall, this feature is already available on the iPad Pro model.
The latest iPad model also gets support for accessories like Apple Pencil. On the other hand, the iPad Mini 6 model comes with an all-new design update. The design looks similar to the new iPad Air and iPad Pro model. Additionally, the all-new iPad Mini model includes features like Touch ID, USB Type-C and 5G support. The Touch ID is embedded in the power button.
Apple iPad, iPad Mini: Price and Availability
The all-new Apple iPad price in India starts at Rs 30900 for the Wi-Fi only variant. Whereas, the iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular connectivity option gets the starting price of Rs 42900. The tablet gets the base variant with 64GB of storage. It comes in two colour options including the Space Gray and Silver colours.
On the other hand, the iPad Mini price in India starts at Rs 46900 for the Wi-Fi only model. The Wi-Fi + Cellular connectivity variant of Apple tablet comes with a starting price of Rs 60900. The Mini model comes with 256GB of onboard storage. Apple is offering the iPad Mini in four colour options. It includes Pink, Space Gray, Purple, and Starlight colours.
In the US Market, the price for the base variant of iPad begins at USD 329 which is approximately Rs 24200. While, the iPad Mini price in the US starts at USD 499 which approximately Rs 36700. In the US market, both the new iPad and the iPad Mini is up for pre-orders. The official sales will begin from September 24. Although, the details about the India availability of iPad and the iPad Mini models is yet to be announced.
Apple iPad the 9th generation: Specifications
The all-new 9th generation iPad supports the same 10.2-inch display. To recall, the same 10.2-inch display was already available on the previous gen iPad models. Although, the latest iPad model comes with True Tone support. It will help to adjust the screen colour temperature according to the ambient lighting. As mentioned above, the Apple iPad get its power from the A13 Bionic chipset. To recall, the same chipset debuts with the iPhone 11 which was launched in 2019. Beside this processor addition, the new iPad comes with Neural Engine which offers enhanced performance.
As for the optics, the Cupertino tech giant is offering the all-new camera setup for the new iPad 9th generation. The Apple tablet features a 12-megapixel Ultra-Wide camera along with 122-degree field of view. It supports the Center Stage feature which was first launched on the iPad Pro models. Additionally, the ninth-generation iPad models also feature an 8-megapixel sensor at the back. Also Read: iPad Mini 2021 could launch with new Apple Pencil Mini
Apple Accessories, Pencil, Smart Keyboard
The latest iPad model retains the Touch ID home button. This home button was also available on the previous iPad models. Moreover, the iPad also provide support for various Apple accessories like the Smart Keyboard and the first-generation Apple Pencil. To recall, these accessories were not supported on the earlier generation models. It also comes with support for third-party keyboards.
Apple iPad with iOS 15:
Apple will be shipping this ninth-generation iPad with iPadOS 15. This iPadOS 15 was announced at the WWDC 2021 which was held in the month of August. The latest operating system for iPad brings an updated home screen and upgraded multitasking features. Apple iPad ninth-gen comes with both Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + Cellular connectivity. It comes bundled with a 20W USB Type-C Power Adapter.
Apple iPad Mini: Specs
Unlike the new iPad ninth generation model, the iPad Mini will not get the same display size as its predecessor. The all-new iPad Mini model comes with 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display. This display is larger than the 7.9-inch screen which is available on the earlier iPad Mini models. The latest model is powered by the all-new A15 Bionic chipset. The Cupertino based tech giant claims that this chipset is rated to deliver up to 80 percent faster performance than its previous generation chips.
As for the optics, the newer iPad Mini model comes with a 12-megapixel Ultra-Wide selfie camera. This camera sensor gets a 122 degree field of view. Additionally, it also gets the support for Center Stage which is also available on the iPad Pro models. At the rear end, the tablet supports a 12-megapixel camera sensor. This camera sensor comes in pair with a True Tone flash. It also supports Smart HDR along with 4K video recording.
Beside this, the new iPad Mini also includes stereo speakers. For connectivity options, the Apple tablet comes with Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth, and USB-C port. There is an optional eSIM support. This will enable Gigabit LTE and can increase the connectivity options. Also Read: iPad Pro 2021 models with Thunderbolt port launching in April
Apple is offering the new iPad Mini model with the support for accessories. These accessories include the second-generation Apple Pencil and Smart Folio case. Additionally, the iPad Mini also runs on the iPadOS 15. The Cupertino based tech giant claims that this tablet can deliver an all-day long battery back on a single charge. The iPad Mini comes in bundle with a 20W USB Type-C power adapter. Also Read: 2021 iPad Pro nearly matches M1 powered MacBook Air in benchmark tests