Alongside the new 10.5-inch iPad Air, Apple today announced an upgraded version of its beloved iPad mini. The tablet hasn’t seen an upgrade since 2014 and, since then, smartphones have gotten bigger, eliminating the need for a compact tablet. But apparently, Apple still sees demand from the market for such a small tablet, hence we now have a new miniature iPad.
Judging by the exterior of the iPad mini, you wouldn’t assume
Inside, the iPad mini comes with an A12 Bionic processor, the same one found in the iPhone XS, iPhone XR, and updated iPad Air. You also get up to 256GB of storage, the company’s Neural Engine, an embedded M12 co-processor, up to 10 hours of battery life, a Lightning port on the bottom, Touch ID, an 8MP rear camera, a 7MP front camera, and Bluetooth 5.0.
In addition, the new iPad mini gets eSIM support.
Apple is targeting the new iPad mini simply as an upgraded version of the tablet many people are fans of. You get better specs, a better display, and Apple Pencil support, all of which will improve the lifespan of a new mini. It falls in line with the company’s seeming ambition of offering an iPad for everyone, what with there now being five different models to choose from.
According to Apple, the new iPad mini will start at $399 for 64GB of storage. It’ll go up to $549 for 256GB of storage. If you want cellular connectivity, you’ll need to pay $529 or $679, respectively. That’s pretty high for a tablet with just a 7.9-inch screen, but I guess it’ll be worth it if you like smaller devices.
The new iPad mini launches today at apple.com. Apple Stores will have supply next week. It’s available in three colors: Space Gray, Silver, and Gold.