2021 iPad mini: News, Price, Release Date, and Specs

The biggest iPad mini yet, with USB-C and 5G

iPad mini 2021 home screen
iPad mini 2021 home screen.

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After other new Apple devices announced in 2021, including a new iPad Pro, a 6th generation iPad mini is no surprise. The current version was released nearly two years ago, so the mini 6 follows the company’s other 2021 products with improvements such as 5G, an A15 Bionic chip, USB-C, and a larger screen.

When Will the iPad Mini Be Released?

Esteemed analyst and avid leaker Ming-Chi Kuo originally targeted 2020 for the new iPad mini’s release. But it wasn't announced until 2021 at the September 14 Apple event that we were given all the details about the new tablet.

This iPad will be available in stores and online September 24, 2021.

2021 iPad mini Price

The last several iPad minis launched at $399 (for the lower-end models), but this one starts off at $499 in the US. The higher-end models that support cellular connectivity begin at $649.

Pre-Order Information

You've been able to pre-order the 2021 iPad mini on Apple's website from September 14, 2021. It'll be available on September 24.

2021 iPad mini Features

There are several upgrades that arrived in this iPad mini:

  • Larger screen: This iPad replaces the previous 7.9-inch one with a larger, 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display.
  • Higher performance: A natural evolution to faster and better processors is a given in the tech world. According to Apple, this iPad delivers up to 80 percent faster performance than the previous generation, making it the most capable iPad mini ever. It uses the A15 Bionic chip.
  • 5G support: If you subscribe to a mobile data plan that supports 5G, you can now take advantage of those higher speeds on your iPad. However, this isn't mmWave 5G.
  • Touch ID: The thinner bezels on this iPad means that Touch ID had to be moved. It's now built-in to the top button.
  • Center Stage: Center Stage has expanded beyond iPad Pro now that it has arrived on the 2021 iPad mini. It can automatically pan the camera to keep users in view as they move around. Learn more about how Center Stage works here.
  • 2nd gen Apple Pencil support: The latest Apple Pencil was released in late 2018 and worked on iPad Air and Pro only, but Apple has now included the newest mini to that list. It attaches magnetically for wireless charging and pairing. It's sold separately.
  • iPadOS 15: The iPad mini 6th-gen ships with iPadOS 15.
  • USB-C: Apple ditches the Lightning port in this iPad for USB-C, a first for the mini, pushing it into the modern space with the latest Pro and Air tablets. This means that it's 10x faster than the previous generation and works with things like cameras, external storage, and displays up to 4K.
iPad mini connected to camera

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New iPad mini Specs and Hardware

According to Apple, the 6-core CPU and 5-core GPU deliver a 40 percent and 80 percent leap, respectively, in performance when this iPad is compared to the previous generation of iPad mini.

2021 iPad mini Specs
Finish: Pink, Starlight, Purple, and Space Gray
Capacity: 64 GB and 256 GB
Display: 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display / 500 nits brightness / P3 wide color gamut / anti-reflective screen coating / True Tone
Chip: A15 Bionic chip with 64‑bit architecture / 6-core CPU / 5-core graphics / 16-core Neural Engine
Camera: 12MP Wide / 5x digital zoom / Quad-LED True Tone flash / Focus Pixels / 63MP panorama / Smart HDR 3
Video Recording: 4K, 1080p HD, and 720p HD video recording / Quad-LED True Tone Flash / cinematic video stabilization
FaceTime HD Camera: 12MP Ultra Wide / Smart HDR 3 / cinematic video stabilization / lens correction / Retina flash
Cellular and Wireless: 5G NR / FDD-LTE / TD-LTE / UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA / Wi-Fi calling
SIM Card: Nano-SIM / eSIM
Sensors: Touch ID / three-axis gyro / accelerometer / barometer / ambient light sensor
Power and Battery: 19.3-watt-hour rechargeable battery / up to 10hrs of web surfing or video watching on Wi-Fi (9hrs on cell data) / power adapter or USB-C to computer charging
Operating System: iPadOS 15
iPad mini 2021 colors

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The Latest News About the 2021 iPad mini

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