Apple Now Accepting Pre-Orders for New iPad Mini 6 and iPad 9

At today's "California Streaming" event, Apple introduced refreshed versions of the iPad mini and the low-cost iPad, which was something of a surprise as we were expecting new tablet announcements later in the year. Both the ‌iPad mini‌ 6 and the ‌iPad‌ 9 are available for pre-order starting today, with orders up and live following the conclusion of the event.

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The ‌iPad‌ 9, which replaces the eighth-generation version, continues to be priced at $329. It features an A13 chip, up to 256GB of storage, and a new 12-megapixel Ultra Wide front-facing camera that supports Center Stage for video calls.

Compared to prior versions, it includes sRGB support and a True Tone display, with no improvements to the rear camera. It continues to feature thick bezels and a Touch ID Home button.

The ‌iPad mini‌ 6, priced starting at $499, features a much more significant redesign. The new ‌iPad mini‌ is basically a smaller version of the iPad Air with an 8.3-inch all-display design, slim bezels, and a ‌Touch ID‌ power button.

It too features a 12-megapixel Ultra Wide front-facing camera with Center Stage, and it can be purchased with up to 256GB of storage. It's equipped with Apple's latest and fastest A15 chip, which is also the chip used in the new iPhone 13 models.

The ‌iPad mini‌ comes in unique new colors that include pink, purple, space gray, and starlight, while the ‌iPad‌ 9 is available in space gray and silver.

Both the ‌iPad mini‌ 6 and the ‌iPad‌ 9 models will be delivered to customers starting on September 24, which is also the launch date for the new iPhone models.

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Top Rated Comments

Think|Different Avatar
37 months ago
The iPad mini was the ONLY thing I thought was a stand out of the event but the LAST thing I need.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DotCom2 Avatar
37 months ago
ordered mine already in Starlight. Have no idea what that color is but got it anyway. lol Silver-ish? gold-ish?
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Realityck Avatar
37 months ago

It's an iPad mini 5 for me then... Not yet ready for iPad mini 6...

What is the screen resolution of iPad mini 6?
see https://www.apple.com/ipad-mini/specs/ for mini 6

5th gen is

* Retina display
* 7.9-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch display
* 2048-by-1536 resolution at 326 pixels per inch (ppi)

6th gen is

* Liquid Retina display
* 8.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
* 2266-by-1488 resolution at 326 pixels per inch (ppi)

To be honest the cameras are a lot worse on the mini 5, so while the A12 Bionic is fast enough, the A15 Mini 6 would be way faster mini for a lot of things.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
1BadManVan Avatar
37 months ago

It's an iPad mini 5 for me then... Not yet ready for iPad mini 6...

What is the screen resolution of iPad mini 6?
What?… why would anyone buy a mini 5 over a 6. So outdated
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
imnotthewalrus Avatar
37 months ago

This looks like a nice upgrade overall, but I do have to say that I really wasn’t a fan of touch id on the power button on my iPad Air4. I had for a number of months, and sold it. I upgraded it to an iPad Pro 11 and much prefer Face ID. I also have an iPad Mini 5 that I use primarily as a reader, and I actually think the the home button is more convenient, jut because I always know where it is in an instant. And it’s easier to use. But maybe that’s just me…. Overall, for those of you have been waiting for this, it seems like an improved device. The slightly bigger screen size should be nice!
I seem to be in the minority concerning the Touch ID on the iPad Air 4. I’ve never had an issue (other than once or twice when my hands were wet) with it responding. I only post this so anyone on the fence sees at least one positive vote… :oops:
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Chlloret Avatar
37 months ago

This looks like a nice upgrade overall, but I do have to say that I really wasn’t a fan of touch id on the power button on my iPad Air4. I had for a number of months, and sold it. I upgraded it to an iPad Pro 11 and much prefer Face ID. I also have an iPad Mini 5 that I use primarily as a reader, and I actually think the the home button is more convenient, jut because I always know where it is in an instant. And it’s easier to use. But maybe that’s just me…. Overall, for those of you have been waiting for this, it seems like an improved device. The slightly bigger screen size should be nice!
Bigger Screen, nice. New design, very nice. Better batterie, really a reason to buy, USB C, sold.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)