Apple Introduces Redesigned Sixth-Generation iPad Mini With Touch ID, USB-C Port, 5G, and More

Apple today announced the sixth-generation iPad mini, featuring a massive redesign with a larger display, an embedded Touch ID sensor in the Power Button, improved performance, a USB-C port, and 5G.

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The new ‌iPad mini‌ features a completely new design, dismissing the Home Button in favor of a full-screen design with an 8.3-inch display. The display features wide color, an antireflective coating, 500 nits of brightness, and True Tone. Featuring an A15 Bionic chip, the new ‌iPad mini‌ is up to 40% faster in CPU performance compared to the previous generation, with an even bigger 80% increase in GPU power.

iPad mini gets a huge performance boost from the new A15 Bionic chip, with its incredibly efficient design that delivers all-day battery life.1 The 6-core CPU delivers a 40 percent jump in performance, and the 5-core GPU delivers an 80 percent leap in graphics performance compared to the previous generation of iPad mini. A15 Bionic on iPad mini handles even the most demanding tasks — from graphically rich games to pro apps used by designers, pilots, doctors, and more. With its powerful performance and compact design, iPad mini is the ultimate tool users can take anywhere.

For the first time for ‌iPad mini‌, the new iPad features 5G technology, offering customers even faster performance, with download speeds of up to 3.5Gbps. Even with 5G, Apple says the new ‌iPad mini‌ still features "all-day battery life."

The new ‌iPad mini‌ also features a USB-C port rather than Lightning. Borrowed from the iPad Air, announced last year, the new ‌iPad mini‌ features a ‌Touch ID‌ sensor embedded into the Power Button.

On the front, the new ‌iPad mini‌ features a new Ultra Wide front camera with a 12MP sensor, allowing for Center Stage from the iPad Pro. With Center Stage, the ‌iPad mini‌ will automatically keep users in the frame as they move around. The back camera also features a 12MP sensor with Focus Pixels and a larger aperture.

Compatible with the second-generation Apple Pencil, the new sixth-generation ‌iPad mini‌ starts at $499 and will be available for pre-orders starting today and will be available on Friday, September 24.

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Top Rated Comments

_Spinn_ Avatar
36 months ago
The mini is better than the iPad they just announced.
Score: 34 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ladon08 Avatar
36 months ago

Eh, pass. Just another ipad mini.
Haha what was it supposed to be?? That is literally what it is called.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DataChris Avatar
36 months ago
5G! So basically the new iPhone MEGA!?!?!
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Truefan31 Avatar
36 months ago
It’s kind of ridiculous now if Touch ID isn’t in the power button of the iPhone at least........
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mcbumbersnazzle Avatar
36 months ago
$500 lmao. what a joke. Remember when apple just do product improvement at the same price instead of charging significantly more for each improvement they made?
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Saturn1217 Avatar
36 months ago
I LOVE how usb-c was touted as a huge improvement for iPad mini but it's somehow not good enough for the iPhone...

Loving the iPad mini upgrade.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)