Should You Buy an iPad mini?
The iPad mini is Apple's smallest tablet and the newest model features a new design, the latest A15 Bionic chip, a USB-C port, and more.
Announced in September 2021, the iPad mini is among the newest iPads in Apple's lineup and it is at the start of its product cycle. Apple does not seem to update the iPad mini regularly, leaving up to two and a half years between upgrades, and there is no immediate sign of a new model on the horizon. Since it only recently launched, now is a very good time to buy the sixth-generation iPad mini.
While the iPad mini is Apple's smallest iPad for those who want features like an all-screen design and USB-C in the most portable form factor, users who are looking for a more affordable option should consider the ninth-generation iPad. Starting at $329, the iPad offers many iPad mini features, such as Touch ID and Center Stage, but at a lower price that balances functionality and affordability.
On the other hand, for an iPad with a larger display, there is the $599 iPad Air. The iPad Air features a Smart Connector on its rear to connect to keyboard cases, and its larger, 10.9-inch display is better for productivity tasks or media consumption.
The iPad mini 6
Apple introduced the sixth-generation iPad mini in September 2021, a two and a half years after the introduction of the previous model, featuring a complete redesign with a larger display, no Home Button, the A15 Bionic chip, and a USB-C port.
The iPad mini now mirrors the design of the 10.9-inch iPad Air with an all-screen design, squared-off edges, and a Touch ID fingerprint scanner in the top button. The main difference from the iPad Air is the lack of a Smart Connector on the rear and that the volume buttons have been relocated to the top edge of the device.
The iPad mini now features a larger, 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display with a resolution of 2266 by 1488. The display continues to feature True Tone and P3 wide color, and offers up to 500 nits of brightness.
It is equipped with the A15 Bionic chip, Apple's latest A-series chip from the iPhone 13, for up to 80 percent better performance than the previous iPad mini. Cellular iPad mini models also can now connect to 5G for the first time.
There is a new 12MP Wide rear camera with an ƒ/1.8 aperture and the front-facing camera also gets a major upgrade, with a 12MP Ultra Wide camera, featuring Center Stage for video calls.
The sixth-generation iPad mini also supports the second-generation Apple Pencil, which magnetically attaches to the side for storage, pairing, and charging. It features the same all-day battery life as other iPads, lasting up to around 10 hours.
The iPad mini comes in three new colors, including Pink, Starlight, Purple, in addition to Space Gray from previous years.
The new iPad mini is available to order now and starts at $499 for the 64GB Wi-Fi-only model, going up to $649 for the 256GB model. Cellular models are available for $150 more over the base price of each configuration. The second-generation Apple Pencil that works with the iPad mini is available for $129.Note: See an error in this roundup or want to offer feedback? Send us an email here.
How to Buy
The iPad mini can be purchased from the online Apple Store and Apple retail stores. The 64GB iPad mini is available for $499, while the 256GB model costs $649.
The WiFi and Cellular model with 64GB storage is priced at $649, and the 256GB WiFi and Cellular is available for $799.
As of January 2020, Apple is offering discounted iPad mini 5 models from its refurbished store. Availability of different capacities and colors varies based on available stock.
iPad Buyer's Guide
If you're trying to figure out which iPad is best for you out of Apple's current tablet lineup, make sure to check out our iPad Buyer's Guide, which goes through each of the available options and helps you figure out which iPad will meet your specific needs.