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Apple iPad Mini Review by : 5:18 am On October 10, 2021

iPad Mini (2021) is Apple latest tablet with large 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display inside the flat, sleek all-screen body design with 12 MP ultrawide front camera that supports Centre Stage and a 12 megapixels rear camera that can shoot 4K videos and HDR photos. This tablet is equipped with the new A15 Bionic chipset which according to Apple delivers up to 80 percent faster performance than the previous generation, coupled with 5-core GPU, 4GB RAM, 64GB or 256GB of storage to deliver next-level experiences.

Apple iPad Mini

Apple iPad Mini

The Apple iPad Mini (2021) has an Ultrafast 5G cellular network with support for Wi-Fi 6 for faster Wi-Fi connections and runs on the iPadOS 15 for user-friendly experience. It also comes with 19.3 Wh non-removable battery that can offer up to 10 hours of battery life. It also comes with support for the new Magic Keyboard with trackpad and Apple Pencil.


 Apple iPad Mini (2021) Key Specs & Features

  • 8.3 inches (1488 x 2266 pixels) Liquid Retina display
  • A15 Bionic chipset
  • Apple GPU (5-core graphics)
  • iPadOS 15
  • 12MP Rear Camera
  • 12 MP (ultrawide) front camera + Centre Stage
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB or 256GB Internal storage
  • 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6
  • Fingerprint
  • 5 Gigabit-class LTE cellular data
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life
  • USB-C connector for charging and accessories
  • Apple Pencil

Design

Apple iPad Mini (2021) has been completely redesign compare to its predecessor. It is slimmer, but with larger screen, flat sides, thinner bezels, hence the “all-screen” design. However, it maintains the aluminium chassis, and frame with glass front.

Furthermore, even with the all-screen design, the tablet still host the 12 mega-pixel front camera inside the thin bezel at the top. Apple has moved the volume buttons to the top edge, at the top right-hand corner and the power button also on the top edge in the left hand corner, integrated with Touch ID sensor that enables you to use your fingerprint to unlock the tablet.

At the bottom, there is a USB-C port for charging and accessories accessories connection, while the right side host the Apple Pencil (second-gen) connector and charger, as well as the single SIM tray.

Above all, the new iPad mini measures an overall dimension of 195.4 x 134.8 x 6.3mm and weigh 300 grams. It is available in four colours: Space Gray, Pink, Purple and Starlight (gold).

Display

Apple iPad Mini (2021) display comes with 8.3 inches Liquid Retina display which measures 77.4% screen-to-body ratio, thus offering wide viewing experience. It is built on LED-backlit IPS panel, and comes with anti-reflective coating which helps to cut down on glare, so you can operate your tablet even in bright daylight.

Furthermore, the iPad Mini display sports a resolution of 1488 x 2266 pixels, resulting in 327 ppi density, thus, offering immersive sharpness and brightness. It also comes with advanced technologies, including full lamination, P3 wide color support, and True Tone, for an amazing visual experience.

The Apple’s True Tone display technology helps monitors the ambient light in an environment and adjusts the colour temperature of the screen to make things easier on the eyes. And, thanks to the 500 nits colour brightness and HDR technology, this tablet offers better image quality than its predecessor.

Camera

Apple iPad Mini (2021) comes with an upgraded 12MP rear and front camera. This camera has f/2.4 apertures with 5x digital zoom, hence, it can capture sharp, vivid image and video. With the 5x digital zoom feature, images can be zoom to enjoy a larger and detailed image, even see the shadows and highlights.

At the front sits an upgraded the 12 MP TrueDepth ultrawide camera as against the 1.2 MP sensor on last year’s model with support for Apple Center Stage feature. This feature is automatically activated using machine learning to pan or zoom the camera, so it can keep users in view as they move around.

Performance

iPad mini (2021) deliver massive boost in performance with the Apple’s most advanced chip, A15 Bionic. The chipset makes it easier for users to edit 4K videos, create gorgeous works of art, play immersive games, and more.

According to Apple, this 6-core CPU delivers a 40 percent jump in performance to help handle even the most demanding tasks. It also supports a 5-core GPU that delivers an 80 percent leap in graphics performance compared to its predecessor.

This processor also has a separate 16-core neural engine, an advanced image signal processor (ISP), a unified, high-bandwidth memory architecture for machine learning tasks.

Furthermore, the combination of the new Neural Engine, CPU machine learning accelerators, and high-performance GPU enables powerful on-device experiences for image recognition, natural language learning, analyzing motion, and more. It also comes with 4GB RAM and either 64GB or 256GB Internal storage capacity.

Thanks to the iPadOS 15, the machine learning features also include Live Text, which uses on-device intelligence to recognize text in photos that users can take action on, and even translates text from photos into seven different languages.

Above all, the iPad Mini (2021) runs on the iPad iOS 15 which helps make navigating easier. It brings new features and designs that take advantage of the unique capabilities of iPad, such as its large Multi-Touch display, new widget layouts, quick note, split view and slide over and more.

Other Features

The Apple iPad Mini (2021) supports Wi-Fi 6 which ensures faster Wi-Fi connections. It also has 5G/ Gigabit LTE and eSIM mobile network which allows for faster wireless connectivity. Furthermore, the new iPad mini features a USB-C port, which enables faster data transfers and compatibility with more accessories and peripherals.

Battery life remains about the same as the last iPad mini, it can last up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching videos or listening to music.

iPad mini has had an audio overhaul too. It now comes with landscape stereo speakers which makes it a great device for watching movie or video calling. This device also supports Apple Pencil which delivers pixel-perfect precision and industry-leading low latency, making writing as easy and natural as pen and paper.

Apple iPad Mini (2021) Price and Availability

The iPad Mini (2021) Wi-Fi model has a starting price of $499 and Wi-Fi + Cellular models start at $649. There is also the Apple Pencil available for purchase separately, at $129.

iPad Mini (2021) Specs

Here are a few specs of the iPad Mini (2021):

General Features

  • Platform: iPadOS 15
  • Processor: Apple A15 Bionic
  • GPU: Apple GPU (5-core graphics)
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Memory: 64GB or 256GB
  • Colors: Space Gray, Pink, Purple, Starlight
  • Dimension: 195.4 x 134.8 x 6.3 mm (7.69 x 5.31 x 0.25 in)
  • Weight: 293 g (Wi-Fi) / 297 g (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
  • SIM Type: Nano-SIM, eSIM
  • SIM Count: 1 SIM

Display

  • Display: 8.3 inches Liquid Retina IPS LCD, 500 nits
  • Screen Protection: Scratch-resistant glass, Oleophobic coating
  • Resolution: 1488 x 2266 pixels, 3:2 ratio (~327 ppi density)

Camera

  • Rear Camera: 12 MP, f/1.8, (wide), AF
  • Rear Camera Features: Quad-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, panorama 4K@24/25/30/60fps, 1080p@25/30/60/120/240fps; gyro-EIS
  • Front Camera: 12 MP, f/2.4, 122˚ (ultrawide)

Storage

  • Built-in Storage: 64GB / 256GB
  • Memory Card Support: No
  • Bundled Cloud Storage: –

Network Support

  • 2G GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • 2G CDMA 1X: –
  • 3G WCDMA: 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
  • 3G CDMA EVDO: –
  • 4G LTE: Yes
  • 5G: Yes

Internet & Connectivity

  • GPRS: Yes
  • EDGE: Yes
  • 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: –
  • HSPA+: Yes
  • CDMA EVDO: –
  • 4G LTE: Yes
  • 5G: Yes
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes, 5.0, A2DP
  • NFC: –
  • Infrared Blaster: –
  • USB Port: Yes, USB Type-C 3.1, DisplayPort

Messaging

  • SMS/MMS: Yes
  • Instant Messaging: –
  • Push Emails: –
  • Email Protocol: –

Entertainment

  • Music Player: Yes
  • Video Player: Yes
  • FM Radio: No
  • Loudspeaker: Yes, with stereo speakers
  • 3.5mm Jack: No

Navigation

  • Navigation: A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS (Wi‑Fi + Cellular model only)
  • Maps: Yes

Sensors & Control

  • Digital Compass: Yes
  • Accelerometer: Yes
  • Proximity Sensor: Yes
  • Light Sensor: –
  • Barometer: –
  • SpO2: –
  • Pedometer: –
  • Heart Rate Monitor: –
  • Gyroscope: –
  • Fingerprint Sensor: Yes, side-mounted
  • Iris Scanner: –
  • Face Unlock: –
  • Stylus Pen: Yes
  • Intelligent Digital Assistant: –
  • Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: –
  • Voice Control: Yes, Siri natural language commands and dictation

Other Features

  • Video Streaming: Yes
  • Sensors: accelerometer, gyro, compass, barometer
  • Wireless Charging: –
  • Built-in Mobile Payment: –
  • Water Resistant: –
  • Dust Resistant: –
  • Image Editor: Yes
  • Video Editor: –
  • Document Viewer: Yes
  • Document Editor: –

Battery

  • Battery: Li-Ion, non-removable (19.3 Wh)
  • Talktime: –
  • Standby Time: Up to 10 hours
  • Fast Charging: 18W Fast Charging Capacity

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