The iPad Mini is Apple 's most revamped iPad , but how does it compare to others? Screenshot / CNET This " story is part of Apple Event , our comprehensive coverage of the latest Apple news.
Apple announced two new iPads during Event "September iPhone 13 : an improved entry-level section 10.2-inch iPad and a iPad "Mini . One is super affordable. The other, not as much. And Apple already has a iPad "Pro (in two sizes) and the iPad " Air .
Which one should you buy , if applicable? We do not haveStill reviewed the newer iPads, but here are some buying tips that will hopefully restore sanity: When in doubt, go for this inexpensive ninth-gen iPad. Here are my thoughts after digesting the latest Apple event, now that all iPads seem to be out of the bag by 2021.
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iPad 9th generation: a safe budget bet ( but not very exciting)
I have always appreciated the entry-level iPad for its affordability. The new "template d 'entry level wins a few useful extras: more storage for $ 329 (64GB, rather than the ridiculously low 32GB of the lastst model), a faster A13 chip, and better cameras (most importantly, a Camera " Center Stage that follows your face via digital pan and zoom). It still uses the first generation Apple pencil, but I'm not sure that's a big deal (older pencils work well and cost less). It is also compatible with a range of keyboard cases. It has no USB- C, but at this price it seems expected for Apple. It 's my main recommendation right now, although I haven ' t chosen or reviewed it yet. Its predecessors were often on sale for $ 299 or less and this should also be true this holiday season.
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Entry-level iPad looks like any another entry-level iPad. Screenshot / CNET
The disadvantages of the iPad entry-level are mostly tied to the old bezel display (which adds TrueTodoes to adjust the color balance under different lighting conditions, but is still 10.2 inch and does not support wide color gamut like iPad Air, Mini and Pro). It still has some not-so-great speakers (they work on the eighth gen model, but you'll probably be using headphones, right?) That takes up space where the screen could be enlarged or the iPad larger. small). Apple says the ninth generation iPad works with older cases for the eighth and seventh generation iPads, which is good news for finding deals or using what you already have.
The upgraded model costs $ 479 ($ 50 more than last year), but has 256GB of storage, an increase from the eighth-gen model's 128GB storage cap. This corresponds to the storage levels of the iPad Mini and iPad Air.
The new iPad Mini: USB-C, an iPad Pro and Air-like with optional 5G. Screenshot / CNET
iPad Mini: an expensive mini-tablet with possible advantages
The the "new iPad Mini is intriguing. It's a smaller version of last year's iPad Air and, starting at $ 499, it's hardly super affordable. But it has some interest g the perks. It has the optional 5G, which only the iPad Pro had before. It also has this new Center Stage digital zoom camera, like the iPad and the iPad Pro. The larger 8.3-inch display looks promising, but lacks Mini LEDs like the Pro models or 120Hz ProMotion. It works with second-gen pencils, so you can magnetically snap a pencil on the side, which is nice. But the new design means it will need brand new keyboard cases and accessories. The price could increase depending on 5G and upgrades to storage, case and accessories, but it could also be considered as an alternative to phablet type iPhone for many people.t? This is the closest Apple has to such a product.)
I loved using the iPad Mini many years ago, but its smaller size means Also, it's not as ideal for dual-app multitasking, something the iPad has relied on more in recent years. The new Mini should handle all the multitasking tricks, but it has less screen space per app than the larger iPads ... and quite a bit more than the previous Mini.
One drawback for the Mini, if you use your iPad for text editing, could be its smaller screen and the lack of a smart connector. There are no Apple-made keyboard accessories for the new Mini, and it can be more difficult to find a good keyboard case.
The fixed iPad Air 2020 has some advantages, but some elements are already missing from the iPads of this year. Scott Stein / CNET
Last year's iPad Air: suddenly aging badly
The strange thing now is that the charming iPad " Air , which seemed to
Air may be a good value for sale, but i'm concerned about its future . As features continue to flow to the entry iPad, the fate of this Air might look like the old iPad Air 2017: it might end up being completely absorbed by the iPad from there. 'entry.
iPad Pros are stellar hardware, but also very expensive. Scott Stein / CNET
The Pro: Power at a price
The Pro " equipped with M1 processor has excellent speakers, microphones, a vibrant mini LED display and multiple rear cameras with Lidar for AR applications and 3D scanning. It 's also crazy fast. It's a nice piece of hardware if you can afford it. But the iPad Pro is running the same operating system as all of theother iPads, which means it won't turn into a Mac. It is limited by iPadOS, in many ways. If you're hungry for its power, or you're a graphic design or art professional with the budget for it, however, it has a reason to exist. But it doesn't have to be otherwise, unless you have a lot of cash to spend on fun tablet toys.