At its re-entry event called California Streaming, Apple unveiled the iPad mini 6 - its smallest completely revamped tablet - and the reliable and affordable 9th generation iPad.
The latest iPad mini features an all-screen design, A15 Bionic chip, Touch ID, Center Stage,etc. (Credit: Apple)
Fans of Apple have been waiting for several weeks: the back-to-school event, which took place yesterday, was the occasion to present the last products before the end of the year . The giant even took a little longer to congratulate itself on Apple TV +. If you have more than an hour to spare, you can watch it all at the Apple website or on YouTube . But if you want a quicker summary, here's a quick rundown of whatthe firm announced regarding its iPad lineup. Along with the iPhone 13 and the Apple Watch Series 7, a completely redesigned iPad mini 6 equipped with an A15 Bionic chip and a ninth generation iPad which brings an improved screen, a faster processor (A13) and a more end, were presented yesterday.
The iPad mini, small but top of the range
The iPad mini 6, a small protege of the firm, is just perfect. It all starts with design. It took an all-screen approach to Apple's iPad Air and iPad Pro. By eliminating the edges and the home button, the company increased the screen size to 8.3 inches with an expanded color palette (True Tone) and brightness of 500 nits. The iPad mini still has Touch ID, but like the iPad Air, it's now integrated with the power button on the top edge, where you can find it.t also the volume buttons. Instead of a Lightning port, there's now USB-C for faster connectivity with accessories like cameras and readers. The processor is also revised upwards. While the previous iPad mini was hardly slow with its A12 Bionic processor, this one is equipped with the same A15 Bionic chip as the iPhone 13. The Cupertino company claims that this in-house CPU offers an increase of 40 % of performance for the processor and 80% for the graphics circuit compared to the previous model. It also supports 5G for the first time.
Touch ID arrives on the iPad mini to offer the same ease of use and secure authentication as users know and appreciate - to unlock iPad mini, log into apps, or use Apple Pay. (Credit: Apple)
The camera also performs better. The rear is fitted with a 12-megapixel sensor with a larger aperture and a True Tone flash to improve low-light photos. Apple also says the A15 Bionic 's image processing processor "improves quality receipt imagescapturing details in shadows and highlights ”thanks to Smart HDR. Like the iPad Pro and the latest ninth generation iPad, the mini also has an updated 12MP ultra-wide front camera that supports the Center Stage feature. A feature of iOS 15, Center Stage tracks users as they enter and exit the frame so that they are always visible. While making a video call in FaceTime or other video apps, the iPad mini's front camera pans and swipes so you don't have to constantly rotate your iPad.
The iPad mini 6 is equipped with an A15 Bionic chip, which can be found on the iPhone 13. ( Credit: Apple)
The mini model supports the second-generation stylus that connects magnetically to the side of the tablet - priced at 135 euros excl. Tax - as well as a range of Smart Folio cases thin in a variety of colors: black, white, English lavender, dark cherry and electric orange at 65 euros excl. All these features are accompanied by a higher price: 559 euros HT against 459 euros HT for the previous model. Pre-orders are already open with a choice of four colors: purple, pink, starlight and space gray. The iPad mini will ship starting September 24.
iPad 9 th generation, an affordable tablet
The entry-level iPad presented by Apple yesterday looks a lot like the old iPad Air , with slightly thinner edges all around, but still with a larger top bezel. It features a 10.2-inch fully-laminated True Tone display and a 20% faster A13 Bionic processor compared to the A12 in the eighth-gen model. The iPad is the only tablet sold by Apple that still has a home button with Touch ID.
Equipped with a True screen Tone of 10.2 inches and an A13 Bionic processor, the 9th generation iPad becomes a very capable tablet. (Credit: Apple)
On the back, the rear camera has improved autofocus and low-light performance and the front camera became a 12MP ultra-wide camera accompanied by the Center Stage function on the iPad Pro. With this feature, the camera keeps the subject in the center frame while following it when it moves. As before, it also comes with a holder for the first generation stylus (99 euros HT) and a holder for the smart keyboard (179 euros HT). GB of storage, double the old one, this model is available in silver and space gray for the same price.ix than the old one of 389 euros before tax. Pre-orders begin today and shipments are expected to start next week.