The costlier iPad mini 2021 is one of the best Apple has ever made


  • The 6th generation iPad mini.

    Andrew Cunningham

  • The new iPad mini compared to the 2020 iPad Air 4.

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  • Both tablets are available in different pastel colors; Here is the purple mini compared to the Sky Blue iPad Air.

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  • The new Mini looks almost identical to the iPad Air, from the flat edges and back to the rounded, narrow bezel screen.

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  • The iPad mini in its $ 59 English Lavender smart folio case with a $ 129 Apple Pencil 2 on top.

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  • The iPad mini’s 12-megapixel rearview camera is identical to that of the iPad Air 4, although the minis will benefit somewhat from the updated ISP in the Apple A15.

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  • Both tablets use a USB-C port for charging and accessories.

    Andrew Cunningham

The new iPad mini – no matter whether you choose it as the 2021 iPad mini, iPad mini 6 or iPad mini (6. This applies regardless of whether you compare this iPad mini with the last one or compare it with the other iPads that Apple sells.

The Mini almost always seems to lose out on the rare occasions that it is updated at all. It has been saddled with older, slower processors or inferior screens or outdated designs. This iPad mini, on the other hand, has a completely modern design and a state-of-the-art Apple A15 chip. It’s a fantastic tablet – if you’re the type of person who’s already excited about the iPad mini.

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That’s a big if, because as great as the Mini is, its position in Apple’s lineup remains awkward. The $ 329 iPad (also updated with a new chip and other tweaks) is a great all-round tablet for kids and budget-conscious adults. And the $ 599 iPad Air 4 is barely more expensive than the Mini and has a larger screen that better suits the computer-based multitasking features Apple keeps adding to iPadOS.

For now, we’re focusing on testing the Mini for its own merits for the people who already know they want one. Just know that if you are already satisfied with another iPad or a large screen iPhone, none of the upgrades to the new model add to its appeal.

Look and feel

Technical data at a glance: 2021 Apple iPad mini (6th generation)
screen 2266 × 1488 8.3-inch (326 PPI) touchscreen with True Tone
SHE iPad 15
Central processor Apple A15
R.A.M. 4GB
GPU Apple A15
storage 64GB or 256GB
Networking 802.11ax Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 (5G / LTE optional add-on)
Ports USB-C
camera 12MP rear camera, 12MP wide angle front camera
size 7.69 x 5.3 x 0.25 in (195.4 x 134.8 x 6.3 mm)
weight 0.65 pounds (293 g) for the Wi-Fi model; 0.66 pounds (297 g) for cellular
battery 19.3 Wh
Starting price $ 499 (WiFi only)
Other perks Support for Apple Pencil 2

The new iPad mini is more precisely an iPad Air mini – almost everything in its design was taken directly from the 4th generation iPad Air, which Apple released in 2020.

The iPad Air has taken the basic design and physical dimensions of the 11-inch iPad Pro and cut some features to make it cheaper. The Air has a TouchID fingerprint sensor mounted on the power button instead of FaceID, a 60 Hz retina display without ProMotion support, an Apple A-series chip instead of a more powerful M-series chip, and a simple one Reversing camera without additional lenses or LIDAR sensors.


The iPad mini is just that, only smaller.

Like the redesigned iPad Air, the new Mini has a slimmer display frame around the screen, a USB-C port (but no headphone jack), and flat edges that allow the second-generation Apple Pencil to be attached, paired, and charged. Its 8.3-inch screen with rounded corners is a shade narrower than the previous Mini’s 7.9-inch screen, but its height increases enough to make the screen larger diagonally. Even so, removing the home button and shrinking the display bezel makes the new Mini about a quarter-inch shorter than the old one, while keeping the width, depth, and weight about the same.

Like the Air, the new iPad mini also comes in a few subtle color options in addition to the typical space gray. Our test device is the purple model, but pink and “Starlight” finishes are also available (Starlight is somewhere between the silver and gold paintwork of older iPads).

  • The Apple Pencil 2 is almost as long as the iPad mini itself.

    Andrew Cunningham

  • For this reason, Apple moved the volume buttons to the top of the tablet instead of their usual place on the right edge.

    Andrew Cunningham

Aside from size, there are actually only two big differences between the iPad Air 4 and the new iPad mini – one is the volume buttons that have been moved from the right edge of the tablet to the top left, on the same side of the iPad that the power button is on . This frees up space on the right side of the tablet to stick the second generation Apple Pencil, as the pencil is almost as long as the tablet and otherwise there would not be enough space for it.

The second difference, which also applied to the previous iPad mini, is the still missing Smart Connector on the back or on the edge of the tablet. Nothing prevents you from pairing a Bluetooth keyboard or keyboard case with the iPad mini and enjoying the same keyboard and trackpad support that other iPads have. But this laptop replacement use case just doesn’t go well with the Mini’s small screen. The lack of a Smart Connector is Apple’s subtle hint that if you want to do something like this, you should get one of the larger iPads.


Camera and speakers

The new iPad mini has improved cameras and redesigned speakers. The camera system is a combination of parts from the iPad Air 4 and the latest iPad Pros. From the Air 4, the new Mini inherits a 12-megapixel rear-view camera with a single lens and LED flash – the improved image signal processor in the Apple A15 chip can slightly improve its photos compared to those the iPad Air takes, but photos from any camera looks similar overall. However, it’s a noticeable improvement over the iPad mini 5th generation’s 8 MP rear camera.

The front camera, on the other hand, uses a 12 MP sensor and wide-angle lens like the iPad Pro 2021 or the new iPad for $ 329. The wide-angle lens can not only capture more of your surroundings than before, it also enables the “Center Stage” function for FaceTime and other video calling apps that support this. Center Stage allows for a kind of pan-and-scan effect that tracks you as you move in the camera’s field of view, which is handy when moving around on a desk or counter, or pacing up and down a room. It works just as well in the iPad mini as it does in the iPad Pro or the 9th generation iPad.

The new Mini also inherits the four-speaker layout of newer iPad Airs and Pros, with a pair of grilles on the top and bottom of the tablet (or on the left and right sides in landscape mode – the stereo panorama shifts depending on the way) the tablet is aligned). The Mini’s speakers sound good for a device this size, but aren’t as good at bass or filling a room with space like an iPad Pro or even a decent Bluetooth speaker. They’re great for FaceTime and YouTube, and they’re decent for conversational movies and TV. The sound becomes more confusing when listening to music or busy, loud action sequences. So the speakers are great for a tablet of this size; There is only a limit to what these tiny speakers can do.