- Apple iPad 9th generation gets A13 Bionic
- The new iPad mini gets Air 4 design and USB Type-C port
- Both the iPads get 12MP front camera with center stage
Apple has announced the new entry-level iPad (9th generation) and iPad mini at its California Streaming event. While Apple was expected to only launch the iPhone 13 series and Apple Watch Series 7, the Tim Cook led company had other ideas. It is not only introducing an updated version of its best-selling iPad but also updating the iPad mini.
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For Apple, the iPad business has taken a huge leap during the pandemic. Now, to capitalise on this trend, the iPhone maker is launching two new iPad models that vastly expand the iPad product lineup. Here is everything you need to know about the new iPad and the iPad Mini.
Apple iPad (9th-generation) specifications and features
The first announcement is the new entry-level iPad, which is the ninth generation device, which made its debut first in 2010. The new entry-level iPad 9 brings an updated chipset and improved camera. It also brings features that were previously introduced on the iPad Pro and have been widely appreciated by customers.
In terms of design, the new iPad has an identical design to the iPad 8th generation and retains the same 10.2-inch Retina display. However, there is a lot being changed inside the device. The new iPad gets an Apple A13 Bionic chip, which Apple claims delivers a 20 percent boost in performance over its predecessor. There is still a home button with Touch ID support and Apple is once again updating the specs of an iPad that has been popular since its launch.
Other than A13 Bionic chip, the new iPad also gets a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera with center stage support at the front. The center stage feature means that the camera will track you and keep you in frame like it does on iPad Pro. The downside being that it still relies on lightning port and doesn’t switch to USB Type-C port. It will run iPadOS 15 out of the box, which could make it a great companion for content consumption.
Apple iPad (9th-generation) price in India and sale date
In India, the new iPad 9 is available to buy on the Apple Store and ships in 2-3 weeks. It will be available in Silver and Space Grey colours.
|iPad (9th-gen) model||Price|
|iPad (9th-gen) 64GB Wi-Fi||Rs 30,900|
|iPad (9th-gen) 256GB Wi-Fi||Rs 44,900|
|iPad (9th-gen) 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular||Rs 42,900|
|iPad (9th-gen) 256GB Wi-Fi + Cellular||Rs 56,900|
Apple iPad Mini specifications and features
The big news in the world of iPad is the new iPad mini. It is essentially equivalent to Apple bringing the iPad Air 4 design to the iPad mini lineup. First things first, there is now a liquid retina display, which is Apple’s name for LCD display with rounded corners. The display is claimed to support 500 nits of brightness with true tone and wide colour gamut.
The display measures 8.3-inches and there are considerably thick bezels even though Apple says its “edge-to-edge screens”. There is no Face ID but Touch ID is now integrated into the power button. Another major change with the iPad mini is Apple deciding to go with a USB Type-C port. It is Apple giving the most versatile port to the mini but ignoring the regular iPad altogether.
The iPad mini gets A15 Bionic chip, which is same as the one found on the iPhone 13 series. In terms of performance, Apple says the new iPad mini will offer up to 80 percent increase in performance over its predecessor. There is also support for 5G and the back camera uses a new 12-megapixel sensor with wider f/1.8 aperture. At the front, you get the 12-megapixel ultrawide shooter also seen on the iPad 9th generation. It does support center stage, which will keep you in the frame even when you move during a call.
Apple is also adding support for stereo speakers in landscape mode and there is support for second-generation Apple Pencil. The new iPad mini comes in four colour options including pink, starlight, purple and space grey. With iPadOS 15, A15 Bionic and USB Type-C port, Apple iPad mini is mini in name but huge in performance.
Apple iPad mini price in India and sale date
Here are the prices of all the iPad Mini variants. It is already available to purchase on the Apple Store, and ships in 2-3 weeks. It is available in Space Grey, Pink, Purple and Starlight colours.
|iPad mini model||Price|
|iPad mini 64GB Wi-Fi||Rs 46,900|
|iPad mini 256GB Wi-Fi||Rs 60,900|
|iPad mini 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular||Rs 60,900|
|iPad mini 256GB Wi-Fi + Cellular||Rs 74,900|