iPad Mini and iPad 2021: Fancier, more power and better cameras

Apple has introduced the iPad 2021 and the iPad Mini, its new entry-level and compact tablets. The two new iPads can be pre-ordered from today and will be in stores next week. Both have a revised design, more powerful SoCs, and a new camera – with a function from the current iPad Pro.


  • The iPad 2021 can be pre-ordered from today, starting at 379 euros for the 64 GB version
  • The iPad Mini can be pre-ordered from today for 549 euros
  • Both tablets have the selfie camera of the iPad Pro 2021 with Center Stage
  • Sales begin on Friday, September 24th

Apple has not updated the entry-level and mini-series of its iPad catalog in terms of design for several years. That changes with the new iPad 2021 and the iPad Mini, which now visually match the current iPhones. Here I summarize the most important new functions of the Apple tablets.

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  • Here you can watch the Apple keynote again

iPad 2021: The entry-level model with Pro Touch

With a price of 379 euros, the iPad 2021 is Apple’s new entry-level tablet. I have the penultimate model from 2019 myself and am very happy with it.

Here are Apple iPad 2021 price and versions:

  • 64 GB WiFi: 379 euros / WiFi + 4G: 519 euros
  • 256 GB WiFi: 549 euros / WiFi + 4G: 689 euros
  • Link to the official shop for pre-orders

The A13 Bionic is used in the new version, the same as in the iPhone 11. The SoC is also suitable for the most intensive applications or games. As always, Apple guarantees a 20% increase in performance compared to the previous generation, but that doesn’t mean much.

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The iPad 2021 still looks a bit outdated than other Apple tablets / © Apple / Screenshots: NextPit

Apple iPad 2021 Specs

The most interesting thing about the iPad 2021 is the new selfie camera. Apple has integrated the new 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens with a viewing angle of 122 °. In combination with the Neural Engine, this camera module supports the Center Stage function introduced on the iPad Pro 2021. This automatically adjusts the image section of your video during video calls or recordings if you move or other people step in front of the camera.

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The famous new selfie camera with Center Stage / © Apple / Screenshots: NextPit

Another new feature that was overdue: Apple True Tone. This means that the color rendering of the screen adapts to the ambient light. The screen size remains at 10.2 inches.

The iPad 2021 will of course run with iPadOS 15 and be compatible with entry-level keyboards (not the Magic Keyboard?) And the first-generation Apple Pencil. It can finally be charged quickly with 20 watts and will be available in two colors: space gray and silver. A version with WLAN and LTE will also be available.

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What you should know about the Apple iPad 2021 / © Apple / Screenshots: NextPit

iPad Mini 2021: The new compact 5G tablet with A15 chip

The iPad Mini can be pre-ordered from 549 euros (WLAN) and 719 euros (WLAN + 5G) and will be available in stores on September 24th – optionally with 64 or 256 GB. According to Apple, it has also been given a major overhaul, although I don’t really see the difference from last year’s iPad Air 2020. It is available in four colors: purple, pink, starlight and space gray.

Here are the Apple iPad Mini 2021 price and versions:

  • 64GB Wifi: 549 euros / Wifi + 5G: 719 euros
  • 256GB Wifi: 719 euros / Wifi + 5G: 889 euros
  • Link to the official shop for pre-orders

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Apple iPad Mini 2021 Specs

It has a borderless 8.3-inch liquid retina display with the Touch ID button hidden under the power button. Apple promises a maximum brightness of 500 nits, an anti-glare coating and the aforementioned True Tone function.

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The iPad Mini 2021 naturally comes with its own accessories / © Apple / Screenshots: NextPit

The SoC is Apple’s newest A15 Bionic – the same one that was introduced in the iPhone 13. This makes it the most powerful compact tablet on the market. Apple guarantees the usual performance increase of 80% for the GPU and 40% for the CPU. According to the manufacturer, the iPad Mini 2021 is twice as powerful as the previous generation.

The Lightning connector has disappeared, Apple is finally switching to USB-C and also offers 5G compatibility for the cellular version of the iPad Mini 2021 (which incidentally supports Wifi-6). There is also the same selfie camera as on the iPad 2021 with Center Stage and a dual stereo speaker system. The iPad Mini 2021 is also compatible with the 2nd generation Apple Pencil.

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What you should know about the iPad Mini 2021. / © Apple / Screenshots: NextPit

What do you think of these two new iPads? Are you going to pre-order one of these models? Let us know in the comments.

 

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