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Apple Announces 2021 iPad and iPad Mini with Performance Upgrades

by Duey Guison  September 15, 2021

Apple updates its entry-level iPad with a new 2021 iteration. While it looks similar to predecessor, it gets a performance boost with an A13 Bionic processor. The processor upgrade also translates to improved camera performance. The front camera gets an upgrade with a 12-megapixel wide-angle snapper.

Like its predecessor, the iPad (2021) has a 10.2-inch Liquid Retina display a home button that also houses a TouchID button, and support for the first-generation Apple Pencil. The display this time supports True Tone, making all iPad models have this Apple-exclusive display feature.

The iPad Mini (2021), on the other hand, gets a full redesign that resembles a smaller version of the 2020 iPad Air (also known as the 4th-generation iPad Air)–complete with symmetrical bezels, TouchID button embedded on the power button, landscape-oriented stereo speakers, and USB-C connectivity. The latter also translates to the iPad Mini (2021) having support for the second-generation Apple Pencil.

The cameras on the iPad Mini (2021) get upgraded with a 12-megapixel f/1.8 rear camera with Focus Pixels and a 12-megapixel wide-angle selfie camera.

The Liquid Retina Display is now bigger at 8.3-inches while keeping the same footprint the iPad Mini is known for. Like the entry-level iPad (2021), the iPad Mini (2021)’s display also supports TrueTone.

Speaking of connectivity, the iPad Mini (2021) is the second iPad next to the M1-powered iPad Pro (2021) with support for 5G connectivity. Powering it is an A15 Bionic processor–the same processor powering the iPhone 13 series.

Apple iPad (2021), iPad Mini (2021) Price

The Apple iPad (2021) starts at Php 19,990 for the 64GB WiFi-only variant. The iPad Mini (2021) starts at Php 29,990 for the 64GB WiFi-only model. The iPad (2021) is available today in the US, while the iPad Mini (2021) will be available next week.

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