- Portable and light design
- USB-C charging
- A second-generation Apple Pencil is supported
- Headphone jack or Magic Keyboard not available
Apple released its iPad Mini 2021 after waiting more than two and a half years. Since Apple updates most of its tablets on an annual basis, it looked as if it had forgotten about it. This could be an understandable reason. Since the biggest iPhones are very close to the same screen size as the old Minis, one may wonder what the point of the device is.
As a result, Apple has implemented the most sensible change possible with its sixth edition of the iPad Mini – it has increased the screen size. It’s important to note, however, that the chassis itself isn’t bigger, meaning it’s just as jacket pocketable. With a new design, more power under the hood, and even a USB-C port, this device is well worth checking out.
Release Date And Price
The iPad mini 6 can be purchased at local retailers and online through Apple’s website. The 64GB configuration starts at $499 and can be upgraded to 256GB for $150, which costs $649. Adding LTE cellular connectivity increases the price by $150, making the maximum possible price $899.
The iPad mini 5 went for $399 and is now $499, which is $100 more than before. However, you get a much better iPad in this case.
For the sixth generation of the iPad Mini, Apple has gone back to the drawing board, and the result is a design triumph. A solid 9mm bezel runs all the way around the screen and the home button has been removed. The screen has been extended to more closely follow the edges of the diminutive tablet. A touch-sensitive reader has moved from the home button to the power button on the side.
Additionally, the iPad mini 2021 comes in more color options than the iPad. The mini is now available in more colors than silver and Space Gray, with a purple, pink, Starlight, and our Space Gray unit.
Apple ditches the Lightning port on the new iPad mini for a USB-C port, which we wish they did with the normal iPad. Apple’s Lightning port continues to be relevant only for the iPhone, AirPods Max, and AirPods case.
Another thing the iPad mini 6 “inherited” from the iPad Air is its lack of a headphone jack. It is fine for everyone who loves Bluetooth and AirPods.
One of the best screens in its size is available on the iPad mini-6. In comparison, the 326-PPI screen on the iPad mini 2021 is sharper than that on the 264-PPI iPad 9 and the 264-PPI iPad Air 4 and 179-PPI Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite. Nonetheless, the iPad mini 6 has a maximum brightness of 520 nits, which is significantly brighter than all those tablets.
There is a display problem with the iPad mini 6 that some owners find annoying. According to reports, some units suffer from “jelly scrolling” problems, especially in portrait mode, where both sides of the screen scroll at different speeds. The company will fix this soon.
Cameras And Audio
People are increasingly interested in using smaller tablets as cameras, and the iPad mini 2021 is a good choice for this purpose. It has 12-megapixel front and rear cameras which give it decent image quality. You will always remain at the center of the frame with Apple’s Center Stage technology. This is a nice feature, and it works better than the auto-framing tool in the $169 Logitech StreamCam. Also important, if not more so, is the fact that Apple ditched the iPad mini-5’s 7MP camera for a 12MP FaceTime HD camera. Furthermore, the selfie camera takes accurate, high-quality photos as well.
Therefore, the absence of the headphones socket is bothersome, if on-trend, but its excellent audio performance quickly convinces us to disregard it. The iPad mini-6’s stereo speakers produce surprising amounts of sound for a tablet of its size. When you compare the performance of this Mini to the previous generation, it just proves how seriously Apple has taken sound over the last two and a half years.
A15 Bionic Performance
The iPad mini 2021’s speed does not surprise me, since the iPad Air 4’s A14 Bionic impressed me with its speed. Because the iPad Air 4‘s A14 Bionic impressed me with its speed, It’s not surprising that the iPad mini 2021 is pretty fast. The iPad mini 6 logged an impressive 4,540 score on the Geekbench 5 general performance test, even beating the iPad Air 4, iPad 9, and Galaxy Tab A7 Lite. This speed also proves useful for Apple’s machine learning techniques like Live Text. Using this iPadOS 15 feature, you can select text in images by holding your finger down on the image. On both my iPhone 12 Pro Max and the 2020 iPad Pro models, it worked as smoothly as on the iPad mini 2021.
We found that Apple’s claims of “all-day battery life” with up to 10 hours of use on a single charge are overblown. We tested the iPad mini 6’s battery life while browsing the web at 150 nits for 10 hours and 56 minutes, which is impressive when you consider the number of pixels to illuminate. In terms of battery life, the iPad mini beats the Air 4 and Tab A7 Lite, while the larger iPad 9 lasts over an hour longer.
Apple Pencil 2
Ipad mini 6 supports the amazing Apple Pencil 2 ($129 extra) thanks to its flat edges, but it does not have the iPad Magic Keyboard, an accessory we love on iPad Air 4 and iPad Pro. A keyboard with decent-sized keys is not possible on the 8.3-inch iPad mini 6.
The iPad mini’s support for Apple Pencil 2nd Gen is a great feature, though, since it is much easier to use. The 1st-gen Apple Pencil must be charged by plugging its Lightning port into the bottom of an iPad. Instead of being plugged into the iPad mini 6, Apple Pencil 2nd Gen is magnetically charged by snapping onto the flat edges. The Apple Pencil 2 offers low latency input as usual. This performance is also useful when writing with the iPadOS Scribble feature.
A tablet-like Apple’s new 8-inch iPad Mini is a perfect choice if you want a tablet. Because of the A15 Bionic’s speed, you can run even more demanding applications on the mini. Despite its size, the Mini’s display is much better than that of any large smartphone, regardless of its size. Nothing comparable will be found at a similar price. A classy speaker, a super-slick, easy-to-use user interface, a handsome appearance, and the intriguing inclusion of Pencil support complete this five-star winner.