Apple has just unveiled the new iPad Mini that features an 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display, A15 Bionic chip, USB Type-C and 5G. The new iPad Mini will also feature support for the 2nd Gen Apple Pencil.

Apple unveils new iPad Mini

The 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display is the biggest we’ve seen on the iPad Mini series and has 500 nits of brightness, a P3 wide colour gamut, anti-reflective screen coating, True Tone, and full lamination. The tablet also has stereo speakers.

Touch ID has been moved to the top of the iPad Mini and the 2nd Gen Apple Pencil can be attached to the side magnetically for storage as well as pairing and charging wirelessly.

The iPad Mini is powered by Apple’s A15 Bionic Chip which they say provides a 40% improvement over previous generations as well as an 80% increase in graphics performance.

The new iPad can run features like Live Text, which uses on-device intelligence to recognise text in photographs that users can act on, and even translates text from photos into seven other languages, thanks to the advanced machine learning capabilities combined with iPadOS 15.

The cameras on the new iPad have also been given an upgrade with an Ultra-Wide 12MP front camera and a 12MP rear camera. The front camera Center Stage, which automatically pans the camera to keep users in view as they move around while the rear camera touts a True Tone flash and Smart HDR for improved photo quality.

Other features include 5G connectivity and WiFi 6 for fast speeds as well as USB Type-C for up to 5Gbps data transfer. The iPad Mini also has a new Smart Folio slim cover that comes in a variety of colours including black, white, dark cherry, English lavender, and electric orange.

The iPad mini’s enclosure is made entirely of recycled aluminium, marking a big milestone in the iPad lineup: every model now has a 100% recycled aluminium enclosure.

The solder on the main logic board is made entirely of recycled tin, while the magnets in the enclosure and speakers are made entirely of recycled rare earth components.

Apple is currently carbon neutral in its global operations, and by 2030, the company expects to have a net-zero climate impact throughout the whole organisation, including manufacturing supply chains and all product life cycles.

This means that every Apple gadget sold will be carbon neutral from component manufacturing to assembly, transportation, customer usage, charging, recycling, and material recovery.

How much does the iPad Mini cost?

The Wi-Fi models of the iPad Mini start at RM2,299, while the Wi-Fi + Cellular devices start at RM2,949. The new iPad Mini is available in pink, starlight, purple, and space grey colours, with 64GB and 256GB storage options.

iPadOS 15 will be available on Tuesday, September 21 and will come pre-installed on the new iPad mini. iPad mini 4 and after, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, and all iPad Pro devices will receive iPadOS 15 as a free software update.

The 2nd Generation Apple Pencil and Smart Folio covers will be available for RM549 and RM269 respectively.

All products will be available through the Apple website and in the Apple Store app.