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The redesigned $499 iPad mini finally catches up with the times


Enlarge / The new iPad Mini takes most of its cues from the iPad Air 4.
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After years of stagnating in the same look and features, Apple’s iPad mini will finally get a major redesign akin to last year’s iPad Air update, the company announced today. The tablet’s screen size gets a bump from 7.9 to 8.3 inches, and includes a new A15 Bionic processor that Apple says is “up to 80% faster” than the A12 chip in the old iPad mini 4. But the redesign also comes with a price hike: the new iPad mini starts at $499, $100 more than the previous model.

Like other recent iPads and iPhones, the iPad mini drops the home button to make more room on the front of the device for a larger, almost edge-to-edge screen. However, it does not feature Face ID like the iPad Pro. Rather, it follows the 2020 iPad Air in featuring a TouchID fingerprint reader on one of the power button for authentication. It also leaves behind Apple’s long-standing, proprietary Lightning port in favor of industry standard USB-C—a change that also came to other recent iPad redesigns.

The new iPad mini will be available for pre-order today, and will be available on September 24.

This is a developing story. Today’s Apple Event is still in progress. We will update this piece with information as it becomes available, but you can follow along with the announcements in real-time within our liveblog.

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