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Apple iPad mini 6: US$499 tablet unveiled with a new design, USB Type-C and an A15 Bionic SoC

The iPad mini 6 is closer to the iPad Air 4 than its predecessor. (Image source: Apple)
The iPad mini 6 is closer to the iPad Air 4 than its predecessor. (Image source: Apple)
Apple has announced the iPad mini 6, which features numerous changes compared to the iPad mini 5. Not only has Apple overhauled the tablet's design, but it has equipped it with an A15 Bionic SoC, a USB Type-C port and a larger display.
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Apple has revealed the first iPad mini since March 2019. The jump from iPad mini 5 to the iPad mini 6 is a large one though, with a revised design, new display and a cutting edge chipset in play this time around.

Specifically, the iPad mini 6 has an 8.3-inch True Tone Display display running at 2,266 x 1,488 pixels. As the marketing renders show, the iPad mini 6 has much thinner bezels than its predecessor, bringing it in line with the iPad Air 4. The IPS panel also supports the Apple Pencil (2nd generation) and peaks at 500 nits.

Apple has launched the iPad mini 6 in four colours. (Image source: Apple)
Apple has launched the iPad mini 6 in four colours. (Image source: Apple)

Additionally, the iPad mini 6 includes the A15 Bionic, Apple's latest mobile SoC. The A15 Bionic features a 6-core CPU, a 5-core GPU and a 16-core Neural Engine. Apple claims that the A15 Bionic has a 40% faster CPU and an 80% faster GPU than the A12 Bionic in the iPad mini 5.

Apple has equipped the iPad mini 6 with a USB Type-C port too, and Touch ID integrated within the tablet's power button. Apple claims that the iPad mini 6 should last up to 9 hours on a single charge from its 19.3 Wh battery, as well.

The iPad mini 6 is available from US$499 with 64 GB of storage. Apple also sells a 256 GB model for US$649 and LTE models for a US$150 surcharge. The tablet will start shipping on September 24 in Space Gray, Pink, Purple and Starlight colourways.

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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.
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Alex Alderson, 2021-09-14 (Update: 2021-09-14)