Why I love the new iPad mini
The iPad mini is a fantastic tablet. Its super thin, light, powerful, and easy to carry wherever you go. However, since its release, not much has change. Got a couple of spec bumps, Touch ID, but that’s really it over the last few years, all the way up to iPad mini 5th generation. However, the recent Apple event introduced iPad mini 6th Generation that is the biggest change to iPad mini since its initial release.
First, the design has changed to match the iPad Pro and the iPad Air, so, slowly and surely, all iPad’s will adopt this new design. They have moved over to a slightly large screen, from 7.9-inches to 8.3-inches, however, the size of the physical device stays the name. So, while it is not a huge change in screen size, it’s a welcome change. The display itself is now a Liquid Retina display, so from the last model, its a brighter, more colourful display. Its a huge upgrade from the last generation making it more colour accurate and a much nicer display to watch content on.
Second, the power of the iPad mini. Previously, the iPad mini had the A12 Bionic Chip, which was the same chip that was in the iPad 8th Generation. To me, this made no sense. Why would you spend more money to have the same power and a smaller screen? But, with the new iPad mini, we move to the A15 Bionic chip that is in the new iPhone 13 and 13 Pro models! This means a huge amount of power, in a nice small, compact size. To add, the new iPad 9th generation has the A13 Bionic Chip, so its nice to see that there is a big difference in power which justifies the higher price of the iPad mini.
Third, with the new design of the iPad mini, it now supports the second generation Apple Pencil that magnetically attaches to the side of the device for convenience and charging. This is one of the most brilliant product design ideas that Apple has had (since, lets face it, the first generation was not thought out well at all) so its nice to see that they are slowly making the first generation Apple Pencil obsolete.
Fourth is USB-C! Finally! USB-C is starting to make its way on all Apple devices, eliminating lighting and making so that all Apple devices, whether its Mac or iPad and eventually iPhone (hopefully). Nice…