Apple held its annual September iPhone event and introduced its latest tablets, the iPad, and the new iPad mini.
The A13 Bionic chip in the new 10.2-inch iPad promises a 20% performance boost over the previous generation. The new iPad is up to 3x faster than the best-selling Chromebook and up to 6x faster than the best-selling Android tablet.
The new iPad also has some extraordinary camera details, like 12MP Ultra-Wide front camera with Center Stage, the company's feature that tracks and refocuses the camera on users as they’re moving during a video chat. It also features support for Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard and the intuitive iPadOS 15.
Apple’s new iPad is available with a starting price of $329.
The iPad mini got a lot more upgrades, starting with a totally overhauled design with flat edges and curved corners of the screen, a larger 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display and new colors. The home button with embedded Touch ID is gone with the fingerprint sensor moving over the power button.
The new iPad mini employs the latest generation Apple A15 Bionic chipset with a whopping 40% jump in computational performance as well as 80% leap in GPU performance. The new version of the iPad mini was upgraded to 5G, while the Lightning port has finally been swapped for the far more universal USB-C port.
It also received an upgraded 12MP main camera on the back with True Tone flash and wider f/1.8 aperture. The updated Ultra Wide front camera comes with a new 12MP sensor and supports Center Stage feature, which automatically pans the camera to keep users in view as they move around.
The new iPad mini starts at $499.