As we fast approach the autumn release period, excitement is once again picking up about a new iPad 2021 model.
The new iPad - perhaps also described as iPad (9th Generation) - is sure to cause a splash when it launches, likely being among the best tablets for students in 2021, for example.
So, just when exactly will that be, and what can we expect from the new entry-level iPad?
New iPad 2021 Release Date
The brand new iPad 9 was confirmed at their usual September 2021 conference where the iPhone 13 and iOS 15 were announced and has officially been released. The AirPods 3 though were a notable absence, but were unveiled on October 18th.
Its unveiling follows Apple's trends for unveiling the entry-level model as both the iPad (7th Generation) and iPad (8th Generation), was first revealed and released in September 2019 and 2020, respectively.
Alongside the iPad 9, Apple also unveiled the iPad Mini 6 which brings with it some notable updates including a bigger screen, more RAM but also a higher price.
New iPad 2021 Price
With the iPad (9th Generation), there are a couple of new configurations with the 32GB model looking to have been shelved in favour of higher capacities, but what's nice is that pricing hasn't changed for the base model.
- iPad (9th Generation) 64 GB Wi-Fi - $329/£319
- iPad (9th Generation) 256 GB Wi-Fi - $479/£459
- iPad (9th Generation) 64 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular: $459/£439
- iPad (9th Generation) 256 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular: $609/£579
For the higher-end options though, there has been a bit of a price increase, which is hardly surprising given the storage capacities have indeed doubled.
It is only available in two finishes - silver and space gray - but regardless, the higher storage amounts are welcomed.
iPad 2021 vs iPad Mini 6
Aside from the 9th Gen iPad, Apple also took the time to unveil a new version of their dinky iPad Mini, the iPad Mini 6.
In contrast to the previous generation, the 6th gen option brings with it a whole host of upgrades.
Design: Apple says the new iPad Mini 6 has been given a "complete redesign" and its new shell brings features such as Touch ID, a USB-C port and some brand new stereo speakers. You'll also find four new colours - Purple, Pink, Space Gray and Starlight - and supports 2nd Gen Apple Pencil.
Display: Even with this being an iPad Mini, it hasn't stopped Apple from beefing up the display size from 7.9 inches to 8.3. This has all been done without compromising its dinky size and compact design.
Specs: As much as there have been significant improvements in the design of the iPad Mini 6, you're sure to find plenty more power. For starters, there's a brand new CPU inside with 40% faster CPU performance and 80% faster GPU speeds as well as 5G connectivity.
Rear Camera: The camera's also received a makeover with a new 12MP rear camera with a wider f/1.8 aperture, Two Tone flash and support for Focus Pixels. It can also beef up photo quality with Smart HDR and you can also take high-res 4K video.
Front Camera: You'll also find a new 12MP front camera with an ultra-wide lens, the same that's on the new iPad 9.
Battery Life: The iPad Mini 6 will also feature all-day battery life and works with Apple's 20W USB-C power adapter.
New iPad 2021 Latest News And Rumours
With the iPad (9th Generation) now confirmed, it's important to note what the headline changes are over the previous generation.
Design: The design of the new iPad 9 is completely the same as last year's iPad 8. There's nothing here that's any different.
CPU: Arguably the biggest change with the iPad 9 is its upgrade to utilising Apple's A13 Bionic chip, which should provide a handy performance boost, despite being the same chip as was in the older iPhone 11s.
Storage: As discussed with pricing, the new iPad 9 also brings with it a new minimum storage capacity with users having the choice between 64GB or 256GB, as opposed to the older 32 and 128 GB options.
Camera: Apple has also been kind enough to load the iPad 9 with an improved front camera in the form of a 12MP ultra-wide lens featuring the Centre Stage option as debuted on its Pro Line of tablets.
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