In a surprising move, Apple quietly released new iPad models, sending out press releases and forgoing fanfare. The iPad Mini needed a refresh and finally had one, and the iPad Pro 1
0.5 was replaced by the new iPad Air.
The iPad Mini Update Was Long Overdue
Apple Last updated the iPad Mini just over four years ago. And while the Mini is the little device that could, four years is hard on any technology. The processor was showing its age a while ago, the display tech was outdated, and the 1.2-megapixel camera was left unused. Today's update takes care of all of that, with just a slight painful cost. The latest iPad mini bumps the processor from the A8 to the A12 (just the sheer jump in numbers dives home the time between hardware refreshes) which should give it a substantial increase in speed.
Additionally, the display is brighter and picks up Trutone, and the front-facing camera now shoots at 7 megapixels. That's an improvement, but there's no FaceID support yet. Finally, Apple added Pencil support to the Mini, which should make this iPad great for taking notes when traveling. But the one cost to all this improvement? The entry-level $ 399 128 GB option is now 64 GB instead. For $ 549 you can save that storage to 256 GB and if you can afford it, that's probably the best option to pick.
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