(Update, October 6: The 2021 Apple iPad mini is finally available in the Philippines!)
The latter is the first iPad mini refresh in years and introduces several notable upgrades, including an overhauled design with flat edges and rounded corners to bring it up to par with the current iPad Air and iPad Pro. So while it retains the same overall footprint as the previous model, the latest mini now sports a larger 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display with a 2,266 x 1,488 resolution. It also offers 500 nits of peak brightness, as well as support for the second-gen Apple Pencil.
Available in Space Gray, Pink, Purple, and Starlight colors, the 2021 iPad mini ships in select countries and regions, excluding the Philippines, starting September 24. It is priced as follows locally:
- iPad mini Wi-Fi
- 64GB: P29,990 or $499 in the U.S. before taxes
- 256GB: P38,990
- iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular
- 64GB: P38,990 or $649 in the U.S. before taxes
- 256GB: P47,990
The iPad mini is equipped with Apple’s new 5nm A15 Bionic chip that has a five-core GPU and offers 5G data on the Wi-Fi + Cellular variants. Apple says the A15 brings an impressive 80% jump in graphics performance compared to the A12 in the previous model. The physical home button with Touch ID sensor is gone, though the fingerprint reader has been retained and embedded into the power key on the top edge of the tablet.
At the back, the smallest iPad features a 12-megapixel camera with True Tone flash and a wider f/1.8 aperture lens. The front-facing camera is also 12 megapixels, but sits behind an ultra-wide lens.
All iPad mini models will deliver up to 10 hours of battery life while surfing the web on Wi-Fi or watching a video. They charge over the more widely adopted USB-C standard, making it easier to charge if you already own a USB-C phone, laptop, or camera. Like the iPhone 13 series, the revamped Apple iPad mini boots iOS 15 out of the box.
Apple iPad mini official product video
2021 Apple iPad mini specs
- 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display with 2,266 x 1,488 resolution and True Tone support
- 500 nits peak outdoor brightness
- Apple Pencil support
- 5nm Apple A15 Bionic with 5-core GPU and 5G (WiFi + Cellular models)
- 64GB/256GB storage
- 12-megapixel, f/1.8 rear camera
- 12-megapixel, f/2.4 front camera
- Touch ID
- Up to 10 hours video playback over Wi-Fi
- Wired fast charging up to 20 watts
- iOS 15
- Colors: Space Gray, Pink, Purple, Starlight
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