In a flurry of product launches at Apple's 14 September Keynote event, Apple not only announced the iPhone 13 series flagship phones, but also a new Apple Watch 7, iPad, and iPad mini (6th gen).
The mini 6 is perhaps one of the most exciting launches, given the last time Apple upgraded the iPad mini 6 was over two years ago (March 2019).
The new iPad mini brings with it an incredible number of upgrades. For starters, it has an 8.3in Liquid Retina display – up from the 7.9in on the 5th generation iPad mini – along with thinner bezels.
Under the hood, a new A15 Bionic chip makes the mini 6 more powerful than the iPad Air (which features the A13). Equipped with the A15, the mini 6's 6-core CPU offers a 40% boost in performance while its 5-core GPU improves graphics speeds by 80%! Machine learning speeds get a boost too, now operating up to two times faster than its predecessor.
As for connectivity speed, the mini 6 packs 5G support, and a USB-C port for super-fast wired connectivity (up to 10x faster than the previous generation). The USB-C connection allows users flexibility to connect to other devices too, such as cameras, external storage and 4K display to improve productivity.
Other key improvements include 12Mp main and rear cameras with Center Stage support – a feature you may recognize from the iPad Pro. Center Stage dynamically tracks and centres subjects within the frame; this is helped with the addition of a new Ultra Wide front camera with a 122-degree viewing angle.
The mini 5 supports the 2nd generation Apple Pencil as well, which connects magnetically to the mini 6's body for both wireless charging and pairing. Dive into all the specifics of the new iPad mini in our separate coverage.
We're separately looking at where to buy the new 10.2in iPad (2021) if you're after a larger display.
Release date: When does the new iPad mini 6 (2021) go on sale?
The iPad mini (6th gen) is available to pre-order now directly from Apple. The devices officially go on sale in stores and online elsewhere on Friday 24 September.
Price: How much does the new iPad mini 6 (2021) cost?
The iPad mini is available to pre-order now from Apple in Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi and Celluar configurations.
US customers can pre-order from Apple US and get $200 cashback when buying and activating the cellular version.
Prices are as follows:
- iPad mini 6 with Wi-Fi (64GB) -£479/US$499
- iPad mini 6 with Wi-Fi (256GB) - £619/US$649
- iPad mini 6 with Wi-Fi + Cellular (64GB) - £619/US$649
- iPad mini 6 with Wi-Fi + Cellular (256GB) - £759/US$799
Where to buy/pre-order the new iPad mini (6th gen, 2021)?
We expect all major UK and US retailers to stock the iPad mini 6 when it goes on sale on 24 September, though it's possible we might start seeing pre-orders begin before then:
- BT Shop
- Currys PC World
- John Lewis
- Laptops Direct
- Best Buy (US)
- Walmart (US)
- B&H Photo Video (US)
Where to buy/pre-order the new iPad mini (6th gen, 2021) on contract?
With 5G connectivity, we're fairly certain most major networks in the UK and US will offer the iPad mini 6 soon.
Right now, US customers who buy the 5G iPad mini 6 from Apple can get a $200 pre-paid Mastercard when activating with T-Mobile/Sprint or a $200 e-gift card when activating with Verizon.
This is a developing story. We'll update the lists above with more retailers and networks as soon as they're confirmed.
We're separately looking at the best iPad deals in this article.