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Apple announced two updated iPads at a virtual event broadcast on Tuesday, September 14. Both the new, ninth-generation iPad and sixth-generation iPad Mini will be released on Friday, September 24, but you can preorder them right now to ensure you get one the day they’re released.
If you missed the event, here’s what you need to know about both models, including where they’re available for preorder.
The ninth-generation iPad may look the same as the model it’s replacing, but it’s got a lot of under the hood improvements that make it worth the upgrade.
This iPad is built around Apple’s A13 Bionic processor, which is 20% faster than the chip in Apple’s previous-generation iPad. It’s got a new, 12 megapixel front-facing ultrawide camera that supports Center Stage, a feature that keeps you in frame if you move around during video calls. Center Stage is compatible with several popular video conferencing apps including Zoom and Webex, which makes this feature useful for personal and professional calls. Finally, the ninth-generation iPad comes with 64GB of storage, which is twice the amount you’d get before.
Apple saved its bigger update for the sixth-generation iPad Mini, which has been totally redesigned to look more in line with the latest-generation iPad Air and iPad Pro.
It features a new “Liquid Retina” display, which extends further towards the edge of the iPad Mini. This design allowed the iPad Mini’s display to grow from 7.9-inches to 8.3-inches without increasing its physical size. Like the iPad Air, this new iPad Mini has a TouchID fingerprint reader built into the home button. We tested this TouchID on the 2020 iPad Air and found it to be both quick and reliable.
This new design is the first thing you’ll notice about the new iPad Mini, but the biggest change is that it uses Apple’s brand new A15 Bionic processor. This is the fastest mobile processor Apple has ever shipped, and is the same one found in its upcoming iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro line of phones. This chip is 40% faster than the one in the previous-generation iPad Mini, and has 80% more graphics horsepower.
The sixth-generation iPad Mini received all of the same front-facing camera upgrades as the ninth-generation iPad, but Apple also upgraded its back-facing camera. This new 12 megapixel camera can shoot 4K video, supports Smart HDR to capture colors more accurately, and a true tone flash that won’t wash out your photos. The last change Apple made is switching the iPad Mini’s charging port from Lightning to USB-C. This makes it compatible with a wide range of accessories that were incompatible with older models.