Apple’s smallest pill has lastly obtained its greatest refresh in nearly a decade. The brand new iPad Mini, unveiled on the firm’s digital {hardware} occasion on Tuesday, appears nearly unrecognizable in comparison with its 2019 predecessor. We’re talkin’ slimmer bezels, Contact ID, 5G connectivity, and even a USB-C port.

Beginning at $499 for the bottom mannequin, the sixth-generation iPad Mini will are available an array of enjoyable colours together with purple, pink, and what Apple calls “starlight,” which is buff champagne colour. In case you’re into extra muted tones, you may as well go for the standard Area Grey. It is at the moment obtainable for preorder with full availability beginning September 24.

However probably the most hanging change is that it appears very very like an additional giant iPhone. The house button is gone, with TouchID shifting to the ability button on the high, and the display screen taking over nearly your entire face of the gadget.

Mini Makeover

The total iPad line, with the Mini on the fitting. Subsequent to it, second from proper, is the brand new base-model iPad.

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In case you have been to line up each earlier iPad Mini, you’ll discover that, except for some digicam adjustments, the {hardware} has remained principally untouched all through the years.

Enter the 2021 iPad Mini, which appears wholly redesigned. On the entrance, the Liquid Retina show (with 500 nits of brightness) has been elevated from 7.9 inches (as seen on the 2019 model) to eight.three inches. Somewhat than thick bezels throughout, there’s now a display screen that reaches practically from edge to edge—even the underside, for the reason that residence button is gone.

Apple additionally up to date the cameras with a 12-megapixel sensor on the again, full with a bigger aperture (for sharper pictures) and an improved flash for higher pictures in low gentle. On the entrance is a 12-megapixel ultra-wide digicam, and Apple has added the Middle Stage characteristic that was unique to the iPad Professional. The characteristic mechanically retains you in body whilst you transfer round on a video name.

And yep, that Lightning connector is gone in favor of a USB-C port. The brand new Mini additionally comes with assist for the second-generation Apple Pencil. Somewhat than plugging it into the Lightning port (as with the earlier Mini and first-generation Apple Pencil) it mechanically pairs to the Mini and magnetically attaches to the aspect, the place it wirelessly prices.

Talking of equipment, Apple launched Sensible Folio circumstances for the Mini as properly. Bought individually, you may have the selection between white, black, English lavender, electrical orange, and darkish cherry.