Apple unveils update to its cheapest and smallest iPads

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Apple has updated its entry-level iPad and iPad Mini with a slew of improvements.

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The cheapest iPad is also the most popular, proving to be especially popular in schools.

The new version of the tablet retains the traditional design of the old iPad, with the TouchID button on its bottom and rounded edges on the side. As such, it still differs from the iPad Air and Pro, both of which have integrated new designs with flatter sides.


Apple said, internally, however, that the new iPad — simply named iPad, unlike those other versions — will have significantly better performance.

This follows from the introduction of the A13 processor, which was first introduced in the iPhone 11. This should improve the speed of the iPad by up to 20 percent.

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It also has a new front camera that takes center stage, a feature introduced with the iPad Pro that allows the camera to move around people in front.

It costs $329, or $299 for schools. It is available to order now and will be available next week.

The new iPad mini has more significant upgrades both on the outside and inside. Unlike the larger iPad, it has a new style of design with TouchID on the flat side and the power button so that the display moves closer to the front edge.

Apple said it was even better on the inside. A new processor allows it to be up to 40 percent faster, and graphics performance improved by 80 percent.

It now also has a USB-C port, so it can transfer data more quickly as well as connect to other accessories, such as cameras or displays.

Apple said the new iPad Mini will also have 5G data connections.

It starts at $499. It can be ordered from today and will be available from next week, like the big brother, Apple said.

The regular iPad has received reasonably frequent upgrades, updated about once a year. The iPad mini hasn’t been updated since March 2019 – and it replaced the device that was first introduced in 2015.


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