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The sixth-generation iPad Mini (stylized and marketed as iPad mini and colloquially referred to as iPad mini 6) is a
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in the
iPad mini The iPad Mini (branded and marketed as iPad mini) is a line of mini tablet computers designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. Apple Inc. is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Cupertino, California, ...
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It was announced on September 14, 2021. Its predecessor, the fifth-generation iPad mini, was discontinued on the same day. It is the first major redesign of the iPad mini, and resembles the fourth-generation iPad Air, with a larger 8.3-inch display and support for the second-generation Apple Pencil.


Features


Hardware

It is the first redesign of the iPad Mini since the
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in 2015, and the first major redesign since its introduction in 2012. Externally, it is essentially a smaller version of the 4th-generation iPad Air and third-generation and newer
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. It lacks a Smart Connector for a keyboard, likely due to its smaller size. Internally, it has an
A15 Bionic
A15 Bionic
SoC which is underclocked. The chip has a six-core CPU, a 5-core GPU, and a 16-core Neural Engine. It has an 8.3-inch 2266x1488
Liquid Retina
Liquid Retina
display, taller and slightly narrower than previous models. The display is laminated and has an anti-reflective coating, as well as wide color and True Tone. The Home Button is removed, with the Touch ID sensor relocated to the Sleep/Wake button. The volume control buttons have been moved to the top edge of the device to accommodate the Apple Pencil.


Connectivity

The sixth-generation iPad mini discontinues the proprietary Lightning port in favor of a universal USB-C port that is used for charging as well as connecting external devices and accessories. All models have Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) wireless capabilities.


Reception

This model received a very positive reception, noting a new design was long overdue and felt 5G was a nice surprise, with Jason Perlow from Zdnet calling it "Apple's most exciting new product in years". Due to the
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, Apple was praised for keeping
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integrated into the power button instead of
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, as Face ID is not able to recognize users wearing a mask.


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References

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