What happened? A handful of upgraded Apple products at its flagship event this week include the upgraded 10.2-inch iPad and the first major redesign of the iPad mini. The new standard iPad has more storage, an improved camera, and a faster processor. The new iPad mini includes a smaller slimmer for a larger screen, among other upgrades.
Apple says its A13 Bionic processor should provide the standard 9th generation iPad with a 20% increase in performance over its predecessor. While the iPad screen size is the same as the previous generation, the new model has Apple's True Tone display to automatically adjust screen brightness according to the iPad environment. The resolution of the front camera is 10 times higher than the previous model - 12 MP.
Apple has increased the minimum and maximum storage options for the new iPad to 64 and 256 GB, respectively. The Wi-Fi versions of the iPad are $329 and $479, while the portable Wi-Fi and 4G versions are $459 for the 64GB model and $609 for the 256GB model.
The new iPad Mini comes with 5G wireless and now charges via USB-C instead of a Lightning connection. The resolution of the front camera has been increased from 7 MP to 12. The rear camera is now 12 MP. Apple says its new A15 Bionic processor should be 80 percent faster than the previous iPad mini. The new model starts at $499.
Apple has brought the Center Stage that was previously available on the iPad Pro to the standard iPad and iPad mini, both of which now have ultra-wide front cameras. Center Stage can automatically rotate and zoom the front camera to match people's movements during a video call.
Pre-orders for both models are now available on the Apple website and will be available in stores on September 24th.
Apple unveils iPad upgrade and iPad mini redesign