Apple’s California Streaming event brought with it a mix of the expected and unexpected, with a new iPad and iPad mini not thought to be set for an announcement until a later date. Both got their time on-screen today via the same event as the iPhone 13 lineup, and they’re both worthy of that fact.

Whether you’re more interested in the smaller iPad or the larger one, both of these products have a place in the market for different reasons.

New iPad mini arrives with iPad Air-like design

Just as the rumors predicted, a new 8.3-inch iPad mini comes with a design that looks very similar to that of the iPad Air. That means no Home button and the moving of Touch ID to the power button on the top of the device. The new tablet also gets USB-C for the first time, too.

Apple today introduced the powerful new iPad mini — with a larger 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display — in four gorgeous finishes. Featuring the brand new A15 Bionic chip, the new iPad mini delivers up to 80 percent faster performance than the previous generation, making it the most capable iPad mini ever. A new USB-C port allows faster connectivity, and cellular models with 5G bring more flexible mobile workflows. New advanced cameras, Center Stage, and support for Apple Pencil (2nd generation) enable new ways for users to capture photos and videos, communicate with loved ones, and jot down their ideas when creativity strikes.

Powered by an A15 chip, the new iPad mini is set to be a very fast iPad indeed, something backed up by new 5G cellular support. The new iPad mini also supports the second-generation Apple Pencil, too.

Camera improvements include support for Center Stage, while colors come in Pink, Starlight, Purple, and Space Gray options.

Those looking to buy can pre-order the new iPad mini now with tablets going on sale on September 24. Prices start at $499 for the 64GB model WiFi model, and $649 for the Cellular+WiFi one. A 256GB storage option is also available.

Apple’s new iPad 

Apple’s entry-level iPad comes with a 10.2-inch screen and gains the A13 Bionic chip. It also gains support for Center Stage and now also supports True Tone for the first time. The less interesting update, the new iPad will go on sale on September 24 for $329 and is available for pre-order now.

Apple today introduced the new iPad (9th generation), featuring the powerful A13 Bionic chip that packs even more performance and capability into the most popular iPad, all while retaining its all-day battery life.1 Starting at just $329, the new iPad features a 10.2-inch Retina display with True Tone, a 12MP Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage, support for Apple Pencil (1st generation) and Smart Keyboard, the intuitive iPadOS 15, and twice the storage of the previous generation.

Pricing starts at $329GB for the 64GB WiFi model, or $459 for the Cellular+WiFi model. There’s also a 256GB model in the offering.

Both announcements came ahead of new iPhones, with AirPods and new MacBook Pro notebooks still expected to be announced within the coming weeks.

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