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  • The new iPad mini is here. It comes with a new design, cameras and 5G

Apple has announced a new iPad mini with a larger 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display — in four finishes. It is powered by the new A15 Bionic chip that is 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).

You get a new stereo speaker setup, combined with the new display, deliver a great movie-viewing experience. Like the iPad Air, you get a Touch ID to the top button of iPad mini. It can be used to unlock iPad mini, log in to apps, or use Apple Pay. iPad mini now supports Apple Pencil 2nd generation), which attaches magnetically to iPad mini for wireless charging and pairing.

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As for the A15 chipset, it has a 6-core CPU that delivers a 40 percent jump in performance, and the 5-core GPU delivers an 80 percent leap in graphics performance compared to the previous generation of iPad mini. Advanced machine learning (ML) functions are powered by a 16-core Neural Engine and new ML accelerators in the CPU, delivering 2x faster ML tasks than its predecessor.

There is an updated Ultra Wide front camera with a new 12MP sensor and a much larger field of view enable Center Stage, which automatically pans the camera to keep users in view as they move around. Plus, you get 5G on the new iPad mini. Further, Wi-Fi 6 ensures even faster Wi-Fi connections as well.

iPad mini now features a USB-C port for up to 5Gbps data transfer, which is 10x faster than the previous generation, and connects to a vast ecosystem of USB-C accessories, including cameras and external storage and displays up to 4K.

“With its ultra-portable design and wide range of uses from everyday tasks to creative and enterprise applications, there’s nothing else like iPad mini,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With a new all-screen Liquid Retina display, massive boost in performance, new advanced cameras on the front and back, Center Stage, USB-C, 5G, and support for Apple Pencil, the new iPad mini is a huge leap forward that can be held in the palm of your hand.”

The new iPad mini costs $499 (US) for the base WiFi only variant. The Wi-Fi + Cellular models start at $649 (US). The new iPad mini, in 64GB and 256GB configurations, comes in pink, starlight, purple, and space gray finishes.