iPad Mini 2021 vs iPad Mini 2020 – The Mini Just Got a Major Upgrade!

A giant leap!

by: - Last updated on: September 15th, 2021
Key Takeaways
  • Apple announced the new iPad mini 2021 with an All-Screen display.
  • The new iPad mini features Apple’s latest A15 Bionic chipset, which is a huge upgrade over the A12 Bionic on the previous iPad mini.
  • Apple calls this as the biggest upgrade to their iPad mini.
  • Here’s everything that’s new with the iPad mini 2021.

Apple has bamboozled all of us by announcing newer iPads where everyone was just expecting the iPhone 13 Series. In its online event on 14th September 2021, Apple has released the new iPad Mini 2021 with A15 Bionic chip, for which Apple calls the biggest upgrade ever to their iPad mini. There’s even more to this list; here’s an iPad mini 2020 vs. iPad mini 2021 head-to-head comparison.

iPad mini 2020 vs iPad mini 2021

Design: Apple finally trimmed the bezels

iPad Mini 2021 design

The most appealing change with the new iPad mini 2021 is the display, where the new iPad mini gets an All-Screen design. Those awful bezels to the top and bottom have been shrunk, which increases the screen size from 7.9-inches on the iPad mini 2020, to 8.3-inches on the iPad mini 2021 while keeping the overall footprint of the iPad for a typical ‘mini.’

The bezels on the new iPad are symmetric on all four sides. It is the same Liquid Retina Display from Apple. But wait, where does the Touch ID go if the bezels are made so thin? Well, Touch ID is still present on the new iPad mini, where it is placed on the top side, just like the iPad Air.

Performance: A huge leap!

Now we see why Apple is calling this new iPad mini their biggest upgrade. First, a complete overhaul in display and now the Apple Bionic A15 chipset. It’s a complete 3 generation upgrade as compared to the A12 on the iPad mini 2020. This new A15 chipset brings in 5G connectivity if you opt for the cellular model and packs in a new Neural Engine for twice as much improvement in performance in reference to the A12.

In addition, the graphics performance on the A15 gets an 80% buff over its predecessor, helping in more demanding tasks.

Cameras: On par with iPhone?

ipad-mini-2021-vs-2020

The new iPad mini 2021 gets a 12-megapixel front camera with an ultra-wide lens with Center Stage support. This means the new iPad smoothly crops in and out of the subject in focus to avoid background distractions ad adjusting the field of view during video calls and FaceTime.  The rear camera also gets an upgrade with a 12-megapixel sensor with Focus Pixels.

Apple says that the rear camera gets a wider aperture, but the exact number is not known yet. The iPad mini 2020 had an 8-megapixel camera with an aperture of f/2,4. So will the cameras on the iPad mini finally be on par with an iPhone, or at least a generation-old iPhone? Even we are eager to test it out.

iPad Mini: Pricing and Availability

The all-new iPad Mini comes in two models: WiFi and WiFi+Cellular. It has two storage options: 64GB and 256GB, which come in at $499 and $649 respectively. In terms of availability, the iPad is available to order starting today and will be available beginning September 24.

As for India pricing, the new iPad Mini starts at Rs 46,900 (WiFi-only) and Rs 60,900 (WiFi+Cellular).

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