While the iPad Pro got all the big news at today’s Apple event, fans of smaller tablets were not left wanting. Apple also announced a revamp of the iPad mini, which hasn’t seen a serious upgrade in almost two years. While still sporting the same 7.9-inch Retina display, the new iPad mini 4 is slightly lighter and 18% thinner than its predecessor for even better portability.
The big news is in the iPad mini’s internal upgrades. Apple bumped the processors up to the A8/M8 chip combo found in the iPhone 6 models, which brings it almost up to par with the iPad Air 2. The 30% bump in processing power should let the new iPad mini take advantage of iOS 9’s multitasking option. The new tablet also gets a 8-megapixel camera with burst mode, a refined FaceTime camera, and the fully laminated display with antireflective screen coating that are found on both the iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro. Additionally, the iPad mini will now be available in 64GB and 128GB models.
Available now, the iPad mini 4 will be priced at $399 and up. Those hoping for a lower-cost option in the small iOS tablet department are in luck. With the iPad mini 4 as the flagship small tablet, Apple is dropping the price of the base model to $269. Be sure to visit the Apple store in our atrium to check out all of the Apple products we have available. It’s the perfect chance to ask our experts about the new release. And be sure to follow The Bolt for the most exciting tech news.