The new iPad mini. Featuring an all-screen design with an 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display.¹ Powerful A15 Bionic chip with Neural Engine. A 12MP Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage. USB-C connectivity. Take notes, mark up documents, or capture your biggest ideas with Apple Pencil (2nd generation) that attaches magnetically and charges wirelessly.²
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Posted . Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
I purchased a new IPad mini. I am amazed at the difference in the newest model as opposed to older versions. There is no longer a button at the bottom which is great. That is one of the reasons I needed a new one, because that button was worn out. This is definitely a top quality tablet.
Had this for less than a year and it completely stopped working. My husband admits he might have handled it a little rough, but it had a case and everything on it, so disappointed he didn't get more life out of it. Giving it 4 stars still as I have one of the exact same model that I got at the same time (purchased elsewhere) and is still fully functioning, plus he was able to get a replacement one for $350 vs. having to pay full price (thanks Best Buy!)
It’s been wonderful. My wife’s been wanting a replacement for her old iPad mini 2nd generation. It’s been great to watch movies on since we both like bigger screens but don’t want to always want to have to use a tv plus we’re always watching movies on the go.
I have the 12 and 11 inch newest version as well. They are great for watching a movie. But, this is perfect to catch a quick glimpse of the news, respond to a message and much less bulky in your backpack. Fits perfectly in you hand as well.
Posted . Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
I've had every iPad Apple makes, iPad, Air, Pro, and now the new mini 6. This my favorite of them all. I have a MacBook, and this is the perfect companion. I use it for so many things, and it's very powerful. I can take this with me when I don't want or need to take my MacBook.
I bought this as a business tool to help keep me organized. It does what I need it to do. Works nicely with the Apple Pencil. One thing is how small everything is on web but I zoom in with no problem. Not a big deal. No web lag or at least I’m not noticing. All in all it’s a perfect iPad and nice upgrade from the iPad mini 4.
I would recommend this to a friend
Design, Portable, Price
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Amazing little gadget! Niche user base
Posted . Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
I absolutely LOVE this iPad! I only paid $359+ tax! I got it when the new iPad Air came out in September. It is now mid-October, so I have been using & loving the device for about 6 weeks!
When I purchased the device, it was part of a sale on the mini for $399 from $499. I then got an additional $40 off because I chose the “renewed” version, for the total price of $359! It came in the exact same apple box with all components. The iPad is perfect! No scratches, easy to hold, fast, light, and portable. I love that it use USB-C like the iPad Pros and most other devices these days.
I would not pay $499 (the typical asking price) for this product. For $399 or less, it is a fantastic deal! It is definitely a niche product for people who want a smaller device. I love it for streaming, email, reading, and general internet browsing. (TIP! Whenever new apple products come out or if there is a holiday sale, the prices of their products drop DRAMATICALLY! I only buy iPads/laptops on sale. These sales are extremely consistent and predictable.)
I used to have the iPad mini 4, but by 2022 it was too slow to do any meaningful browsing. I much prefer browsing on my iPad mini 6 vs. my iPhone 13 or my MacBook Air. It is light, fits my hands well, is enough screen to stream and read, and the browsing is FAST! I highly recommend this device to anyone looking for an additional iPad for recreational purposes. Something to note is that the finger scanner button is on the top right of the device and the volume buttons are on the top left of the device.
I will note that I also have a regular ipad 9th generation that I use with a folio keyboard case that was provided by the school I work at. I teach special education. I could not do any lesson planning or “work” on my iPad mini. I consider my mini strictly a recreational device.
Someone with larger hands or who prefer a larger screen may prefer the cheaper 9th generation iPad which starts at $329 as their daily device (eg. My dad), or if you need something faster and lighter with more technological features, the new iPad Air which starts at $699, might be for you (eg. Student, software engineer, trader, architect). I will also note that I am impressed with how well the regular ipad 9th generation has held up with rigorous daily use for my work.
Although the $329 price is appealing, the ipad 9th generation is wayyyy too large and heavy for me to use as a personal device! I use it strictly for work- eg. lesson planning and taking data. I am always excited to go home and do my personal browsing on my adorable iPad mini 6 :) I have the purple color which comes out as a bit more of a grey, as you can see in the pics.
The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about storage, reliability, portability and design. Editors are less positive about connectivity and price. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 96/100 = Excellent quality.
gsmarena.comRating, 4.2 out of 54.2GSMArena Team on October 10, 2021
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A:AnswerYes, I see it in significant effect. It's not just scrolling either, it messes with anything flowing through that region of the screen, including animations. A trained eyes will see 'squash and stretch' when in landscape too. Portrait scrolling is largely where it can make people nauseous. If a software update doesn't show up very shortly, it's likely a true hardware issue, so I'd then return this and waiting until I have confidence they've fixed the next batch. I've confirmed this to exist on around 10 different new iPads minis, most demo units, as well as mine. Too bad, it's exactly the device I've been waiting for, otherwise. - I'd recommend holding off on buying for a bit.
A:AnswerThis new model of iPad mini uses USB-C for charging. So, if your previous iPad or any other mobile Apple device used the Lightning connector, that would be a no. However, the box comes with the charging cable and the power brick, which means that you should not worry about that.
A:AnswerYes, it does have Bluetooth. You should be able to connect to wireless earphones, headphones, speakers, and even keyboards. It also has two cameras, one in the front and the other on the back. They have a new feature called Center Stage where the camera tracks the people on frame and focuses on a really intuitive way.