Apple updates entry-level iPad 10.2, iPad mini

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Apple kicked off its California Streaming event with the announcement of two new iPads: the entry-level iPad 10.2 and the 6th-gen iPad mini.

iPad 10.2 (2021)

The new 10.2-inch iPad is powered by the A13 Bionic chip that promises a 20% performance boost over the A12 Bionic in last year’s model.

Like its predecessor, this new entry-level tablet has a 10.2-inch Liquid Retina display with True Tone support, a TouchID button, and support for the first-generation Apple Pencil.

The rear camera is the same 8MP snapper as last time, but Apple promises that the upgraded chipset will enhance the image quality.

Meanwhile, the front camera has been upgraded; it’s now a 12MP 120-degree ultrawide lens with Apple’s Center Stage feature, which adjusts the framing to keep you in the center of the picture when you’re on video calls.

Here are the prices of the iPad 10.2 (2021):

  • iPad 10.2 (64GB, Wi-Fi) – P19,990
  • iPad 10.2 (64GB, Wi-Fi + Cellular) – P27,990
  • iPad 10.2 (256GB, Wi-Fi) – P28,990
  • iPad 10.2 (256GB, Wi-Fi + Cellular) – P36,990

iPad mini (2021)

The 6th-gen iPad mini got a lot more upgrades, starting with an overhauled design with flat edges and curved corners.

While it retains the same footprint as before, the new mini now offers a bigger 8.3-inch display (vs. the 7.9-inch screen on its predecessor). This was made possible by the removal of the round home button with embedded TouchID. The fingerprint sensor is now built into the power button. The display offers 500 nits of peak brightness, as well as support for the second-gen Apple Pencil.

The iPad mini is powered by Apple’s new 5nm A15 Bionic chip that has a five-core GPU and offers 5G data on the Wi-Fi + Cellular variants.

At the back, the slate features a 12MP camera with True Tone flash and f/1.8 aperture lens. The front-facing camera is a 12MP ultrawide lens.

The iPad mini charges over the more widely adopted USB-C standard and runs iOS 15 out of the box.

Here are the prices of the iPad mini:

  • iPad mini (64GB, Wi-Fi) – P29,990
  • iPad mini (64GB, Wi-Fi + Cellular) – P38,990
  • iPad mini (256GB, Wi-Fi) – P38,990
  • iPad mini (256GB, Wi-Fi + Cellular) – P47,990

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