#AppleEvent: Apple Unveils New Low-Cost iPad And iPad Mini
The multinational tech company announces new products, product redesigns and upgrades through press conferences that garner a significant following in traditional and online media.
Invites to the latest event which is currently underway sported the tagline “California streaming,” and it opened with a music video taking place in several major California landmarks, where Apple’s headquarters is located (specifically Cupertino, California, a suburb of San Jose).
Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook took the stage shortly afterwards, praising the state and calling it a place for people with big ambitions and big dreams.
Cook then moved onto product announcements, starting with Apple’s lowest-cost iPad, simply called iPad revealing that the device is getting an update with a faster A13 processor (A13 Bionic Chip), marking it 20% faster than previous products.
The new iPad comes with a better 12 megapixel ultra-wide front-facing camera for better video calls, like on Zoom and a Center Stage feature, which was previously available on iPad Pro.
Utilising Apple’s new Center Stage feature in Zoom, someone with their video on is kept in frame as they move around in the space in front of their iPad. This creates a more dynamic and engaging video experience, and it eliminates the need to move your iPad to keep you in the center of the video.
The iPad also got a wider lens to capture more people in a single scene and can have an LTE wireless connection.
Other features are it supports 1st Gen Apple Pencil, supports third party keyboards, iPadOS15, all day battery life and it’s 6x faster than the best selling android tablet
The new iPad costs $329 with 64GB of storage and $299 for students. That’s more storage but the same starting price as before. It goes on sale next week.
Moving on, Apple also announced a new iPad Mini, which has a smaller 8.3-inch screen. It has a redesign featuring new, flatter design language, like the iPhone 12.
It has smaller bezels (the borders between a screen and a phone’s frame) with no fingerprint sensor on the front. But the TouchID sensor has been built into the top button, which turns the screen on and off.
Showcasing development in aesthetics and outlook department, iPad mini comes in four beautiful colours: Purple, Pink, Starlight, and Space Gray.
Other features are 40% jump in CPU, a12 MP Rear Camera, 12 MP Ultra-Wide, Center Stage, stereo speakers, upgraded cameras, supports second generation Apple Pencil and 5G connectivity!
It uses an USB-C connector, instead of Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector. It works with Apple’s stylus, the second-generation Pencil which attaches to the side.