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Yesterday we compared the price of the new iPhone 13s with the price of the iPhone 12 when they were released. We noticed that the prices did not not increased from one generation to the next. Better yet, Apple has doubled the storage capacity on iPhone 13 and 13 mini without salting the bill. But what about the new iPad and iPad mini announced last Tuesday during the back-to-school conference (full summary here)? Let’s see if the new Apple tablets cost more than their ancestors.

iPad 2021 (9th generation) vs iPad 2020 (8th generation)

The 9th generation iPad has a few cool new features over the older generation, including a newer A13 Bionic processor, a new 12-megapixel FaceTime camera, and True Tone for the display. What are the implications for the price? Here is the detail :

Wireless :

  • 32 GB Wi-Fi: not available for the iPad 2021, € 389 for the iPad 2020
  • 64 GB Wi-Fi: € 389 for the iPad 2021, unavailable for the iPad 2020
  • 128 GB Wi-Fi: not available for the iPad 2021, € 489 for the iPad 2020
  • 256 GB Wi-Fi: 559 € for the iPad 2021, unavailable for the iPad 2020

Wi-Fi + Cellular:

  • 32 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular: not available for the iPad 2021, 529 € for the iPad 2020
  • 64 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular: € 529 for the iPad 2021, unavailable for the iPad 2020
  • 128 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular: not available for the iPad 2021, 629 € for the iPad 2020
  • 256 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular: € 699 for the iPad 2021, unavailable for the iPad 2020

The basic price is the same for the two generations in first storage capacity, both in the Wi-Fi version (389 €) and in the Wi-Fi + Cellular version (529 €). Except that from one generation to another, the iPad goes from 32 GB to 64 GB. The basic capacity doubles, therefore, the price does not budge.

The second choice of storage capacity also doubles from one year to the next, going from 128 GB to 256 GB. In this case, unfortunately, the price goes up. If in 128 GB, it was necessary to spend € 489 in 2020 for the iPad 8 Wi-Fi or € 629 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular version, for the iPad 9 256 GB, count now € 70 more as well in Wi -Fi (€ 559) than with Wi-Fi + Cellular (€ 699).

iPad 9 64 GB at the best price
Base price: 389 €

iPad 9 256 GB at the best price
Base price: 559 €

iPad mini 2021 (6th generation) vs iPad mini 2019 (5th generation)

As for the iPad mini, the novelties are more striking, with for example a more edge-to-edge design, Touch ID in the ignition button, the arrival of the USB-C connector, the disappearance of Lightning, and the support for 5G and 2nd generation Pencil. We can expect a significant impact on prices, let’s see the detail:

Wireless :

  • 64 GB Wi-Fi: € 559 ​​for the iPad mini 2021, € 459 for the iPad mini 2019
  • 256 GB Wi-Fi: € 729 for the iPad mini 2021, € 629 for the iPad mini 2019

Wi-Fi + Cellular:

  • 64 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular: € 729 for the iPad mini 2021, € 599 for the iPad mini 2019
  • 256 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular: € 899 for the iPad mini 2021, € 769 for the iPad mini 2019

Sad news: in 64 and 256 GB, the new generation iPad mini Wi-Fi costs € 100 more than the old generation at the time of release.

And the appearance of 5G hurts even more. Indeed, if with the old generation, it was necessary to add 140 € to go from an iPad of 64 or 256 GB Wi-Fi to the equivalent in Wi-Fi + Cellular version, for the new model, it is 170 € more.

The iPad mini in this new version finally comes very close to the iPad Air in terms of price. The latter only costs a hundred euros more than the mini, for a larger screen and Magic Keyboard support. Note, however, the absence of 5G, an A14 Bionic chip (A15 Bionic for the iPad mini) and a 7 megapixel FaceTime camera (against 12 megapixels for the iPad mini) on the current iPad Air.

iPad mini 6 64 GB at the best price
Base price: 559 €

iPad mini 6 256 GB at the best price
Base price: 729 €

With these new prices, would you hesitate between the iPad Air and the iPad mini? Or is the 2021 iPad mini still showing good value for money?

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