If you’ve read us over the past few days, you’ll know that Apple currently has two new iPads on the market. These were presented on Tuesday evening as one of a back-to-school keynote which also saw the arrival of new iPhone 13s and a new Apple Watch Series 7.
iPad 9 64 GB at the best price
Base price: 389 €
To assert its domination on the tablet market, therefore, Apple has armed itself with a new 9th generation iPad, taking over from the 8th generation model of 2020, and a new 6th generation iPad mini, an evolution of the 5th generation model of 2019.
The new iPad mini marks the most notable changes compared to its predecessor: A15 Bionic chip, more edge-to-edge design, Touch ID in the ignition button, USB-C connector instead of Lightning, support for 5G and compatibility with 2nd generation Apple Pencil. The new iPad is not left out, with, among other things, a new 12 megapixel FaceTime camera, an A13 Bionic chip and the True Tone for the screen panel.
All these characteristics are clearly visible on the Apple site. But there is one that the Californian firm likes to hide: the amount of RAM. However, this is critical to define the theoretical fluidity of the machine, especially in the case of heavy applications.
While the two machines are not yet available in stores – pre-orders started last Tuesday for deliveries from September 24 – for the moment we can only trust the clues at our disposal. There are in particular in the lines of codes of the beta version of the software of Apple Xcode 13, as indicated by our colleagues from MacRumors.
For the iPad 2021, it is therefore necessary to count 3 GB of RAM. That’s as much as what the previous generation iPad released in 2020 offered.
The 2021 iPad mini is entitled to one GB more, to reach 4 GB of RAM. The iPad mini of 2019 only had 3.
We are still far from the 16 GB of the iPad Pro in version 1 or 2 TB of storage. All the same, the increase for the iPad mini is good to take, especially since the prices are increasing from one generation to the next as seen there. The iPad 2021 meanwhile displays the same price in basic storage capacity, 64 GB, as the old model.
iPad mini 6 64 GB at the best price
Base price: 559 €