Apple's upgraded iPad and iPad Mini have arrived — here's everything you need to know

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The iPad and iPad Mini both got some big upgrades for 2021. Here's everything you need to know.
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Apple just took the wraps off of the latest standard iPad, which is getting a really nice power boost, and the new iPad Mini, which is getting a massive overhaul complete with attractive color options and some significant upgrades under the hood.

Wondering which new Apple tablet is for you? Here's how they both stack up.

How to preorder the new iPad and iPad mini

Both new iPads are available for preorder now and are set to ship on Sept. 24, with the iPad starting at $329 with 64GB of storage and the iPad Mini starting at $499 with 64GB of storage.

Both iPads can be upgraded to 256GB of storage for those who need more space ($479 for the iPad; $649 for the iPad Mini) and can both be configured with optional cellular connectivity (starting at $459 for the iPad and $649 for the iPad Mini).

iPad 2021 (starting at $329; amazon.com , bestbuy.com and bhphotovideo.com )

iPad Mini 2021 (starting at $499; amazon.com, bestbuy.com and bhphotovideo.com)

Same classic iPad with some pro-level upgrades

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On the outside, the latest version of Apple's classic $329 looks pretty unchanged. But it's getting a notable speed bump that could make it even better for the office or classroom — not to mention one of the iPad Pro's best features.

The iPad will now feature Apple's A13 Bionic processor, which the company says should deliver 20% better performance than the previous-gen model. Apple also says you'll get three times the speed of a top-selling Chromebook, and that it's six times faster than the most popular Android tablet out there. We found the eighth-gen iPad to be very reliable for running multiple programs at once and hopping on FaceTimes while using apps, and we found that its benchmark scores (including a strong nine-hour battery life) beat out the seventh-gen model by a decent margin. However, we did see some slowdown when doing heavier tasks such as video editing, so we're curious to see if the new model's processor bump will make the base iPad a more…
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