The newly launched iPad mini 6 is undoubtedly a strong piece of tech, particularly considering its cute and compact exterior. It is one of many newest additions to the iPad household that has gone via an entire redesign, resembling a shrunken down iPad Air 2020.
And whereas the sixth technology of Apple’s compact iPad could have been the star of the present throughout Cupertino’s “California Dreaming” occasion this previous week, it nonetheless left me unconvinced and wishing for extra throughout the aftermath. And that is as a result of there’s one lacking characteristic that that is holding me from leaping on the bandwagon and putting my iPad mini 6 pre-order.
What’s lacking is assist for the Magic Keyboard, and it is one thing that I am unable to ignore, particularly after spending an entire month with my 4th gen iPad Air. Ever since I bought my arms on the Magic Keyboard and began utilizing it with my iPad Air, I am unable to think about going again to utilizing a keyboard-less pill, be it small or massive. It has been an immense assist by way of each productiveness and comfort, permitting me to make use of my pill to its full potential.
Every thing in regards to the Magic Keyboard compliments my iPad in each method with its clicky keys, exact mousepad, seamless charging and durable construct, all of which doubles as an iPad Folio case. Even when at first this accent felt too dear for its personal good, I can confidently say that it was value each penny in the long term.
Do not get me incorrect, I agree that the userbase for iPad mini 6 is completely different to that of the iPad Air 4, and its compact measurement makes it tough for each first and third-party producers to give you a keyboard that feels pure. As a rule, smaller laptops find yourself with a keyboard that takes some time to get used to.
Within the phrases of our editor Henry T. Casey: “Take a look at tiny laptops that jam their keys in too tightly,” and I could not agree extra.
Nevertheless, there’s additionally a case to be made on how the iPad mini 6 compares to the iPad Air 2020. General, the 2 tablets appear fairly comparable, sharing options just like the Contact ID sensor on the aspect button, all-screen Liquid Retina Show, flat-edged design and the USB-C connectivity.
So why would Apple borrow practically every thing from the iPad Air and deprive its new compact pill of the one characteristic that so many customers have come to like? Particularly because the mini is $100 cheaper. Even when I hadn’t purchased the iPad Air beforehand, my selection would nonetheless be unchanged, and it isn’t as a result of I am not a fan of the mini pill usually. I have been utilizing my iPad mini Four for years now and I’ve beloved each second of it. And I distinctly bear in mind looking Amazon for hours on finish in the hunt for an ideal keyboard that would additionally act as a case for my pill.
To me, the one higher hand that the iPad mini 6 has is its tiny measurement that comes with a barely cheaper price ticket. Nevertheless, the iPad Air is not precisely gigantic in any method. As somebody who’s continually struggling to suit my tech in a handbag, I’ve by no means had a lot bother with the iPad Air. That stated, I can even see what number of can be tempted to snag Apple’s cute pill as quickly as attainable.
So my level is that assist for the Magic Keyboard is fascinating for me however not required for all. All of it is determined by what you plan to make use of your iPad for, be it video modifying, working, graphic design and and many others. However for me, my Magic Keyboard is the sort of necessity that I refuse to surrender.