Everything iPad mini owners need to know about USB-C

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Everything iPad mini owners need to know about USB-C
Replacing the Lightning port with USB-C in the iPad mini 6 might seem like a minor change. It’s not.
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The just-released iPad mini is the latest Apple tablet to make the switch from Lightning to USB-C. That allows it to do quite a few things out of reach of its predecessors.

As a proud new owner of the device, you’ll surely want to make sure you’re living up to its potential. Here’s everything iPad mini owners need to know about USB-C.

Mysterious ‘jelly scrolling’ problem plagues new iPad mini owners

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2021 iPad mini packs 5G
Well, that's not good.
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iPad mini’s glorious upgrade for 2021 isn’t without its faults for some early adopters, who are being plagued by a mysterious “jelly scrolling” issue on its new 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display.

The problem, which causes one side of iPad mini’s screen to scroll ever so slightly faster than the other, only seems to surface when using the tiny tablet in portrait mode. Some may not notice it until seeing the effect in slow motion.

iPhone 13 and iPad mini: The good, the bad, the ugly! [The CultCast]

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The CultCast 511: Early iPhone 13 and iPad mini reviews leave us asking,
Early iPhone 13 and iPad mini reviews leave us asking, "That all ya got, Apple?"
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This week on Cult of Mac’s podcast: The early reviews are in — let’s talk about the best and worst parts of iPhone 13, 13 Pro and the iPad mini. Plus: Apple is prepping yet another great feature coming soon to your HomePod — it ain’t dead yet, baby!

Restoring iPhone 13 or a new iPad from backup can break Apple Music

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Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos and Lossless Audio are coming to Apple Music subscribers beginning June 2021.
A day-one update fixes the problem.
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Apple warned owners of iPhone 13 and its newest iPad models on Friday that restoring their device from an earlier backup can cause problems in Apple Music. A bug prevents some users from accessing the Apple Music catalog and settings, and from using Sync Library on their new device.

The problem affects only iPhone 13, the 2021 iPad mini and the new ninth-generation iPad. Installing a software update fixes the problem.

Apple fans worldwide get their hands on iPhone 13 and new iPad models

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iPhone 13 and new iPads hit the Apple Store
Are you one of the lucky ones?
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iPhone 13, the 2021 iPad mini and the ninth-generation iPad hit the Apple Store on Friday morning. Cupertino showed off photos of customers getting their hands on its newest devices in Beijing to celebrate the occasion.

Those who preordered online last week also started receiving their new devices today. Twitter and other online platforms have become flooded with images from excited Apple customers with new products to unpack.

That was quick! Amazon slashes almost $40 off the 2021 iPad mini

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2021 iPad mini
Get yours from just $459.99.
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If you’re planning to pick up the awesome new iPad mini, don’t buy it from Apple. Amazon is already offering almost $40 off the latest model, reducing its starting price from $499 to just $459.99.

Bag yours before the discount disappears.

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iPad mini’s new A15 Bionic chip isn’t as fast as iPhone 13’s

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2021 iPad mini
It's still a little beast, of course.
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The 2021 iPad mini packs the same A15 Bionic chip that powers the new iPhone 13 lineup, but with one big difference. Early benchmarks reveal Apple reduced the clock speed of the A15 inside its newest compact tablet.

As a result, processor performance in benchmark tests doesn’t score quite as high.

Apple details new ways to shop for iPhone 13 and latest iPad models

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Shop iPhone 13
It's now even easier to give Apple your cash.
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Preordering iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro tomorrow? Apple now gives you new ways to shop for its newest devices. Take advantage of additional pickup, payment, and delivery options, as well as carrier offers at Apple Retail stores.

The same options are also available for the new iPad and iPad mini, which are already up for preorder ahead of their debut on September 24.