Apple announces a new iPad, iPad Mini, new Apple Watch and more

Apple’s annual iPhone event happened overnight, where it announced the iPhone 13, the 13 Mini, the 13 Pro and the 13 Pro Max. As usual, the iPhones weren’t the only devices showcased at the event, with a new iPad, iPad Mini and the new Apple Watch sharing some of the spotlight. Apple Fitness+ also got some attention.

We’ll be running through all of the extra announcements of the event in the article below.

The new iPad and iPad Mini

The iPad and the iPad Mini are getting new and improved releases this year, featuring some incremental changes but ultimately nothing too show-stopping.

The 9th generation iPad

The new iPad is the 9th time the tablet has been released, sporting a faster A13 bionic chip that should provide a 20% increase in speeds for both the GPU and the CPU, along with faster machine learning and a 10.2-inch screen. The 12MP camera on the front has also been improved with a feature called Centre Stage, which should increase the quality of video calls and selfies by following users as they move around, zooming in and out smoothly.

Base storage has also increased, going to 64GB (was 32GB on last year’s model), although 256GB is also available. The new iPad is available for pre-order today in Silver or Space Grey, with prices starting at $499, and going up from there depending on whatever extra features you add (such as cellular connectivity, an Apple Pencil and a Smart Keyboard). It will release on September 24.

The new iPad 2021

The 6th generation iPad Mini

The iPad’s smaller cousin, the iPad Mini, is also getting a new model out soon, with pre-orders available now. Style-wise, the iPad mini now features flat sides to the edge, a Touch-ID power button on the top (with no power button on the face of the device), and note-taking support for the Apple Pencil. On top of this, the iPad Mini now features a larger 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display and 5G support.

It should come as no surprise that the iPad Mini will feature a faster processor, the A15 Bionic Chip, delivering an 80% graphics performance increase, and a 40% increase in CPU performance, according to Apple. The iPad Mini will also be getting Centre Stage support.

The iPad Mini’s charging port has also changed to a USB-C instead of a lightning port, allowing for faster charges. Apple’s True Tone balance has also been put in the iPad Mini, allowing the display to be brighter. Aesthetically, the new iPad Mini looks like a large iPhone 12, supporting Apple’s recent shift to a more muted, rounded style.

The 6th generation iPad Mini is available in Space Grey, Pink, Purple and Starlight finishes, with prices starting at $749 for the 64GB model (256GB is also available). Prices go up depending on extras and storage capacity. You can pre-order the new iPad Mini today, and get it on September 24.

The iPad Mini in several different colours

Mobile broadband plans for tablets

If you’re interested in picking up a new iPad, consider picking up a mobile broadband plan as well. This way, you can use the internet on the go, whenever you’re away from a WiFi signal, provided you’re still within cellular range. Alternatively, consider picking up a new phone plan for your smartphone, and pairing your tablet with it when you’re away from WiFi. Regardless, you can find mobile broadband plans in the table below.

Mobile Broadband Plans Compared: 100GB+

The following table shows a selection of published 100GB and over mobile broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Vodafone Logo

100GB Mobile Broadband Plan

  • SIM Only plan

min. cost $720 over 12 months

100GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Cost^^/billing period

Link to provider unavailable

Southern Phones Logo

Large

  • SIM Only

min. cost $780 over 12 month plan period

100GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go to Site
Telstra Logo

Large

  • SIM only plan – pay upfront via AutoPay
  • No excess data charges in Australia
  • 5G access included
  • Share your data with up to 10 plans across your account

min. cost $85 over one month

400GBMax Data**/billing period $85Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go to Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Mobile Broadband Plans Compared: Over 50GB

The following table shows a selection of published mobile broadband plans with 50GB – 100GB of data on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Amaysim Logo

SIM Only 50GB

  • SIM Only

min. cost $40 over 28 day billing period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Southern Phones Logo

Medium

  • SIM Only

min. cost $480 over 12 month plan period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

60GB Mobile Broadband Plan

  • SIM Only plan

min. cost $540 over 12 months

60GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Telstra Logo

Medium

  • SIM only plan – pay upfront via AutoPay
  • No excess data charges in Australia
  • 5G access included
  • Share your data with up to 10 plans across your account

min. cost $55 over one month

75GBMax Data**/billing period $55Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Amaysim Logo

SIM Only 90GB

  • SIM Only

min. cost $60 over 28 day billing period

90GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Cost^^/billing period
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Mobile Broadband Plans Compared: Under 50GB

The following table shows a selection of published mobile broadband plans with less than 50GB of data on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Amaysim Logo

SIM Only 7GB

  • SIM Only

min. cost $15 over 28 day billing period

7GBMax Data**/billing period $15Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Southern Phones Logo

Extra Small

  • SIM Only

min. cost $180 over 12 month plan period

7GBMax Data**/billing period $15Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

Extra Small

  • SIM only plan – pay upfront via AutoPay
  • No excess data charges in Australia
  • No 5G access
  • Share your data with up to 10 plans across your account

min. cost $15 over one month

5GBMax Data**/billing period $15Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

5GB Mobile Broadband Plan

  • SIM Only plan

min. cost $180 over 12 months

5GBMax Data**/billing period $15Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Southern Phones Logo

Small

  • SIM Only

min. cost $300 over 12 month plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

Small

  • SIM only plan – pay upfront via AutoPay
  • No excess data charges in Australia
  • No 5G access
  • Share your data with up to 10 plans across your account

min. cost $25 over one month

30GBMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

25GB Mobile Broadband Plan

  • SIM Only plan

min. cost $360 over 12 months

25GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Cost^^/billing period
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

The Apple Watch Series 7

The Apple Watch Series 7 comes in two new sizes (41mm and 45mm, instead of 40mm and 44mm like on previous devices) and a bigger, always-on display with slimmer bezels. The Series 7 is IP6X dust resistant and WR50 water-resistant, meaning it can withstand some harsh conditions, but nothing too over-the-top.

The new Apple Watch features the all-new S7 chip inside, which will make for faster speeds. Charging speed has also been improved, with eight hours of use now achievable from eight minutes of charging (the Series 7 watch features 18 hours of battery life, like the Series 6 before it). A QWERTY keyboard can now also be used for texting on the screen of the Apple Watch, although you’ll still want to do most of your texting from your phone, given the larger screen.

Apple’s new WatchOS 8 update also now features fall detection and an improved calorie burn system, and as far as health upgrades go, the Watch now features an electrical heart sensor, ECG and a blood oxygen sensor.

The Apple Watch Series 7 is available in Green, Blue, Red, Starlight and Midnight. In Australia, prices are yet to be announced, but US prices will start at $399 ($545 in Australia). A release date is yet to be confirmed, so we’ll have to wait and see. You can use previous generations of Apple Watch bands with the Series 7 watch, so no need to upgrade your band.

The Apple Watch Series 7

Apple Fitness updates

Apple Fitness+ got some love at the Apple event last night, with the service now available in 21 countries, and now featuring group workout features – which is a godsend if you’re currently locked down at home.  In Australia, Apple Fitness+ is priced at $14.99 per month in Australia (or $119.99 for a year), and has been available since December last year.

This subscription can be shared between up to six family members, with a free three-month trial available to those who purchase an Apple Watch Series 3 or later. Current Apple Watch owners will get a month of Apple Fitness+ for free.

On top of its already impressive library of workouts (featuring Core, Cycling, Dance and more kinds of personal training), Apple Fitness+ will get guided meditations, group workouts for up to 32 people, and Pilates. The new workouts will be available in audio or video formats, so you won’t need a TV. The new features will be available on September 27.

A person using Apple Fitness+

Phone plans for Apple fans

Apple’s devices heavily cater towards having a capable mobile plan, be it a data-heavy plan for hot-spotting or web browsing, or a 5G-capable phone plan for iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 owners. If you’re interested in any of Apple’s devices, consider picking up a new postpaid or prepaid phone plan. You can find a wide selection of plans in the table below.

Here is a selection of postpaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database with a minimum of 10GB of data, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use Canstar Blue’s phone plan comparison tool to see a wide range of plans on offer from mobile providers. This table includes products with links to referral partners.

Here is a selection of prepaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database with a minimum of 10GB of data, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see a wide range of plans from other providers. This table includes products with links to referral partners.

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