Is this new iPad mini design touch genius – or terrible?

iPad mini
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It's fair to say the new iPad mini is a hit, particularly from a design perspective. Users and critics alike are loving the iPad Pro-inspired flat-edged design, which brings the mini in line with higher end tablets at long (long) last. But one aspect of the design is proving rather contentious.

For the first time on an iPad or iPhone, Apple has moved the volume buttons  from the side to the top of the device – and the change has clearly got plenty of users' heads in a spin. But it turns out there's a nifty in-built feature which means the decision makes a lot more sense. (In the market for new kit? Check out the best Apple deals.) 

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.