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The iPad mini includes the A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine, 7.9‑inch Retina display with True Tone, Touch ID, and support for Apple Pencil.

2019 iPad mini review roundup

The iPad mini is the tablet you’re looking for if you want a bigger screen than your iPhone for things like reading news, books, playing games, and enjoying social media. When compared to all other iPads, the iPad mini is cost-effective and offers first-generation Apple Pencil support.


iPad mini 5

The iPad mini was first introduced in October of 2012. Back in the keynote, this iPad contrasted with the standard model: 9.7 inches for the base model, 7.9 inches for the mini one. “Easy to remember,” Apple said at the time.

One year later, in 2013, the company gave this iPad a minor upgrade with the A7 processor and a Retina display. Only in 2014, with the iPad mini 3, Apple introduced the Touch ID on this tablet while adding support for Apple Pay.

Alongside the first iPad Pro, the iPad mini 4 was announced in September of 2015, but with the iPhone 6s and a new Apple TV also presented at this keynote, the iPad mini 4 was overshadowed. It received an A8 processor and its first redesign with a slightly taller and wider body than the previous models.

When everyone thought Apple wouldn’t launch another iPad mini, the company released the fifth-generation in March of 2019. This was the most significant update for the mini line, with a major processor upgrade and the first-generation Apple Pencil support.

iPad mini Specs

The fifth-generation iPad mini has the same 7.9-inch Retina display it already had on the previous model, but now with TrueTone support. With the A12 Bionic chip, the same as the iPhone XS, the tablet is three times faster than its predecessor. You also get 3GB of RAM and 64GB and 256GB storage options.

It has an 8MP main camera that can record up to 1080p and a 7MP FaceTime camera that can record videos in Full HD.

The fifth-generation also brought support for the first-generation Apple Pencil. The mini 5 is the only iPad in line that doesn’t support the Smart Keyboard. Apple offers third-part wireless keyboard options for the customers who want to type with a proper keyboard.

It’s available in three colors: Space Grey, Silver, and Gold. You can choose between the Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular models. This iPad offers an “all-day battery life” with 10-hour support and has a Lightning port for charging.

iPadOS 14.5

The fifth-generation iPad mini runs iPadOS 14.5. In iPadOS 14, Apple introduced some great features for the tablet, for example:

  • Redesigned widgets
  • New enhanced sidebars
  • Faster search
  • Compact calls
  • Scribble, which convert handwriting in text
  • Apple Pencil brings scratch to delete, circle to select, shape recognition, and data detectors

iPadOS 14.5, for example, brings:

  • App Tracking Transparency, the user can choose whether to be tracked across apps or not
  • Siri improvements, with two new additional voices
  • 200+ new emojis
  • Podcasts Show Pages are redesigned to make it easier to start listening

Only the fourth and fifth-generation can run iPadOS 14.


The fifth-generation iPad mini pricing starts at $399 for the 64GB storage option with Wi-Fi only. The prices can go up to $679 with the 256GB storage option and Wi-Fi + Cellular. Here are the full prices of the fifth-generation mini Apple sells:

  • 64GB with Wi-Fi: $399
  • 64GB with Wi-Fi + Cellular: $529
  • 256GB with Wi-Fi: $549
  • 256GB with Wi-Fi + Cellular: $679

Lower prices may be available from Apple’s official Amazon store.

iPad mini Review

In our review of the fifth-generation iPad mini, we described it as a “portable powerhouse.”

Until Apple decides to make a folding tablet, the best you can do from a portability standpoint is the iPad mini. If portability is the most important factor in your eyes, then there’s nothing more that needs to be said, the mini 5 is the tablet for you. However, if portability isn’t at the top of your list, then you’ll need to decide between the 9.7-inch iPad and the iPad Air 3. In that case, the deciding factor should boil down to performance versus price.

Although the design of this iPad looks a bit outdated in 2019, it’s still by far the best small-form-factor tablet on the market. And now with the added performance of the A12 Bionic chip, it’s not just portable — it’s a portable powerhouse.


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Which iPad should you buy? Hands-on with the iPad 7, iPad mini 5, iPad Air 3, and iPad Pro (2020)

With the release of the new iPad Pro for 2020 and last year’s update to the entry-level iPad, it’s time to take another look at the entire iPad lineup to determine which iPad is best.

The iPad that’s best for me, isn’t necessarily the iPad that’s best for you, and vice versa. In this hands-on video, we discuss which iPad you should buy in 2020. Expand

iPad mini 5 review: when portability matters most [Video]

From the outside, the new iPad mini is virtually a carbon copy of the iPad mini 4, but it’s sporting some serious upgrades under the hood. As you’ve probably heard, the 5th-generation iPad mini is basically an iPad Air 3, just in a much more compact form-factor.

Indeed, the iPad mini 5 is a powerful tablet that can almost fit in your pocket, but the size, or lack thereof, can be both a gift and a curse depending on your needs. Watch our hands-on iPad mini 5 review video for the details. Expand

2019 iPad mini review roundup: Four clear themes emerge …

2019 iPad mini review roundup

The 2019 iPad mini reviews are out, and they are pretty consistent – with four clear themes emerging.

First, this is an evolutionary device, not a revolutionary one. That’s in large part because Apple wanted to hit the same price-point, one likely driven more by business customers than consumers. From waiting staff in restaurants to delivery drivers, the business market is a key reason Apple has chosen to update the iPad mini …


Apple’s new iPad mini and iPad Air both support the Logitech Crayon

iPad Logitech Crayon

Apple announced two new iPads this morning, finally updating the iPad mini and bridging the gap between its entry-level and high-end models with a new iPad Air. For the first time, both new product lines gain Apple Pencil support, while also being the first new models since the sixth-generation 2018 iPad to feature Logitech Crayon support.


Comment: It seems as if Apple doesn’t know who the new iPad mini is for

Who is the new iPad mini for?

The iPad mini has long had a rather odd position in the model lineup, but things got weirder still with the new iPad mini launched today.

The smallest iPad in the line-up originally had to try to satisfy the needs of two very different types of customers. There were those who bought it because it was, at the time, the cheapest iPad. In particular, the combination of relatively low-cost and diminutive size made it a popular choice for kids.

But there were also those for whom it was never about price …


Apple announces new 10.5-inch iPad Air and iPad mini with Apple Pencil support

New iPad Air 2019

Apple today announced updates to its iPad line. There’s a new iPad mini and a new iPad Air, with a 10.5-inch screen. The iPad Air features a thinner design with a 10.5-inch display and the Apple A12 Bionic chip.

The iPad mini keeps the same 7.9-inch screen, but gets the same A12 spec bump. Both the Air and the Mini are compatible with the first-generation Apple Pencil. The iPad mini starts at $399 for the 64 GB model, and the Air starts at $499. You can order them today from


Comment: The rumored iPad mini 5 only makes sense if it gets a substantial price cut

iPad mini 5 – much like the iPad mini 4

The venerable iPad mini 4 still has its fans, despite its now somewhat odd position in the iPad line-up: more expensive than the 9.7-inch iPad, yet smaller and significantly less capable.

Smaller can be a benefit as well as a drawback, of course. Some prefer the portability of the mini, and many parents like them as devices for younger kids, as they are easier to handle and thus less likely to get damaged by a fall.

But the ‘less capable’ part is because the iPad mini hasn’t been updated since 2015 …


Comment: With Apple’s March event focused on services, when should we expect hardware updates?

iPad mini iPod touch release

At the start of the week, you could reasonably guess that Apple might hold its semi-regular spring event to unveil a new 10-inch iPad and smaller iPad mini 5, an updated iPod touch, possibly AirPods 2, and new features in iOS 12.2. Reliable reporting has since adjusted expectations, giving us a rumored event date and a focus on new subscription news and video services in place of any hardware. So when should we expect to see all that rumored hardware if there’s no hardware event?


Digitimes: New entry-level iPad and iPad mini 5 launching in first half of 2019

ipad mini 5 design

Apple is seemingly set to debut at least two new iOS devices in the first half of this year.

Digitimes is reporting that touch-screen suppliers are gearing up to supply components for two new iPads in the coming months. These tablets are described as ‘entry-level’ models, including a long-awaited update to the iPad mini 4 and an update to the 2018 $329 9.7-inch iPad.


New 10-inch iPad and ‘low-priced’ iPad mini coming in 2019, according to Chinese media report

Apple is set to launch a new iPad mini and a revised form factor entry-level iPad, according to China Times. The iPad mini has not received an update since the fourth-generation model debuted in 2015, which Apple continues to sell in 128 GB configurations.

For the 2018 revision, Apple’s $329 iPad featured no physical appearance changes, focusing on a new processor and support for the Apple Pencil stylus. For 2019, it will apparently be receiving industrial design updates to accommodate a slightly larger 10-inch display …


Comment: 2018 iPad Pros are portable enough for split keyboards — and floating iPhone keyboards

The split keyboard situation on iOS is so strange. As John Gruber rightfully calls out on Daring Fireball, the new iPad Pros simply don’t offer split keyboards. iOS limits the split keyboard to 7.9-inch, 9.7-inch, and 10.5-inch iPads. The old small iPad Pro had it; the new and pricier small iPad Pro does not.

That means no split keyboard support on the arguably more portable 11-inch 2018 iPad Pro that’s thinner and lighter, and none of the three generations of 12.9-inch iPad Pro have ever supported split keyboards.


Kuo predicts new iPad mini 5, AirPower launch in late 2018 or early 2019, more

We’re one week away from Apple’s big October 30th event, and reliable supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities has some newsworthy predictions. Kuo summarizes previous predictions including his belief that AirPower is still debuting soon based on supply chain sources. The analyst also predicts Apple will indeed produce a new iPad mini…