What’s next for the iPad mini
iPad mini 6
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple is working on a new iPad mini that can measure from 8.5 to 9 inches, and Bloomberg’s Mark Gorman said the upcoming iPad mini will have a larger screen with thinner bezels. The upcoming iPad mini 6 is expected to be launched this fall.
Apple is said to be testing designs that don’t have a home button. With no home button, Apple could implement Face ID or add a Touch ID power button as it did with the iPad Air. Rumors have been mixed about whether the iPad mini 6 will have a USB-C or a Lightning port.
According to display analyst Ross Young, the iPad mini 6 will have an 8.3-inch screen with the larger size enabled by removing the home button and a narrower bezel design.
Leaker Jon Prosser, who participated in the presentation of the alleged design of the iPad mini 6, says it will have an iPad Air 4-like design with a Touch ID power button, an A14 chip and a USB-C port instead of a Lightning port.
Prosser claims that the iPad mini will come in black, silver, and gold colors and will have “dramatically improved speakers.” He also says the iPad mini will be 206.3 mm x 137.8 mm x 6.1 mm in size, and will be accompanied by a new, smaller Apple Pencil. Prosser said the renderings are based on blueprints, CAD files, and real photos of the device.
9to5Mac believes the iPad mini 6 will feature a USB-C port along with a smart connector, and the site claims it will be equipped with the same A15 chip that Apple is expected to use in the iPhone 13.
According to DigiTimes, Apple will launch the new 8.x-inch iPad mini in the first half of 2021, but Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the iPad mini 6 will be launched in the second half of the year.
Although multiple sources have suggested that the iPad mini will see an updated design with a larger screen and no home button, Japanese site Mac Otakara believes that the iPad mini 6 will not feature any design changes, only gaining an updated A14 chip.
Small LED screen?
In 2020, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple was working on an iPad mini with an LED display, a device he expects to launch late in the year. It didn’t, and the mini-LED rumors died out until DigiTimes said in July 2021 that the iPad mini 6 would feature a tiny LED display.
Unfortunately, display analyst Ross Young thinks the DigiTimes information is inaccurate, and says the iPad mini 6 won’t have a small LED display, which may make sense because at the moment, the mini-LED is limited to the latest iPad Pros. The model and iPad mini are offered at a much more affordable price.
Young said he spoke to Radiant Opto-Electronics, the supplier that DigiTimes claimed will manufacture the monitor. Mini-LED technology will allow for thinner and lighter product designs while delivering good color gamut performance, high contrast, HDR and local dimming, dimming the backlight behind black areas of the screen while keeping the bright parts lit.
iPad mini 6 Mockup
An aluminum slot for the iPad mini 6 was spotted being used by case makers in August, giving us a look at the design of Apple’s upcoming tablet. In keeping with the rumors, it features a larger screen and no home button, along with a slimmer chassis and a flat-edged design.
The model features the volume buttons on the top of the iPad mini rather than the right side, which, if accurate, would indicate a significant design change. The buttons are on the side opposite the power button, which is expected to acquire Touch ID.
iPad mini 5
Apple in March 2019 updated the iPad mini, introducing the fifth generation version four years after the release of the iPad mini 4. Prior to the update, it was unclear whether Apple would keep the 7.9-inch tablet, but it now has a solid position in the iPad lineup. company’s own.
The $399 iPad mini 5 is roughly identical to the 10.5-inch iPad Air released alongside it, except for the screen size. iPad mini is Apple’s smallest tablet with a 7.9-inch 2048 x 1536 Retina display.
Compared to the previous iPad mini, the updated version has new display technology like True Tone to adjust white balance to match the room’s ambient light and extensive color support for more vibrant and lifelike colors. The screen is 25 percent brighter than that of the iPad mini 4.
There are no design changes compared to the previous iPad mini. There are thicker bezels on the top and bottom of the iPad mini 5, along with slimmer side bezels. At 6.1mm thick, it’s identical to the iPad Air, thinner than the iPad, and thicker than the iPad Pro.
The iPad mini comes in silver, space gray, and gold, and continues to use the Touch ID Home button for biometric authentication and a headphone jack. It also continues to charge via Lightning, unlike new iPad Pro models that use USB-C.
Inside, the iPad mini 5 is equipped with the A12 Bionic chip, the latest generation of Apple’s A-series chips used in the iPhone. Compared to the previous generation iPad mini, it is three times faster with 9x faster graphics. It features the same all-day battery life as other iPads, lasting up to 10 hours depending on the task.
New in the iPad mini is Apple Pencil support, and the tablet is compatible with the first-generation Apple Pencil. Unlike the iPad Air, it does not have a smart connector and an identical smart keyboard.
The iPad mini 5 uses an 8MP f/2.4 camera similar to the one used in the previous model, with no rear flash and 1080p video recording. While the rear camera is the same and largely lacking compared to the Pro models, the 7MP front camera is an improvement.
Like the iPad Air, the iPad mini features dual stereo speakers, dual microphones, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 802.11ac, Gigabit class LTE on cellular models, and eSIM technology.
Pricing for the new iPad mini starts at $399 for the 64GB WiFi-only model, with the 256GB model priced at $549. Cellular models are available for an additional $130 over the base price per configuration. The first generation Apple Pencil that works with the iPad mini is available for $99.
Reviews of the iPad mini 5 have been mostly positive, with reviewers describing the new device as a capable but portable tablet with nearly all the features of the new iPad Air.
Reviewers didn’t like the design, which hasn’t changed much in 7 years, but they’re happy with the addition of Apple Pencil support and a superfast A12 chip inside. Simply put, there is no other tablet this size as powerful as the iPad mini.
For a full summary of what reviewers have to say about the iPad mini, be sure to check out our list of iPad mini reviews.
The fifth generation iPad mini can be likened to the iPad Air in a smaller and more portable package. The iPad mini is Apple’s smallest and most compact iPad, but on the inside is the iPad Air.
Design-wise, the iPad mini 5 is identical to the iPad mini 4, and features a tapered body, rounded corners, thicker bezels on the top and bottom of the device, and thinner side edges.
The thicker top and bottom bezels house the front camera and Touch ID Home button. On the back of the iPad mini there is a single-lens rear camera without flash, and at the bottom there is a lighting port for charging purposes along with two speakers.
The iPad mini 5 still has a headphone jack on the top, along with the sleep/wake button, and there are volume up/down buttons on the side.
The iPad mini measures 203.2 mm (8 inches) long, 134.8 mm (5.3 inches) wide, and 6.1 mm (0.24 inches) thick. It is slightly thicker than the iPad Pro and the same thickness as the iPad Air. It weighs 0.66 pounds for the WiFi model and 0.68 pounds for the Cellular model.
Apple offers the fifth generation iPad mini in silver, space gray, silver, and gold.
iPad mini 5 continues to use the Touch ID Home button for biometric authentication purposes. Touch ID is used to unlock your iPad, access apps, authenticate iTunes purchases, and confirm purchases made with Apple Pay.
The iPad mini, iPad Air, and the 9.7-inch iPad all feature headphone jacks. The iPad Pro 11 and 12.9-inch models introduced in 2018 don’t have headphone jacks, and neither do Apple’s current iPhones.
The iPad mini features a fully laminated 7.9-inch multi-touch display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 with a resolution of 326 pixels per inch, the highest pixel density of any Apple iPad.
Brightness comes in at 500 nits, making the iPad mini 5 25 percent brighter than the iPad mini 4. There’s an anti-reflective coating with 1.8 percent less reflection and an anti-oil coating to protect the screen from fingerprints.
The P3 wide color gamut delivers rich colors and lifelike vibrancy, while True Tone adjusts the screen’s white balance to match the ambient light in the room. This helps make the screen easier on the eyes in dimly lit rooms, outdoors, and more, by reducing blue when appropriate.
Apple Pencil Support
The fifth generation iPad mini is compatible with the first generation Apple Pencil, the model with a Lightning connector on the end.
The Apple Pencil is an Apple-designed stylus designed to deliver unparalleled precision and integration with iPad while delivering a pencil-like feel on paper.
There are pressure and position sensors built into the Apple Pencil that allow it to detect a range of motion and force for pressure-sensitive drawing and writing. Two tilt sensors on the tip of the Apple Pencil determine the direction and angle of the hand you’re holding so that the tip of the tip can be used for shading.
Apple Pencil has a battery life of up to 12 hours and is charged using the built-in Lighting connector on the top designed to plug into the Lightning port on your iPad. A 15-second charge provides half an hour of power.
There is a second-generation Apple Pencil, but this model is only for the 11- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models.
Apple introduced the original Apple Pencil alongside the 9.7-inch iPad Pro in 2015, and although it was limited to Apple’s most expensive tablets at launch, the entire iPad lineup now works with the Apple Pencil. To learn more about the Apple Pencil, be sure to check out our complete Apple Pencil guide.
A12 Bionic chip
The iPad mini 5 is equipped with the same A12 Bionic chip that Apple used in its 2018 iPhone lineup. Based on early benchmarks, the A12 chip in the iPad mini was clocked at 2.4GHz, as was the A12 chip in the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max.
Apple says the iPad mini 5 has three times faster performance than the iPad mini 4, along with nine times faster graphics.
The A12 Bionic chip features an octa-core Neural Engine that uses real-time machine learning to power iOS features to improve image capture, gaming, augmented reality, and more.
For AR, the A12 Bionic chip includes faster detection of AR surfaces for the rear camera and immersive 3D gaming experiences.
iPad mini 5 features 3GB of RAM.
There is an 8-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.4 aperture, the same camera found on the 9.7-inch iPad and iPad Air.
The camera supports Live Photos, auto HDR, 43-megapixel Panoramas, Burst Mode and Timer Mode, but there is no back flash feature. For video, the camera can capture 1080p HD video at 30 fps and 720p Slo-mo video at 120 fps.
The front FaceTime camera is almost as good as the rear camera with a 7MP lens and f/2.2 aperture. The front camera supports wide color capture and a Retina flash feature, although there is no TrueDepth camera system and therefore no Face ID, Animoji, Memoji or Portrait Mode.
Touchpad and mouse support
iPadOS 13.4 provides keyboard and mouse support for all models of iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, and iPad mini 4 and later.
According to Apple, the iPad’s trackpad support and touch-first interface have been “completely reimagined,” although they’re still familiar to Mac users. The cursor appears as a circle that highlights various user interface elements, text fields, and applications on the home screen or dock, showing what can be clicked.
Gestures on the trackpad are designed to allow users to switch between apps, access the app switcher, and activate the Dock, Control Center, and apps in Slide Over. Multi-touch gestures on the control panel allow for quick and easy navigation across iPadOS.
Apple-designed trackpad support for integration into both first-party and third-party apps. Scrolling through web pages in Safari and image libraries in the Photos app is supported, for example, such as precisely editing text in Notes and other apps, viewing and organizing email, and more.
Apple says that most third-party apps will work without any changes at all, and developers will be able to take advantage of the new APIs for deeper trackpad support.
Compatible Mouse and Controllers
Trackpad and mouse support will allow any of the above iPads running iPadOS 13.4 to connect to a Magic Mouse, Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad, Magic Trackpad 2, or a third-party mouse using Bluetooth or USB.
When connected to the Magic Trackpad 2, iPads will support gestures that include swiping, swiping between application areas, accessing the home screen, accessing the App Switcher, zooming in and out, tap-to-click, right-click, and scrolling between pages.
When connected to the Magic Mouse 2, iPads will support scrolling, right-clicking, and scrolling between pages.
Apple built the Magic Keyboard accessory, a smart keyboard for iPad with a trackpad, but that’s limited to 2018 and 2020 iPad Pro models.
The iPad mini has an all-day battery, so it lasts up to 10 hours with its 19.32Wh battery. All Apple iPad models offer the same 10 hours of battery life all day long.
iPad Air charges through the Lightning port on the bottom of the tablet that works with the included Lightning to USB cable and USB power adapter.
The iPad Mini is available with either 64GB ($399) or 256GB ($549) of storage.
Speakers and microphones
There are two speakers on the bottom of the iPad mini for stereo audio along with dual microphones for FaceTime calls.
iPad mini supports 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, and Gigabit LTE. Supports 28 LTE bands, including band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 29, 30, 34 , 38, 39, 40, 41, 46, 66 and 71.
The iPad mini has two SIM card options: a physical nano-SIM card slot on the side of the device and an eSIM, or digital SIM card designed to work without the need for a physical SIM card.
The physical nano-SIM slot supports an Apple SIM that is designed to allow users to switch between carriers without any hassle. Many carriers in the US and other countries support the Apple SIM, but for those who don’t, like Verizon, a physical SIM is still needed.
With an eSIM, customers can subscribe to international data plans when traveling.
How can I buy
The iPad mini can be purchased from the Apple Online Store and Apple retail stores. The 64GB iPad mini is available for $399, while the 256GB model costs $549.
The WiFi and Cellular model with 64GB of storage is priced at $529, while the 256GB WiFi and Cellular model is available for $679.
As of January 2020, Apple is offering discounted iPad mini 5 models from its refurbished store. Availability of capacities and colors varies with available stock.