Update: Apple has revealediPadOS 14, the latest version of its operating system designed for iPads, and has specifically confirmed that the iPad mini (2019) models will receive it. So if you decide to purchase this tablet, know that you will be able to download this software when it is released later in 2020. To find out everything that’s coming, visit ouriPadOS 14 page here.
IPad mini 2019 is the iPad mini 5 you’ve been waiting for from Apple, and it’s everything you wanted – as long as you didn’t want a dramatic upgrade.
It’s Apple’s most satisfying iPad, and proof that things won’t change very much unless there is serious competition for small tablets in 2019.
iPad Mini on Black Friday
If you’re interested in buying an iPad Mini, know that Black Friday on November 13th could bring some discounts on the tablets and their peripherals. It’s not certain, but Apple’s tablets often get price drops on deals like these, so we could see a hearty three-digit sum pulled off the cost of the company’s top older tablet.
The familiar 7.9-inch display feels perfect to hold in one hand and two to operate, just like the iPad mini 4 almost four years ago. Outwardly, almost nothing has improved.
However, under the bright display, Apple has optimized the iPad mini 2019 to work with the first-generation Apple Pencil. It’s so easy to quickly pick up this tablet, open the smart cover and immediately start scribbling some notes. It’s portable and carefree to use and then just toss in a bag.
This pint-sized iPad is also deceptively fast thanks to its iPhone XS-class chipset. The small screen gives it more reading and observation capabilities than writing productivity, but it can handle editing with Adobe Lightroom just as well in terms of performance as the iPad Air 2019.
The battery also impressed us and achieved slightly better results in our tests than the 10 hours of battery life promised by Apple. It’s coupled with fast charging capabilities so you don’t have to wait forever to juice that version of the iPad mini once it’s completely drained.
But it’s also deceptively expensive. It actually costs more than the larger iPad 9.7 due to its superior fully laminated screen, significantly faster chipset, and convenient fast-charging technology. Apple’s “small” is still a medium when it comes to iPad prices.
Its frame-heavy design and lack of support for the second-generation Apple Pencil mean it’s not the scaled-down version of the iPad Pro we were hoping for in 2019. Instead, it’s a small but overdue upgrade that brings the charming iPad mini into the modern age.
iPads traditionally run on the same iOS as iPhones, but in September 2019 Apple released an offshoot of iOS 13 for its tablets called iPadOS.
This new operating system helps transform iPads from large iPhones into impressive Mac-like workstations, with features like gesture controls and improved markups. Everything you need to know about the new operating system can be found in our iPadOS hub.
To update:iPadOS 15comes to the iPad Mini (2019), Apple has confirmed. This operating system update brings changes to multitasking, widgets, the Notes app, and more, and adds an app library.
Price and release date
The iPad mini may be smaller than the competition, but it’s not the cheapest iPad you can buy – that credit goes to the newer iPad 10.2 (2019), which starts at $ 329 / £ 349 / AU $ 529 and often goes up to that is offered cheaper.
The new iPad mini starts at $ 399 / £ 399 / AU $ 599 / AED 1,599 for a 64GB WiFi-only version. The top-end model is much more at $ 679 / £ 669 / AU $ 1,019 / AED 2,729. This version comes with 256 GB of storage and a cellular connection.
Remember, accessories like the Smart Cover and the fast-charging USB-C to Lightning cable will fill your bill, but everything is cheaper than the iPad Air (2019) and significantly cheaper than the iPad Pro 11 and iPad Pro 12.9 .
Design and display
Apple doesn’t have a foldable phone yet, but if it does, we’d hope it folds up into the 2019 iPad mini. We found its 7.9-inch screen the perfect size for carrying the iPad with one hand and reaching our thumb over the entire on-screen keyboard with two hands.
There is very little new here, however, and that leads to two schools of thought about design. The first is the contrary view: Apple hasn’t bothered to change its “bloated older iPhone” design. It’s undeniably out of date. The second way is that Apple didn’t need to change it.
People love the iPad mini series, and for good reason. It is light at 300 g (0.66 pounds) and perfectly portable, so it can be easily tossed into a bag with little care. You can take it with you almost anywhere, which is sometimes the opposite of the iPad Pro 12.9.
But the ‘iPad Pro mini’ is not, and that opens up this tablet to good, bad and ugly attributes: The age-old 3.5 mm headphone jack and the reliable Touch ID home button remain (good), only those the less refined first-generation Apple Pencil is compatible (bad), and the bezels remain thick around the screen (ugly).
It has a bright, fully laminated retina display, just like the iPad mini 4. From a technical point of view, this means that the protective glass is extremely thin and the screen digitizer is pressed against it, in contrast to the thicker glass and the resulting gap on the iPad 9.7- Screen. And from a practical point of view, it means that drawing with the Apple Pencil feels more natural than drawing directly on the screen.
New in the iPad mini series is a wide P3 color space for displaying more color shades and the True Tone display technology. True Tone adjusted the white balance to suit our surroundings so the screen was bluer outside in the park and we saw a faint yellow tinge as we transitioned into the TechRadar office, which was more pleasing to our eyes.
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