5 Reasons to Buy the iPad Mini 5 & 6 Reasons Not To
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5 Reasons to Buy the iPad Mini 5 & 6 Reasons Not To



Apple’s iPad mini 5 has a solid list of features and an affordable price point. There are some great reasons to make it your next tablet and there are some great reasons to skip it and go with something else.

If you’re in the hunt for a new tablet in 2021, you’ll want to take a long look at the Apple’s iPad lineup which includes a 7.9-inch iPad mini 5. It’s getting older but the device is still worth a look as we push deeper into the year.

Apple’s newest iPad mini comes in silver, space gray and gold in 64GB and 256GB configurations. The device starts at $399 in the U.S. for the Wi-Fi-only model and $529 in the U.S. for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model making it a cheaper alternative for Apple’s more expensive iPad models.

The iPad mini 5 is available at Apple, but you can also buy it from carriers like Verizon and from retailers like Amazon and Best Buy.

You don’t have to pay full price if you don’t want to. There are some great iPad mini 5 deals that take the price down to an even more affordable price point.

Apple iPad Mini (Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Space Gray (Latest Model)
  • 7.9-inch Retina Display with True Tone and wide Color
  • A12 Bionic chip
  • Touch ID fingerprint sensor
  • 8MP back camera, 7MP FaceTime HD front camera
  • Stereo speakers

We know some people waited years for Apple to deliver a new iPad mini. And with device now on the market, those of you in the hunt for a new tablet might want to open up your wallet and buy Apple’s latest model.

In this guide we’re going to take you through the best reasons to buy the iPad Mini 5. We’re also going to take you through a few reasons to think about skipping the iPad Mini 5 and going with another tablet model today, tomorrow, or sometime in the near future.

Buy for Solid Software Support

Buy for Solid Software Support

If you plan to keep your next iPad for a long time you should consider buying the iPad mini 5

If you're the type of person that likes to hold onto your gadgets for three plus years, buying a model from the current generation has a lot of appeal. 

Apple didn't confirm this with the device, but the iPad mini 5 should get four plus years of software support. That means four plus years of new software features, security patches, and bug fixes. 

While you might be tempted to go with an older (and cheaper) iPad model, support for those devices will end much sooner.

The iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3 didn't get the company's iPadOS 13 update. They'll stay put on iOS 12.

The iPad mini 5 has been upgraded to Apple's new iPadOS 14 operating system. iPadOS 14 is packed to the brim with changes and you can learn more about those right here

The iPad mini 5's upgraded hardware ensures you get the latest features from Apple down the road. Older devices typically don't get the full version of Apple's latest software due to hardware limitations (and marketing purposes). And that's the case with iPadOS 14.

Older devices didn't get the full suite of iPadOS 14 features. 

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  1. nick

    11/22/2018 at 3:21 am

    The iPad Mini 4 (128GB) is on sale now for $250 and might even drop more on Black Friday. I haven’t heard anything about an imminent iPad Mini 5 release other than this story (I suppose a minor spec bump is possible but I think Apple is pretty much set for the Christmas shopping season with their lineup). In any case a Mini 5 would surely cost double the aforementioned sale price or perhaps $399 for a (32/64GB model). If it’s basically a processor bump without major changes then it might be a pass, but a iPad Pro-like redesign would be worth considering. If the latter I wouldn’t expect it until next year.

  2. Javed

    03/22/2019 at 4:23 am

    People buy only for prestige and apple branding, these are overrated.

    • Aisha

      06/11/2019 at 7:53 am

      no not all people, i don’t have an ego problem and only wanna buy them because of the good quality of them they honestly are preferred by many people and if you have a problem then there is something wrong with you not others, okk boo :)

  3. Ari Eru

    07/28/2019 at 5:13 am

    a 6.5″ 16:9 iPhone XS Max screen is different from a 7.9″ 4:3 iPad Mini screen. Even if you have an XS Max, you will still feel significant difference when using an iPad Mini. Trust me!

  4. Virgil

    08/29/2019 at 4:07 am

    On a positive note, the new iPad mini 5’s A12 Bionic chip enabled it to juggle multiple apps simultaneously in our lab. We also enjoyed fluid gameplay while playing Injustice 2. Battery-wise, the iPad Mini 5’s built-in rechargeable power source went beyond expectations. Although Apple promises up to 10 hours of runtime, in our Laptop Mag battery test, it endured at 12 hours and 40 minutes and it is good to know that Walmart is selling them. I will search if they are running any offer at https://walmartone.onl and buy it

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