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 $379 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.
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.
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
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 multiple 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 several more years of software support. That means 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 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.