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

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Apple’s new iPad mini 5 comes with some solid upgrades 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, you’ve probably heard the news. Apple’s confirmed two brand new tablets including a 10.5-inch iPad Air 3 and a 7.9-inch iPad mini 5. The two models join the iPad Pro on shelves next week.

Apple’s new iPad mini 5 come 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 lines.

There are even some early iPad mini 5 deals that take the price down to an even more affordable level.

The iPad mini 5 arrives on shelves next week, but Apple and its retail partners are taking pre-orders right now ahead of the official street date.

We know some people have waited years for Apple to deliver a new version of its iPad Mini. And with the release date on the horizon, those of you in the market for a new tablet might want to open up your wallet and buy Apple’s new 7.9-inch 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 years (or more) of software support. That means 4+ 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 upgraded hardware will also ensure you get the latest features from Apple. Older devices typically don't get the full version of iOS due to hardware limitations (and marketing purposes). 

The iPad mini 5 gets the full version of iOS 12 and it should get the full version of iOS 13 when it launches in the fall. 

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2 Comments

2 Comments

  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.

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