The iPad mini 5 is Apple’s current 7.9-inch model. The device went on sale in 2019 and since then we’ve been monitoring feedback from people who bought Apple’s slate.
A lot of the feedback has been great. However, we’ve also seen complaints about the iPad mini 5’s hardware and the iPadOS software it’s currently running.
In this guide we’ll take you through the most common problems plaguing Apple’s iPad mini 5. We’ll also provide you with some tips and resources that should come in handy if you start noticing bugs and performance issues on your device.
iPad mini 5 Problems
Some iPad mini 5 users are running into problems. And while some of these issues are minor bugs, others are far more problematic.
We’re seeing complaints about iCloud Restore problems. This is also a common issue with new devices and it can be rather tricky to fix. If you run into issues restoring from iCloud, head here for a few potential fixes.
If you’re unable to activate your iPad mini 5, check Apple’s System Status page and see if “iOS Device Activation” is green. If it’s not green, you’ll want to wait until it’s green and then try again.
If it’s green and you still can’t activate, make sure you have a SIM card in your device. If you’re getting a “No Sim” or “Invalid SIM” error head here for help.
In addition to those problems, we’re seeing complaints about abnormal amounts of yellow tint, animations stuttering, connectivity issues (Wi-Fi, LTE, Bluetooth), Touch ID issues, battery life issues, problems with various apps, sound problems, and an assortment of other issues.
We expect the list to grow as more people adopt the iPad mini 5 in 2021 and beyond.
Where to Find Feedback
If you’re running into problems on your iPad mini 5, curious about issues impacting other users, or if you’re thinking about buying one, you’ll want to dig into feedback. There are a few places to do that.
We’ve also put together a guide that will take you through the best reasons to, and not to, install the latest version of iPadOS 14 right now. Check it out if you need additional feedback.
If you’ve upgraded to iPadOS 15, check out our guide outlining the changes on board the latest version.
How to Fix iPad mini 5 Problems
If you start noticing issues on your tablet don’t make an appointment yet. There’s a good chance you’ll be able to fix the issue on your own in minutes.
First, you’ll want to take a look at our list of fixes for the most common iPadOS problems. It covers Wi-Fi issues, Bluetooth problems, and many others.
If you can’t find a fix for your problem in one of those guides, head on over to Apple’s discussion forums for potential fixes. The users there are generally very helpful.
Your iPad mini 5 may be under warranty so they might offer you a replacement if there’s a serious defect.
How to Downgrade Your iPad mini 5’s Software
Sometimes you will have the option to downgrade your iPad mini 5 from one version of iPadOS to another. This is useful if you can’t find a fix and can’t wait for Apple to fix your issues.
If you’re unfamiliar with the downgrade process, our guide to the iPadOS downgrade will walk you through everything you need to know.
It’s unclear when the next version of iPadOS will roll out.
Apple’s confirmed a new version of iPadOS 15 and iPadOS 15.2 is in beta testing ahead of its public release. iPadOS 15.2 should roll out sometime in November or December.
If your problems are really bad, you can try downloading the iPadOS 15.2 beta onto your iPad mini 6 right now and see if it helps improve performance.
Apple will also continue to release new iPadOS 14 software though we expect the software to focus on security issues rather than bugs and performance issues.
Install iOS 15.1.1/iOS 15.1 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing Apple's iOS 15.1 update right away.
iOS 15.1 has important security patches on board and they'll help protect your phone. You can read more about them on Apple's website.
Apple's iOS 15.1.1 update for iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 doesn't come with any known security upgrades on board. That said, if you missed iOS 15.1, you'll get its security patches when you move your iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 to iOS 15.1.1.
If you missed iOS 15.0.2 you'll also get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about it right here.
iOS 15.0 also brought numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you'll be moving up from iOS 14 and you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's security website.
If you skipped iOS 14.8 or any older versions of iOS, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.1.1/iOS 15.1 update as well.
In addition to those patches, iOS 15 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Siri. Requests made to Siri are now processed on the device itself using Neural Engine. This makes it more secure.
If you're an Apple Card user, you'll now get a security code that changes regularly to use when you make online transactions.
Apple's also included a built-in authenticator that's similar to Google Authenticator. This will let you generate verification codes for enhanced sign-in security under your Passwords.
There's also a Mail feature that hides your IP address. The company will add a new App Privacy report feature in the next version of iOS 15 that will tell you when an app has accessed sensitive information.
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