The iPad mini 5 is Apple’s current 7.9-inch model. The device went on sale last year and since then we’ve been monitoring feedback from people who have picked up the 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 13 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, 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 2020.
Where to Find Feedback
If you’re running into problems on your iPad mini 5, curious about issues impacting other users, or 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 13 right now.
Check it out if you need additional feedback.
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 13 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 is under warranty so they might offer you a replacement if there’s a serious defect.
How to Downgrade the iPad mini 5
Sometimes you will have the option to downgrade your iPad mini 5 from one version of iPadOS 13 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 currently running iPadOS 13.6, you can’t downgrade. Apple’s no longer signing on older versions of iPadOS 13 which is something to keep in mind before you make the move. Once you make the move to iPadOS 13.6 there’s no going back.
If you’re unfamiliar with the downgrade process, our guide to the iPadOS 13 downgrade will walk you through everything you need to know.
If your device is struggling on iPadOS 13.6 you might be on your own for a bit.
Apple hasn’t confirmed a new version of iPadOS 13 so it’s unclear when, or even if, the company will push out new firmware. We could see a new bug fix update in the future, but don’t expect any more milestone upgrades (x.x).
Apple currently working on iPadOS 14 and a pre-release version of the software is currently in beta testing for all iPadOS 13-powered versions of the iPad.
For more on the iPadOS 14 update, the beta, and the release, take a look at our guide.
Install iPadOS 13.7 for Better Security
If you value your security, you'll want to install iPadOS 13.7 in the near future.
iPadOS 13.7 doesn't have any known security patches on board. That said, if you skipped iPadOS 13.6 or an older version of iPadOS, you'll get security patches with your upgrade.
The iPadOS 13.6 update brought more than 20 security patches to the iPad line. That made it an important upgrade for most users. You'll get these patches if you skipped iPadOS 13.6.
If you skipped iPadOS 13.5.1, you get its security patch with your upgrade. It's baked in.
If you skipped iPadOS 13.5, iPadOS 13.7 includes iPadOS 13.5's 41 security patches which you can about on the company's security site.
The list includes patches for the company's Mail app, Wi-Fi, AirDrop, Bluetooth, FaceTime, Messages, and Notifications.
If you skipped Apple's iPadOS 13.4 release, you'll get the update's 28 security patches with your upgrade. You can read about all of them on Apple's website right here.
Reports have outlined a vulnerability in Wi-Fi chips made by Broadcom and Cypress Semiconductor that left billions of devices susceptible to attack.
Dubbed Kr00k, the vulnerability allows nearby attackers to decrypt sensitive information that's relayed over-the-air.
Fortunately, it looks like the issue was patched up with the release of iPadOS 13.2, an update that arrived all the way back in October.
If you're currently running a much older version of iPadOS 13 on your tablet, you'll probably want to update your iPad right now.
If you skipped iPadOS 13.3.1 you'll get its patches with your upgrade. The iPadOS 13.3.1 had 21 new security patches on board. If you want to dig into the specifics, you can do so right here.
If you skipped a previous version of iPadOS 13, you'll get additional security patches with your upgrade to iPadOS 13.7.
If you skipped iPadOS 13.3, you get its 12 security patches with your upgrade. You can read about each one over on Apple's security page.
The iPadOS 13.3 update also added support for NFC, USB, and Lightning FIDO2-compliant security keys in the Safari browser.
If you missed iPadOS 13.2, it had 16 new security patches on board. You can read about them on Apple's security website.
If you missed iPadOS 13.1.1, you get a security patch for a third-party keyboard issue. If you're interested in the particulars, you can read about the patch on Apple's website.
If you passed on installing iPadOS 13.1, you get another patch with your iPadOS 13.7 update. You can learn more about it right here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.1 or any older versions of iOS 12, you'll get their security patches with your iPadOS 13.7 update.
iOS 12.4.1 only had one patch on board, but Apple's iOS 12.4 brought 19 security patches to the iPad line. If you're interested in the specifics, you can read about them on right here.
In addition to those patches, iPadOS 13 itself comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improved anti-tracking features in Safari and the ability to get rid of location metadata in your photos.
You also have the ability to block apps from using Bluetooth and the ability to allow apps to access your location just once.
The operating system will also send you reminders about applications that track your data.
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