iPad mini 5 users are complaining about a variety of issues as we push away from the latest iPadOS 15 release.
The iPad mini 5 is Apple’s older 7.9-inch model. The device went on sale in 2019 and since then we’ve been monitoring feedback from people who have picked up 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 2022 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 iPadOS 15 firmware 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 15 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.
Apple’s currently working on its new iPadOS 16 operating system and the software is currently in beta testing ahead of its official release this fall. We expect Apple to push the official version of iPadOS 16 live in October.
If you want to move your iPad off of iPadOS 15, and you can’t wait for the official release, you can download the iPadOS 16 beta onto your device right now.
Install iOS 15.7.9 for Better Security
If security is important to you, you'll want to think about installing Apple's iOS 15.7.9 update right away.
iOS 15.7.9 brings a new security patch to iPhone. It addresses an issue where hackers could gain access via PassKit (Apple Wallet) image. For more information, head over to Apple's website.
As for older updates, iOS 15.7.8 had 10 security patches on board. These patches are essential if you want to keep your device and its data safe from harm. Apple's outlined the changes in detail and they're worth a look.
iOS 15.7.7 brought three security patches to iPhone models lingering on iOS 15. For more about them, head over to Apple's security site.
iOS 15.7.6 had several security updates on board. For more information about those patches, head here.
The iOS 15.7.5 update patched up actively exploited vulnerabilities making it an extremely important upgrade for your iPhone. To learn more about the patches, check out Apple's guide.
iOS 15.7.4 brought important security fixes to older iPhone models as well. If you want to learn more about these changes, check out Apple's guide.
iOS 15.7.3 also brought a batch of security patches to iPhone. You can learn more about these changes right here.
iOS 15.7.2 brought numerous patches along with it. For more about them, head over to Apple's website for more details.
iOS 15.7.1 update brought 17 security patches with it while iOS 15.7 delivered 11 security patches to iPhone. If you want a look at the details, head over to Apple's security site for more information.
If you missed iOS 15.6.1, it had two security patches on board. You can read more about the pair on Apple's website.
If you missed Apple's iOS 15.6 update, it had 30+ security upgrades on board. You can learn more about them right here.
If you missed iOS 15.5 it brought 27 new security patches to the iPhone. You can learn more about these patches over on Apple's security site.
If you missed iOS 15.4.1, it had one new security patch on board. You can read more about it over on Apple's website.
If you missed the iOS 15.4 update, it had a whopping 36 new security patches on board. If you want to learn more about these patches, head on over to Apple's security site for the particulars.
If you missed iOS 15.3.1, it had one security patch on board. For more about it, head over to Apple's security page.
If you missed iOS 15.3, you'll also get its patches with your upgrade. iOS 15.3 brought 10 new security patches to iPhone users. If you're interested in the details, you can read more about them right here.
If you missed iOS 15.2.1, you'll get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about the change over on Apple's website.
If you missed Apple's iOS 15.2 update, you'll get its 30+ security patches with your upgrade. You can read all about them over on the company's security site.
iOS 15.2 also included some important upgrades to privacy. The software brought the company's App Privacy Report to Settings. This lets you see how often your apps have accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts and more during the last seven days. You can also see their network activity.
In addition, iOS 15.2 brought Apple's communication safety features for kids. You'll find these features in the Messages app, in Siri, in Spotlight, and in Search.
If you missed iOS 15.1, iOS 15.7.9 will bring its security patches to your iPhone. You can read more about them on Apple's website.
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.
Apple's updated its website with new information about iOS 15's batch of security patches. The company now says the software patched up an issue that could have exposed a user's private Apple ID information and in-app search history. It also says iOS 15 patched up an issue that allowed apps to override Privacy preferences.
If you skipped iOS 14.8 or any older versions of iOS, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.7.9 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.
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