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The updated iPad mini 5 was announced via press release in March 2019. While it shares a nearly identical design with its predecessor, its renewed features and chipset completely revamp its use case. Acting as an ultraportable art station or note taking tablet, the iPad mini now fits into more users lives. The iPad Mini 5 runs iPadOS, which means you get all the features and apps you've come to expect from an iPad.

Which Apple Pencil works with iPad mini 5?

The iPad mini 5 has support for the first generation Apple Pencil. A long awaited feature for those who love the iPad mini, it works as expected if you've used the Pencil on other devices. Charges via lightning, since there were no new design changes to allow for the magnetic charging mount used by the second generation Apple Pencil.

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iPad mini 5 Display

The iPad Mini 5 has a 500 nit display with support for the P3 color gamut and True Tone. It is 7.9-inches across, and is 2048 x 1536 resolution at 326 PPI. The screen is also laminated, which allows the content to feel closer to the surface of the screen. These features are ideal for drawing with Apple Pencil. 


Appleinsider reviewed the iPad mini 5 and rated it 4.5 out of 5.

Which processor does the iPad mini 5 have?

Apple included its newest iPhone chipset, of the time, in the iPad mini 5. The A12 Bionic is no slouch and is a huge jump from its previous A8 chipset. This means better responsiveness and faster loading across the device. The processor with 3 GB of RAM means it is the perfect device for on the go gaming or light image editing.


Appleinsider played Fortnite at 60fps and the tiny tablet performed great!

Cameras and Audio

The rear camera is 8MP and is capable of capturing Live Photos in wide color. The front facing camera was upgraded this generation to 7MP and allows for 1080P FaceTime and video. The mics haven't changed, but have moved position, which means that you'll need a new case if you don't want to obscure the mics.

Options and pricing

You can purchase the iPad mini 5 in three colors; space gray, silver, and gold. It is configurable to have 64GB or 256GB of storage and a cellular option can be added. The iPad mini is priced at $399 or $549 respectively. Add $130 to the total if you want to add cellular to either option. The iPad mini 5 is often seen on sale.

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