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Rumors of an iPad Mini 5 have been circulating for years, but now is the first time we’ve seen the company update its miniature iPad line since 2015.

If you’re a fan of the 7.9-inch screen tablet from Apple, you’re going to be overjoyed with the top-end spec that the company has included on its latest small screen slate.

Launched alongside the new iPad Air, the company has included some features usually reserved for the premium tablets on the market and included it on a smaller device.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? Apple’s latest small screen tablet
  • When is it out? Announced March 18, out week starting March 25
  • What will it cost? Starts at $399 / £399 / AU$599

New iPad Mini release date

The new iPad Mini was announced on March 18, 2019 and you can pre-order it right now. You won’t be able to use it until some point “next week”, according to Apple.

We take that to mean any point between March 25 and March 29. Considering the company’s usual tendency to release its products on a Friday, we’d expect you to be able to pick it up from a store or find it delivered to your house come March 29.

New iPad Mini price

The iPad Mini may be smaller than the competition, but it’s not the cheapest iPad you can buy – that honor goes to the iPad 9.7 (2018) that starts at $329 (£319, AU$469).

The new iPad Mini starts at $399 / £399 / AU$599 / AED 1,599 for a 64GB Wi-Fi only version. The top-end model is quite a lot more at $679 / £669 / AU$1019 / AED 2,729, which comes with 256GB of storage and a cellular connection.

New iPad Mini design

If you’ve used an iPad Mini before, you’ll know a lot of how the design works here. It’s a similar size to previous models at 203 x 135 x 6.1mm. If you’re opting for the Wi-Fi only model you’ll find it weighs 300g, and it’s up to 308g for the cellular version.

There’s a relatively thick bezel around the outside of the display – unlike on the latest iPad Pro range – so the company has found space to include a Touch ID fingerprint scanner and a selfie camera too.

There’s no Face ID unlocking here, so instead you’ll be using your finger or thumb to unlock it if you want biometric security.

At the bottom edge of the tablet you’ll find two speakers – these are stereo – and between them is a Lightning cable connector for data transfer and charging up your tablet’s battery.

That’s notable as the company used a USB-C connector for the latest series of iPad Pro models. On the right hand edge, you’ll find volume buttons and a SIM tray is you’ve gone for a cellular version of the tablet.

You’ve got three colors to choose from for the new iPad Mini; Silver, Space Gray and Gold.

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Overall, if you’re looking for a smaller tablet from Apple this is going to be the choice for you. The design is relatively similar to what you got with the iPad Mini 4, but when you dive into its features you’ll find a very different tablet.

New iPad Mini screen

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It’s a miniature iPad, so you’re getting a smaller screen than the company’s offers on its Pro line up of slates. It’s a 7.9-inch Retina display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536.

It’s a True Tone display that has 500 nits when it comes to brightness. It should be a screen that rivals the likes of the other iPads in Apple’s range, especially considering it has 326 pixels per inch.

The tablet also supports Apple’s stylus, and this is the first small screen tablet from the company to do that. It’ll only support the original Apple Pencil, and not the company’s latest wireless charging stylus.

New iPad Mini camera and battery

The new iPad Mini comes with an 8MP f/2.4 aperture rear camera while the front camera is a little less high spec with a 7MP f/2.2 rating.

We don’t yet know the exact battery size. Apple never usually unveils these specs, and instead we know the company thinks it’ll last 10 hours of “surfing the web on Wi‑Fi, watching video, or listening to music”.

We won’t know what size cell the company has opted for until someone manages to get a hold of one of these and breaks it open to see what’s inside.

New iPad Mini OS and power

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This comes running iOS 12 software right out of the box, and we can almost gurantee it’ll support iOS 13 when it launches later in 2019.

You should get continued support for Apple updates over the next couple of years, if the company sticks to its normal release routine. You’ll also be able to use the Apple Pencil with a variety of apps you can directly download from the App Store, which is something unavailable on previous iPad Mini models.

The chipset that’s powering the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR is also inside here. It’s called the A12 Bionic chip, and it’s sure to offer top-end power that will be far more impressive than the iPad 9.7 from last year.

We don’t know how much RAM features in the iPad Mini, but we’ll be sure to update here when we find out how much is inside.

In terms of storage, you’ll have the choice of either 64GB or 256GB. Apple doesn’t offer microSD support so whatever you choose here you’ll be stuck with it.  There are both Wi-Fi only models and cellular versions of the iPad Mini to choose from too.

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