Apple iPad mini 2019 brings powerful A12 processor and Pencil support in a retro package

Apple iPad mini 2019 brings powerful A12 processor and Pencil support in a retro package
Just as expected, Apple took to the airwaves and announced two new Ipads without great fanfare in the form of a press release. Besides the new iPad Air, the big news is the resurrection of the iPad mini line with the 5th generation of Apple's venerable tiny tablet making a cameo just in time for the new streaming service. Both sport Apple Pencil support this time around, albeit of the first generation, and are with souped-up internals. Here's the mini scoop.

Apple iPad mini 5 design and display specs

The iPad mini 5th gen isn't drastically different than its last iteration that came out way back in 2015. Don't expect Face ID, quad speaker systems or anything of the sort, and the outer dimensions have stayed absolutely the same which the nostalgic amongst Apple fans may appreciate more. There's Touch ID on board, of course, and a dual speaker system.

The IPS display has retained its 7.9" diagonal and 2048‑by‑1536 resolution with 326 ppi, but has gained wide color (DCI-P3 gamut) support and Apple's True Tone technology for keeping the white balance of the display the same in appearance to the user, regardless of the ambient light around the screen.

Apple iPad mini 5 processor and memory

Needless to say, just like the newly-announced iPad Air, the Mini is also powered by Apple's newest A12 processor that has proven to return some industry-topping benchmarks that can only be beaten by its souped-up A12X version in the Pro models. As usual, Apple only writes "A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine," instead of detailing clock speeds and RAM amounts, but judging from our benchmark tests, the chipset in the iPad mini won't have you wanting more for at least the next two years or so. The iPad mini 5 starts with 64GB of storage and has another model that offers 256GB out of the box.

Apple iPad mini 5 cameras and Pencil support

The new mini comes with 8MP rear camera, like its predecessor, but the front selfie-taker has been given a significant upgrade in resolution to a 7MP FaceTime HD camera. Besides the internals brought in line with the rest of its 2018 gang, Apple is adding extra value by introducing a Pencil stylus support. The first-generation Apple Pencil can now be used on the new iPad mini's wide-color screen for doodling, highlighting and other stylus tasks. Needless to say, the Pencil doesn't come with the iPad, and is available as a separate $99 purchase if you so desire.

Apple iPad mini 5 price and release date

The iPad mini 2019 will run you $399 in the most basic Wi-Fi-only version with 64 GB storage, while the Wi-Fi + Cellular model takes off from $529. The 256-gigger is $549 is you are only going to access the web via Wi-fi, but if you want cellular connectivity, it will run you the respectable $579. Both iPads are available for immediate purchase, and the iPad mini 2019 can be ordered in Gold, Silver and Space Gray. 

Initial availability will be in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UAE, UK and the US, while China, Mexico, Colombia, Greece, India, Israel, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey and others, will be getting it a later day which is yet to be announced by Apple.

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iPad mini (2019)
  • Display 7.9" 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Octa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 5058 mAh



1. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Seems like a spare parts update for the mini. Should have at least went with the 2nd gen pencil.

20. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

What do you expect from Apple. They are staying true to their form. They put investors and profits ahead of their customers. Customers come last with Apple. They put lighting on the new iPad Air's and mini's. It actually cost less than a buck for Apple to license USB-C from Intel. Yet the iPad pros have USB-C, and the Macs have USB-C as well. But we know why Apple did it. Its because if Apple put USB-C on these iPads, then Apples only other lightning devices would be their iPhones. But it doesn't stop there, no of course not, because Apple wants to still make money off of its proprietary lightning accessories. Even though the world, including Apple knows that their lightning ports and cables are inferior to USB-C.

2. bucknassty

Posts: 1365; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

wtf... rehashed an OLD ass design... and ya'll call it nostalgic???? bruh this is borderline idiocy ... you would beat the hell outta any other manufacture for regurgitating a design this many years old!!!!!!!!!!!!

6. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Its a testament of a great design, just like the notch.

7. bucknassty

Posts: 1365; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

if i rolled my eyes any farther they would be looking in 2014

14. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Until and unless it’s Apple you can expect such lines from PA.

3. libra89

Posts: 2310; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I think I want this. The iPad mini 4 was something I wanted but those specs are old so nah. I just needed an update in specs.

4. Juarizs

Posts: 48; Member since: Jan 22, 2019

Agreed, the mini 4 just needed updated specs. My mini 2 is getting slower, atleast it's still getting updates!

5. Cat97

Posts: 1969; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Those huge bezels...not sure if that screen is actually bigger than some phones. And all of that for "only" $399 ? Pass...

10. midan

Posts: 3097; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

It's lot bigger..

8. Vyshak75

Posts: 81; Member since: Mar 03, 2016

So when apple updated the ipad mini with the same design with huge bezel, it's nostalgic. When some other company do this, it's so Outdated

9. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

It's just modern Apple - this won't be popular because it's an old design, then they'll say no-one wants small tablets any more...

12. vgking9699

Posts: 205; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

It will actually be very popular Specs are more important than updating the outside design just cuz

11. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

To the people complaining about Apple not updating the design, think about the face that Apple is really into recycling and take a look at the iPhone SE (iPhone 6s internals in a 5s body). Why redesign something when you already have everything needed to build it already made?

13. bucknassty

Posts: 1365; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

cover it how you want... ridiculous price for recycling

15. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

This is one of the best tablets on the market and it costs $400. Name a single non-Apple tablet in that price range worth it more than this.

24. bibooloo

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Mi Pad 4 $220

16. eelpout

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 13, 2016

Huawei MediaPad M5 8. best thing I've found to be a replacement for the Nexus 7. around $320.

17. jjface

Posts: 256; Member since: Jun 07, 2017

The pencil support is the best thing about this refresh. yes it isn't 2nd gen but better than nothing. There are practically zero tablets left at this size with proper stylus support. I for one have been waiting for something like this. Yes it has an old design but I like the home button. And yes nothing really has changed other than the processor but that is a big step up from the ipad 4 mini.

19. libra89

Posts: 2310; Member since: Apr 15, 2016


18. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

This is why this website is called PhoneArena by some of us. Really? I can't see 1 line of criticism from the writer of this article despite acknowledging Apple regurgitated a design from what 2014/15?! I read each line hoping surely they won't let Apple just pass on this & alas! Not 1 criticism!

21. xperian

Posts: 421; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Good thing they kept the bezels. The new pros seem really uncomfortable.

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