iPad Mini 5 unboxing: 4 years in the making!
by Corey Gaskin / Mar 28, 2019, 4:56 PM
It's been almost four full years since the iPad Mini has been updated; technology, especially Apple's, has changed quite significantly since then. There were even some moments we thought we might not see another iPad Mini, but alas here we are looking at the fifth-generation, 2019 iPad Mini.
It doesn't look much different -- at all -- but it is, after all, a 7.9-inch tablet; no one is expecting revolutionary changes there. What really has piqued people's interest is the new A12 chip inside which is a substantial upgrade from the A8 powering its predecessor. Apple even advertises editing videos on the newest iPad Mini, which may also be aided by the newly-added support for the Apple Pencil. The display also has some key upgrades with True Tone technology, wide color gamut (DCI-P3), and 1.8% reflectivity.
We unboxed this perennially popular tablet to give you our first up-close look at these refinements.
In the box:
- Apple iPad Mini (2019)
- USB Lightning Cable
- USB Power Adapter
- Quick Start and Safety Guides
Who's been waiting with bated breath to snag an iPad Mini that can hang with its big boy siblings?
Posts: 1858; Member since: Mar 02, 2017
I really can't see a market for this. The bigger iPad models already sell poorly, the smaller ones are replaced by smartphones even more, there really is no business case for the iPad Mini. Especially with that ancient design, huge bezels and small screen. The only interesting "new" iPad is the $329 last year's iPad, one of the very few Apple products offering truly good value.
posted on Mar 28, 2019, 6:32 PM 12
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This is honestly the only comment this article needs.
posted on Mar 28, 2019, 6:59 PM 3
Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013
It is basically the "throw everything at the wall and see what sticks" model of business that Apple used to hate but has become increasingly used to lately. They just want to inflate device numbers any way possible because any amount of decline may trigger stock sell offs, and Tim is not having any of that.
posted on Mar 28, 2019, 7:57 PM 5
Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011
According to Apple, people kept on buying these mini iPads that’s why they decided to refresh it. Apparently apple also thought that with bigger iPhones there is no room in market for smaller iPad. So they sentenced it to a slow death.
posted on Mar 29, 2019, 6:13 AM 0
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I’d have thought Apple would have enough market research to get them interested in updating them. They’re not exactly the company to update something for the sake of it, if it wasn’t selling then they’d just kill it off, that probably means people have been buying woefully outdated iPad minis up until it was refreshed.
posted on Mar 29, 2019, 8:11 AM 0
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4 years in the making... same design That's a great deal of effort invested...
posted on Mar 28, 2019, 8:52 PM 13
Posts: 253; Member since: Feb 12, 2016
This is truly innovating , Apple has done it again. Brilliant. Same device for like 10 years and people still paying top dollar. Truly brilliant I don't know how they do it.
posted on Mar 28, 2019, 9:10 PM 8
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I can see new iPad Mini and Air taking a huge bite of iPad Pro market. In one corner you have good contruction, abysmal speakers, good screen, fingerprint reader, headphone jack, stylus support and on the other hand we have poorly made construction, great speakers, a bit better screen, no FPS, no headphone jack ... so the reason to get iPad Pro right now are better speakers ... that's really poor trade off. Hopefully 11/2019 we will see new iPad Pro, that can actualy compete with iPad Air. Seriously Apple just made iPad Pros 99,9% obsolete.
posted on Mar 29, 2019, 5:50 AM 0
Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 28, 2013
It's been 4 years, and this is what Apple comes up with? Steve job is probably rolling in his graves. Apple might aswell upgrade their phones every 4 years, since the fanboys would buy it anyway.
posted on Mar 29, 2019, 7:00 AM 3
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