iPad Mini 5 unboxing: 4 years in the making!

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:

Who's been waiting with bated breath to snag an iPad Mini that can hang with its big boy siblings?

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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. Cat97

Posts: 1969; 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.

2. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

This is honestly the only comment this article needs.

3. Finalflash

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.

6. matistight

Posts: 1007; Member since: May 13, 2009

I use mine at my work, and it is perfect to let the customer deal with when signing things, showing them products, etc. The 9.7 iPad Air is too much, even though it's still pretty light

9. ph00ny

Posts: 2065; Member since: May 26, 2011

I just want one for gaming and big ones are pita to hold for a long time not to mention the reach it requires. I think mini is a good size for that reason

13. jove39

Posts: 2148; 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.

18. DolmioMan

Posts: 345; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

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.

4. yonith

Posts: 228; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Some people like myself simply want a smaller tablet. I like how light it is. I already bought the new one and am enjoying it. Such butter with the A12 inside. =)

5. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

4 years in the making... same design That's a great deal of effort invested...

11. japkoslav

Posts: 1539; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

I should be 4 weeks, it's a typo.

7. someguy2261

Posts: 259; 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.

16. OneLove123

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

It's the bwaahhh!

8. pt020

Posts: 172; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

It might be better but it looks very old.


Posts: 191; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

this can't be apple's product it has 3.5mm

12. japkoslav

Posts: 1539; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

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.

14. someguy2261

Posts: 259; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

I wonder what the iPad mini design team say to Tim Apple when he asks what you guys came up with. I think they been playing video games all these 4 years.

15. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; 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.

17. OneLove123

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

That’a a fact! iPhone owners does not like changes. That’s why the iPad mini will sell.

19. Godlymansean

Posts: 339; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Wish they updated the design... Like the more compact/smaller tabs, but nogo for me.

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