Apple recently updated the iPad mini to the fifth generation. Lots of people wrote off this device, suggesting that the company would abandon it. But along with the ipod itouch, these petite iOS products are still popular. I see the iPad mini utilized in retail as point of sale devices, and where I live, itouch new generation ipod can be used to power the portable terminals that Apple Store employees carry around. Both devices are also very popular in warehouses and other industries.

The iPad mini can also be attractive for other uses. For young kids, the smaller tablet is easier to use, and if you commute, the 300 g/0.66 lb. system is almost unnoticeable whenever you add it to your bag of stuff.

With the 2021 update towards the iPad mini , Apple brings the device as much as spec using the current iPad Air, adding a better display and the company’s A12 processor. As a result, the iPad mini is basically a smaller version of the present iPad Air , at a smaller price.

Small is pretty good

It’s easy to appreciate the bigger iPad models because of their large displays, but with the additional size comes extra bulk. The iPad Air weighs 456 g / 1 lb., and also the 12.9″ iPad Pro is a whopping 631 g / 1.39 lb. Naturally, the utilization cases for these devices is very different: the biggest iPad Pro is great if you want to work on complex spreadsheets, or you draw or edit photos. Performing tasks like that on the iPad mini is much more difficult.

iPad mini and 11″ iPad Pro.

But small can be great for lots of people. If you are using an iPad like a consumption device-to read the web, send email, and use simple documents-it’s an excellent little tablet, simple to hold with one hand, and easy to carry around. I especially enjoy it for reading books with Apple’s Books app, or with the Kindle app. It’s like a paperback when compared to hardcover version of the bigger tablets, and when utilizing it to follow along with recipes in the kitchen area, it stays out of the way.

With base storage of 64 GB, as well as an choice of 256 GB, the iPad mini offers enough storage for most of us. You’d only need the 256 GB if you wish to take with you lots of photos, or sync movies or TV shows to the device. Once i set up the brand new iPad mini with some of Apple’s apps , about 15 GB was utilized, leaving plenty of room to include more content.

Apple now has three “non-Pro” iPads. In terms of price, the new iPad mini sits squarely between your sixth-generation iPad and the third-generation iPad Air:

  • iPad: $329
  • iPad mini: $399
  • iPad Air: $499

Size matters

This small, one-handed device is easy to pick up and use, easy to hold, and doesn’t enter your way. However, the primary disadvantage to the iPad mini is iOS itself. Rather than being created specifically to work on the smaller device, it's just scaled down in the larger iPad. This means that reading on the iPad mini isn't necessarily as easy as it could be, especially on webpages. I’d like to see Apple give a specific version of iOS for that iPad mini, being somewhere in between what they use for the iPhone and iPad, so reading could be more comfortable.

When the iPad mini was first released, it was an excellent compromise between the heft of a full-sized iPad and the smaller screen of the iPhone. Since Apple started selling plus-size iPhones, there’s less of a difference, and when you have a sizable phone, it may seem almost as useful as the iPad mini. But if you spend considerable time lamenting the limited screen space on your iPhone, and wish a bit more, the iPad mini may be for you. You can buy a cellular type of the device, with dual-SIM support, for an additional $130, but don’t forget that you can also use the iPhone’s Personal Hotspot feature to share its Internet connection having a Wi-Fi only iPad mini when you’re on the run.

iPad mini and iPhone XS Max.

Some details

The iPad mini includes a headphone jack; remember those? It connects having a Lightning cable-not USB-C, which the iPad Pro line uses. And the display is a huge step up in the previous model: the wider color gamut, laminated display, and True Tone bring this almost as much as Apple’s top specs. The brand new iPad mini will also support the Apple Pencil , and the less expensive Logitech Crayon.

As with previous models, there isn't any Smart Keyboard, but there is a good Cover . You are able to pair a Bluetooth keyboard if required, however, you can’t utilize it easily in your lap having a keyboard, a minimum of using Apple hardware.

Is the iPad mini for you?

The iPad mini isn’t for everybody, but Apple’s updating this device helps to ensure that they have a full-range of tablets covering many sizes, prices, and use cases. If you want a small, light tablet, and don’t need the “pro” specs from the more costly devices, or you simply want an iPad for the young kids, the iPad mini might be best for you.

How can I learn more?

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Header image showing iPad mini with Apple Pencil: screenshot from apple.com/ipad-mini (c)2021 Apple.