Apple announced the new Apple iPad mini 2019 model today, the first refresh of Apple’s 7.9-inch iPad mini since 2015, and it now packs some serious punch again. The new iPad mini release date is March 26:
First of all it’s powered by the hexa-core A12 chipset, which makes it a powerful small tablet and up to 3 times faster than its predecessor on the processor side, and up to 9 times faster on the graphics side. Another main change is that it has been modernized to support the Apple Pencil digitizer, definitely a welcome feature for Apple users. Storage options are either 64GB or 256GB, with color options being space grey, silver, or champagne gold.
The price for the new iPad mini 5 or 2019-2020-2021 model, is $399 with 64GB, $549 with 256GB, and then another $130 on top of that if you want the 4G LTE version of these iPad minis.
The retina resolution of the screen is the same as before, with the great 2048 x 1536 resolution display now with 500 nits brightness. The new iPad mini is still 6.1mm thick, so the cases and covers for the older iPad min should still fit. With new tech, the weight has gone up by 2.5 grams, to 300.5 grams for the Wi-Fi model. So naturally this is a very light tablet.
iPad mini 5 retains the home button/Touch ID fingerprint reader, and sees a bump up to a 7MP front camera, with a 8MP rear camera supporting Full HD and 120 fps slow motion recording.
Other specs includes stereo speakers, dual mics, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi cover, Bluetooth 5.0, eSIM for the 4G LTE model, a lightning connector, and it still features a 10 hour battery life.
Apple doesn’t reveal how many GB of RAM their devices have by themselves, so until the checks have been ran on them, it looks like the iPad mini has 3GB of RAM on the 64GB model, so it would probably achieve Geekbench benchmark scores of 4800 in single-core, and 11400 in multi-core scores. Which should be more than enough for this little workhorse.
– Tom Bowen