iPad mini 5 vs. iPad mini 6 – Should You Upgrade?

The introduction of the iPad mini 5 surprised numerous consumers when Apple announced it; now, the tech giant will once again hop to it with the iPad mini 6, in order to keep its millions of customers satisfied.

The iPad mini 6 will get in the hands of awaiting fans soon, and because the popular Apple keeps receiving pretentious reports regarding its devices, we are curious to see just how happy fans will be with the upcoming iPad mini 6.

Here is a shortlist of differences between the iPad mini 5 and the soon-to-be-released iPad mini 6, which will help you decide whether it is a good idea to invest in an upgrade when the time comes, or stay with the iPad mini 5.

iPad mini 5 vs. iPad mini 6

Under the Hood

The iPad mini 5 packs Apple‘s A12 Bionic chip with an M12 coprocessor while the iPad mini 6 will ship with an A13 SoC, which is, according to many, the most powerful chipset currently on the market. Moreover, the iPad mini 6 will perhaps come with a 7nm processor, more likely a more enhanced ‘7nm+’ one, or a ‘7nm Pro,’ which will make it more effective.


When it comes to the iPad mini 5, Apple has incorporated into the device an impressive 8-megapixel camera with ƒ/2.4 aperture, a 7-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, and the Max videorecording that features 1080p HD video recording.

Allegedly, the iPad mini 6’s rear camera will stay the same as the iPad mini 5’s as it won’t be upgraded; therefore, we’ll get a 7-megapixel for the rear lens, and the same 3 GB of RAM the iPad mini 5 packs. The latest speculations indicate that the iPad mini 6 will also feature a Face ID functionality.

Apple Pencil Support

Back in 2018, Apple implemented the first non-iPad Pro tablet that supported Apple Pencil. Then, after a few months, it unveiled the second generation of Apple Pencil for the 2018 iPad Pro series; therefore, because it seems that the new iPad mini won’t be compatible with the second-generation of Apple Pencil, we’ve got both the iPad mini 5 and the iPad mini 6 packing the first-generation of this tool.

iPad mini 6 – Release Date

Unfortunately, iPads do not have the reassuringly regular launch schedule of the iPhones, and the mini series is even more difficult to predict than the rest. However, according to the release dates of the iPad minis, we can speculate that the upcoming device will be here by October 2020. Why? Because here is what the release schedule looked like for the iPad minis:

  • iPad mini: October 2012
  • iPad mini 2: October 2013
  • iPad mini 3: October 2014
  • iPad mini 4: September 2015
  • iPad mini 5: March 2019

The launch dates showcase a massive gap between the last two Apple gadgets. However, we hope that the tech giant won’t wait another three or more years to release the iPad mini 6, as fans are excitedly awaiting its launch.

The Bottom Line

Because there is not much information regarding the iPad mini 6 until now, except for rumors which you cannot take seriously, we are not able to see much about it. However, more details will surely appear sooner or later, but until the upcoming Apple device launches, the iPad mini 5 is a great gadget to use.

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