Much like the new Air, the new mini didn't receive other noticeable design updates-it still has chunky top and bottom bezels as well as the physical Home button. Like the iPad Air, the mini only supports the first-generation Pencil, not the second, but thanks to its extreme portability, the new mini combined with the Pencil can be a powerful pairing as a digital notebook.
The 7.9-inch iPad mini 5 is a serious upgrade that also features the A12 Bionic chip. The iPad Air's screen has been increased from 9.7in to 10.5in on the diagonal, making it larger than the standard, cheaper iPad launched in March 2018. "That display supports most modern Apple technologies like True Tone and P3 wide color, but notably it does not include ProMotion - a regression compared to the 10.5" iPad Pro.
"iPad continues to provide magical new experiences for a growing range of uses where it is the absolute best device", said Phil Schiller, Apple's senior VP of worldwide marketing. Its Apple Pencil support is also limited to the first-generation Pencil; you can not use the improved second-generation Pencil with the iPad Air. Prices for iPad mini start at $399/£399 for the Wi-Fi model and $529/£519 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular version. These new tablets are variations of the 2018 iPad Pro models featuring older iPad designs, which makes them a lot more affordable than Apple's current crop of iPad Pro tablets.
Apple iPad mini 2019 brings powerful A12 processor and Pencil support in a retro package
Be warned; these models only support the original Apple Pencil and won't be compatible with last year's stylus that came with wireless charging - which is understandable when you see the rounded edges.
Also like the iPad Air, the iPad mini now boasts an A12 chip, which is an enormous upgrade over the iPad mini 4's A8. Wide color support is 25 percent brighter, Apple says, and the device has the highest pixel density of any iPad. The Wi-Fi model of the iPad mini will cost you $399 for the 64GB variant and $549 for the 256GB version. Those prices are for 64GB of internal storage - upgrading to 256GB adds £150/$150 to both prices.
Now that you are aware of the more important differences between the two iPad models, which one do you think you'll get?
Apple has updated its long-in-the-tooth but popular smallest tablet, the iPad Mini, and the larger iPad Air. Wi-Fi-only versions and models with 4G connectivity in are available, in silver, space grey or gold.