2019 Ipad Mini's. What do you want from them?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Yourbigpalal83, Mar 10, 2019.

  1. Yourbigpalal83 macrumors regular

    May 22, 2015
    Me...having the 12.9 pro, (i love it, but it is never leaving my desk due to the bending issue, plus to me its just too dam big not to be used in anything other then a laptop type of configuration which i will be doing the moment my Brydge Keyboard for it is out)

    But i want a more portable ipad for on the go for taking notes and flying my drone, so im deff looking forward to the rumored Ipad Mini 5.

    If its the same form factor with just a upgraded processor and has pencil support, then its a done deal especially if i can get a 128 gig cell version for under 500 dollars...

    HOWEVER if it doesn't have pencil support to me thats a huge deal breaker, because then i could just use my current iphone (xs Mas) for all the same functionality.

    I want a device i can keep in a large vest pocket, pull out to make quick sketches and notes, and slap into my drone controller to fly a drone with and i'm really hoping apple can do that.

    What do you want from the rumored mini 5?
  2. sinoka56 macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2013
  3. dcpmark macrumors 6502a

    Oct 20, 2009
    I carry a cellular Mini 4 wherever I go, use it for everything except phone calls, and for me all I want is upgraded internals. I don’t even need it.....my Mini 4 still works great....but a new Mini guarantees my favorite form factor will be supported for years to come.

    What I DON’T want is a screen that is worse than my Mini 4, so I’m holding my breath until the new Mini arrives.
  4. kazmac macrumors 604


    Mar 24, 2010
    On the silver scream
    Same chassis and display as iPM 4, headphone jack, 3gb ram, pencil support.
  5. LibbyLA macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2017
    Much faster photo import speed. If the iP Mini 5 isn’t significantly faster than the Mini 4, I probably won’t get it.
  6. jacenskylo macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2017
    A10 chip, 2gb ram, 256gb storage and Apple Pencil support and I’ll be happy.
  7. IJBrekke macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2009
    Long Beach, CA
    Echoing the common narrative in here - internal upgrades are all that’s really needed, the chassis can stay the same. Pencil support is welcome and would get used but isn’t a dealbreaker.
  8. RickTaylor macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2013
    Upgraded processor and perhaps ram would be plenty, so long as it keeps it's current form factor. I'd prefer it if they kept a laminated screen. Longer battery life would be nice, though I know that may conflict with keeping it thin. I don't need a pencil; when I want to write I use my 12.9 iPad. I love the mini form factor, and just want it to last a few years longer.
  9. AutomaticApple, Mar 10, 2019
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2019

    AutomaticApple macrumors 6502


    Nov 28, 2018
    An A11 chip, a headphone jack, a 256GB storage option, Apple Pencil support, 2 or 3GB RAM, improved battery life, a laminated screen, keep it thin or make it thinner if possible, a lighter form factor, and that’s just about it. I could probably think of more things I’d want in the iPad Mini 5, but I’m too tired.
  10. serialiphoneuser macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2016
  11. Ladybug macrumors 68000


    Apr 13, 2006
  12. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    Can’t say what I want since I’m not actually planning on getting one, but I’ll tell you what I expect:

    Basically the specs of the current 6th Gen iPad in the body of the current Mini 4.
  13. HarryWild macrumors 65816


    Oct 27, 2012
    Don’t care about the SoC but 4 or 5 GB of RAM to speed up the Mini! It the RAM that make the iPads run faster, not the clock speed! Not doing calculations using a Mini!
  14. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    There is no chance of 4 or 5 GB of RAM on the Mini 5. If I’m wrong, I’ll buy you one!

    And unless I’m mistaken, the RAM mainly facilitates multitasking and background apps/tabs. The processor is what facilitates speed. You can compare any number of iOS devices with the same amount of RAM to see. For instance, the iPhone 6s, 7, and 8, and iPad Air 2, Mini 4, 5th and 6th Gen, and 1st Gen 9.7” Pro all have 2 GB of RAM. Do all these devices spanning about 4 years of releases have the same performance? No, because of their different processors.
  15. *~Kim~* macrumors 6502

    May 6, 2013
    A choice of storage options, since the 128GB is overkill for my use. The later the processor the better. I'd rather an A11 and no pencil than A10 and pencil. Coming from an iPad 3 I'd guess that an unlaminated display wouldn't bother me either.

    3GB ram since the 4 has 2GB and is 3 and a half years old.
  16. SSD-GUY macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2012
    London, UK
    Apple Pencil support, upgraded CPU (iPad Pro 10.5 processor would be anazing), 3GB ram, same display as the Mini 3 (I.e laminated). I don’t think they’ll throw in 120hz refresh rate as that’s more for the iPad Pro line.

    There was a story/rumour on here that Apple May even have a Smart Keyboard for the mini. That’s not a dealbreaker for me, as I’m mainly after the mini for note taking at work, process mapping, showing marvel screens etc, and then using it for my commute home for Netflix, light gaming.
  17. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    I could be wrong but I feel like those expecting more than 2GB of RAM are going to be disappointed.
  18. SSD-GUY macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2012
    London, UK
    I hope not. Just future proofing.
  19. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    Future proofing...
    There’s no such thing, really. iOS devices generally hold up really well over time. iPads with 1GB of RAM like the iPad Air from 2013 still run iOS very well. Better specs are always a good thing of course, but even if the new Mini has the specs of last year’s iPad like I suspect it will still be good for some years to come.
  20. SSD-GUY macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2012
    London, UK
    I think we can still future proof iOS devices. Whilst I agree CPU/GPU processing on iOS devices can withstand the tests of future iOS versions, RAM (or lack of) is more susceptible to rendering a device obsolete. Therefore, 3GB should really be the minimum nowadays to ensure that the iOS versions 2 or 3 iterations from now run efficiently. 2GB is pretty much the minimum nowadays.
  21. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    Except for the devices that are still supported and running on 1GB.
    2 GB will probably be fine for at least a few more years considering that such devices came out as recently as last year, and if I'm right in my guess, this year as well.
  22. secretk macrumors 6502

    Oct 19, 2018
    Maybe the truth is in the middle. Devices with 2 GB are still sold indeed and they can work for the most part, but at least for me the lack of RAM is apparent. Both for my regular 2018 iPad and my iPhone 8. Both reload tabs in Safari and apps quite often. Also quite often there are unresponsive apps. With the iPad the unresponsive apps are Files and Notes. With the iPhone so far I have seen glitches with the camera (just switches between whole blur and clear picture and cannot capture pictures), settings (gets unresponsive) and the files app. Both devices are quite new and I have no games installed on them. The iPhone is just 2 weeks old and the iPad is 6 months old.

    Now do not get me wrong. Not everyone will encounter those glitches but I do often enough. I am not sure that the Camera bug is RAM related (more like software related IMO) but the unresponsive apps most probably are.
  23. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    I can only speak for myself and say that I’ve experienced no such issues on my 2018 iPad. It’s performed much the same as my iPhone 8 Plus which has 3 GB of RAM. I generally don’t surf with more than 3 or 4 tabs open though.
  24. Falhófnir macrumors 68030


    Aug 19, 2017
    I would agree, but the iPhone XR got 3GB despite not having a dual camera (which was supposedly why the iPhone 7 plus and 8 plus had 3GB while the non plus versions of those phones had 2). This leads me to believe Apple is going to move the bar up to 3GB for new devices, and it's entirely possible iOS 13 will drop all remaining 1GB devices.
  25. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    That’s a good point about the XR. I hadn’t considered that.

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