How long is the iPad mini 4 going to be supported

Jordan246

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Hi I have a question I have a iPad mini 4 that I got last year and I was wondering how long apple is going to support the iPad mini 4 with iOS updates. Please let me know. Thanks
 

Alrescha

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Well, I have the mini 1 which came out Fall 2012. The last update was iOS 9.3.5, Fall 2015. So, roughly 3 years total. The mini 4 should be supported until Fall of 2018.

Of course even 'unsupported', my mini 1 is still working just fine :)

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Hi I have a question I have a iPad mini 4 that I got last year and I was wondering how long apple is going to support the iPad mini 4 with iOS updates. Please let me know. Thanks
No one will know for sure. But I would imagine at least. It still a fairly efficient iPad harnessing more than enough power with iOS 10.
 

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Well, I have the mini 1 which came out Fall 2012. The last update was iOS 9.3.5, Fall 2015. So, roughly 3 years total. The mini 4 should be supported until Fall of 2018.

Of course even 'unsupported', my mini 1 is still working just fine :)

A.
I'd think they'd support it longer than 18 months, considering they just released a new one 4 days ago.
 

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Well, I have the mini 1 which came out Fall 2012. The last update was iOS 9.3.5, Fall 2015. So, roughly 3 years total. The mini 4 should be supported until Fall of 2018.

Of course even 'unsupported', my mini 1 is still working just fine :)

A.
I'd wager longer than 3 years total given that the iPad 2 (2011) just stopped getting the latest OS updates in 2016.
 

rui no onna

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I'd wager longer than 3 years total given that the iPad 2 (2011) just stopped getting the latest OS updates in 2016.
iPhone 6, 6+ and iPad Air 2 were released 2014. That's when the clock started ticking for A8 devices.

Although for the iPad mini it's really from 2012 to 2016 (the iOS 10 release is when they stopped firmware updates) so 4 years.

Mind, I do think we might see longer useful life from A8-based devices. There were some pretty big design and under the hood changes that older processors had difficulty coping with - new GUI, multitasking, etc. I don't think changes will be that drastic going forward.
 

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Mini 2 was released in November 12, 2013, still get latest IOS update. That is almost full 4.5 years from now.
 

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Hi I have a question I have a iPad mini 4 that I got last year and I was wondering how long apple is going to support the iPad mini 4 with iOS updates. Please let me know. Thanks
3-4 years
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No one will know for sure. But I would imagine at least. It still a fairly efficient iPad harnessing more than enough power with iOS 10.
Yet the ui stutters, not a good sign :confused:
 

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I'm using an iPad mini 1 on 9.3.5 and its unable to load more than a single web page etc. It's very much not supported for a reason sadly :-(

I'm borrowing an iPad Air 1 for another few months now and saving up for a Pro but I'm thinking of getting the new w as my iPhone SE performs beautifully and it shares the same engine.
 

rui no onna

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Mini 2 was released in November 12, 2013, still get latest IOS update. That is almost full 4.5 years from now.
One thing to consider, the mini 2 is the only mini that had the latest chipset upon launch. All others had 1-year old chipsets.
 
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Alrescha

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I'd think they'd support it longer than 18 months, considering they just released a new one 4 days ago.
A perfectly reasonable expectation, but I am not sure Apple considers a change in storage capacity grounds to call it 'new'. Most of the original minis were discontinued in 2013, but one size was not discontinued until June 2015. All the same I think 9.3.5 in Fall 2015 was its last update.

As others have right said, we do not really know. I would take my original guess as the most pessimistic - the mini 4 is going to be supported *at least* that long.

A.
 

iOSpecialist

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The iPad mini 4 should definitely receive the iOS 12 update, and maybe iOS 13 if we're lucky.
Which means it should be fully up to date until June 2019, or 2020 if it gets iOS 13 support.
 

Orka

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Hi I have a question I have a iPad mini 4 that I got last year and I was wondering how long apple is going to support the iPad mini 4 with iOS updates. Please let me know. Thanks
it will work like crap on later iOS versions just as usual so you wouldn't even want to update anymore so why do you care?
 
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