I’m in no rush to carry around 2 Apple Pencils, 2 different charging cables nor have a home button. Unfortunately the iPad mini 5 isnt for me. I was hoping to buy the new mini to supplement my 2018 12.9 pro. I sold my original Apple Pencil when I sold my first gen pro. I’d have to buy an over 3 year old gen one Apple Pencil for the new mini. Makes no sense. I’m not saying the new mini is bad, it’s not. However, if you’ve bought into the pro line then the new mini seems to be a step backwards.
Pretty much my thoughts. I love my 11” ipad pro & apple pencil 2. I do also do own a 5 yr old ipad mini 2 however. Big fan of the form factor, and it compliments my ipad pro nicely. I take it out when i wanna go fast & light. But it’s really showing it’s age. Was hoping the mini would get the pro redesign & apple pencil 2 support, but honestly thought what most people did...that it would get a downgraded unlaminated screen, a slight chip upgrade to a 10 and no pencil support at all.
Surprisingly Apple did something in the middle of that. Better screen, MUCH faster processor in the 12 & pencil support in the same form factor. If it wasn’t for the lack of apple pencil 2 support, i wouldnt hesitate.
But I am kinda in a quandry. Do i stick it out with my mini 2 which has a cracked screen & broken home button and hope it lasts until Apple does redesign the mini? Or do I just buy the mini 5 now? There really is no gaurantee that Apple will ever update the mini again. It could be another 3 years or never. Who knows?
I would love to be able to use the apple pencil 2 with the new mini since i already own one. Would be so convenient. But thats not gonna happen at all if ever. If Apple does plan to redesign the mini, i don’t think they’ll do it until the pros get an OLED screen. Probably in another 2 years?
Anyway...it is what it is. Gonna wait a bit longer, but will probably cave and buy it since my mini 2 is about to croak.