in short, iOS 12 gave my iPad mini 2 a new life. It’s quite amazing what Apple has done for the 5 year old tablet. I was giving up on my mini 2 on iOS 11 as it was showing up its age. But no, that’s just iOS 11. Under iOS 12, I feel like having a new device. Task switcher and keyboard no longer lag. That alone improves usability a lot! Of course, one cannot escape the paltry 1GB RAM, but hey, this is a tablet from 2013. If Apple drop support for the A7 devices next year, than these devices end with a very high note on iOS 12. In comparison, Google has long abandoned its Nexus 7. Back in 2013, many bashed the mini 2 and preferred the Nexus 7 due to its price. 5 years later, who has the last laugh.