Lucas Curious

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I do basic things like reading and notes writing on the mini. I also have the pencil. Is this a big upgrade? better resolution? noticeable screen size? what is a mini 5 256gb with apple care+ worth now?
 
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I’m in the same boat.

I have an iPad Pro 12.9 (2020) with a magic keyboard as my daily driver, but recently picked up an immaculate Mini 5 for £280 to use for reading and light surfing whilst in bed etc.

I love the idea of the Mini 6 and the new form factor… but struggling to justify the 100% uplift for one.
 
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Heelpir8

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The stereo speakers in landscape mode alone is making me sweat a little over potentially upgrading. But $499 for only 64GB of storage in a year in which the iPhone models got a storage bump feels a little difficult to swallow.
 
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pete480

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I’m definitely upgrading from my 5. My battery already doesn’t last that long and I’ve been waiting for a mini with smaller bezels for years.
 
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mpetrides

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I’m upgrading from my 256 Gb mini 5 to a comparable size mini 6 because of the A15 chip and the support for the Apple Pencil 2. The USB-C connector and 20 W power adapter are also nice.

Support for the Pencil 2 is huge for me because it will facilitate keeping my Pencil with the iPad, meaning I’m a lot more likely to use the mini 6 for taking handwritten notes than I have with the mini 5. Every time I want to take handwritten notes with the mini 5, I have to hunt up the Pencil and most of the time I then need to charge it because it’s sat dormant for so long.

Do I NEED to upgrade? Probably not but as someone else mentioned, my mini 5’s battery is getting a little long in the tooth, so that and the Pencil 2 support help me justify the cost. But mainly I’m getting a mini 6 because I WANT one.

FWIW, I’ll be keeping my mini 5 because it still does a lot of things very well, especially serving as a reader for eBook, since it is pretty much exactly the size of a trade paperback but lots thinner. If I’m worried about battery life, I can always grab a portable battery pack to take along. When the battery finally gives up the ghost, I can always mount it on the wall, plug it in, and use it as a control panel for my smart lights.
 
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KPOM

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The stereo speakers in landscape mode alone is making me sweat a little over potentially upgrading. But $499 for only 64GB of storage in a year in which the iPhone models got a storage bump feels a little difficult to swallow.
It’s basically an iPad Air mini without the Smart Connector. The iPad Air is $599 with 64GB.
 
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SoYoung

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How much ram have the new mini? This alone will depends if I buy one or not.
 
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Saturn1217

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I think it is worth it. I have an iPad mini 5. Probably won’t upgrade right away. I might wait until the iPad mini 6 can be had for a discount on Amazon or something but I think it is a fantastic upgrade in basically every way. In particular the wider side bezels will make it easier to hold in portrait and it is a little smaller and lighter than the mini 5. Easily the best product update Apple announced yesterday.
 
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sracer

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I do basic things like reading and notes writing on the mini. I also have the pencil. Is this a big upgrade? better resolution? noticeable screen size? what is a mini 5 256gb with apple care+ worth now?
For those purposes, I don't think the Mini 6 is worth the upgrade... at this time... especially considering the increased price. (I'm not complaining about the price, it is what I expected)

Since you use the Pencil, you'll need to buy the Pencil 2 (which is more expensive). Depending upon what covers, cases, and keyboards you have, those will be additional costs as well.

I did a quick cost analysis of what it would take for me to upgrade my 256GB Mini 5 to the 6. It would be an extremely costly upgrade... because I have things like the Pencil, multiple smartcovers, and a Zagg keyboard case. On top of that I'll lose the ability to have a smartcover and lose the 4:3 aspect ratio.

It would actually be cheaper for me to keep the Mini 5 and pick up an iPad 9. :oops: :D
 
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Shanghaichica

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I’m in the same boat.

I have an iPad Pro 12.9 (2020) with a magic keyboard as my daily driver, but recently picked up an immaculate Mini 5 for £280 to use for reading and light surfing whilst in bed etc.

I love the idea of the Mini 6 and the new form factor… but struggling to justify the 100% uplift for one.
I think I’ll hold onto my mini 5 for a while longer. It’s my second iPad after my 11 inch pro. I have no issues with the form factor and I’m not really looking for an increase in screen size. The only things I wouldn’t mind about the new iPad mini is the improved speakers and Apple Pencil 2 support. Simply because charging is better. However I don’t use my Apple Pencil enough to justify the upgrade.
 
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laffnvegas

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Looks like I am the same as most, I have the mini 5 and husband has my previous mini which was 3 so he wants my 5 lol. Oddly his battery seems to last longer on the mini 3. Mine was good for a long time and in the last few months I am needing to charge it daily and I am really only spending 2 hours a day on it. It seems the 5 battery as not been nearly as good. I do like all the new upgrades to the new 6 just questioning if I will like the new touch ID location. That will take some getting use to.
 
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Lucas Curious

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anyone tried to get apple to replace the iPad mini 5 under apple care due to battery loss? im assuming they replace the whole iPad instead of swapping the battery
 
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picollus

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The problem with all those discussion is we don't know when the next iPad Mini revision will be released !

I currently have a 2016 iPad mini 4. Battery die at 50% ! I can wait up to next year but not 2 or 3 years.

Thus, Since the mini probably won't be updated until 2024, i will probably buy one on September 24 of this year since pushing the purchase in the future bring no advantage !
 
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rui no onna

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Thus, Since the mini probably won't be updated until 2024, i will probably buy one on September 24 of this year since pushing the purchase in the future bring no advantage !

Not necessarily. There might be discounts in the future. Alas, ever since COVID those have gotten rare so if I were in your shoes, I'd just buy one right away.
 
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New York

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I'm upgrading from the mini 2. Nothing was wrong with it. The mini is the perfect size for me. I love the 6.
Me too! My mini 2 still works very well but doesn't have enough storage unfortunately. The battery life is very good - it's been the best Apple device in that respect by far. Very excited about the 6 coming next week!
 
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turbineseaplane

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I think I've decided to hold onto my 5

I don't use a Pencil and the screen size change is very marginal

...and I do use the headphone jack on mine all the time.

Nice looking device, but really not a meaningful upgrade from the 5 for me and my usage needs.
 
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LennyFL

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I'm going to upgrade from the mini 5 to the 6 primarily for the 5G connectivity. I use it as a hotspot for my laptop and other iPads at trade shows. They want 2-300 dollars for internet connectivity at conferences per day.
 
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