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Which device will Apple Support for longer if not the same?

  • M1 IPad Pro

    Votes: 28 90.3%
  • IPad mini 6

    Votes: 3 9.7%

  • Total voters
    31

Adeapplephone

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Dec 28, 2020
12
1
Do you think the iPad mini 6 will get longer support since it has a newer chipset in the A15 vs. The 2020 M1 chip that was put into the iPad Pro in 2021?
 

GradSchool2021

macrumors newbie
Feb 11, 2021
15
20
Probably M1. But then, I don't see how each device couldn't go past 5-7 years. At that point, I'd rather get a new machine.
 

Username-already-in-use

macrumors 6502a
May 18, 2021
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1,036
RAM amount seems to count for a lot in on-going iPadOS updates. The 8GB/16GB RAM M1 Pros will likely receive longer software support than any Mini, Air, or Generic iPad that are released after the Pro with less than 8GB RAM.
 

Sensamic

macrumors 68040
Mar 26, 2010
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656
I'd say both the same. Seems like Apple is releasing 5/6 years of iOS updates regardless of the device.

I don't see any device, not even the iPad Pros, getting more than 6 iOS updates.
 
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rui no onna

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Oct 25, 2013
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I'd say both the same. Seems like Apple is releasing 5/6 years of iOS updates regardless of the device.

I don't see any device, not even the iPad Pros, getting more than 6 iOS updates.

Air 2 already received 7.
 

Realityck

macrumors G4
Nov 9, 2015
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Silicon Valley, CA
I'd say both the same. Seems like Apple is releasing 5/6 years of iOS updates regardless of the device.

I don't see any device, not even the iPad Pros, getting more than 6 iOS updates.
That's likely the answer, not this more expensive M1 based product will be likely supported longer thought versus the A15 mini. What normally is supported longer on the iPad is a product that is far enough ahead with its feature set that it won't be impacting any future update especially Cellular/WiFi/Bluetooth standards. If you look at the iPad Family right now, the three most progressive models are the M1 iPad Pro 12.9 5th gen, M1 iPad Pro 11 3rd gen, and the new A15 iPad mini 6 gen. The poll doesn't allow the option to state that.
 

kdoug

macrumors 65816
Jun 2, 2010
1,025
195
Iowa City, IA USA
Do you think the iPad mini 6 will get longer support since it has a newer chipset in the A15 vs. The 2020 M1 chip that was put into the iPad Pro in 2021?
iPad Pro for sure. The Mini is a parts bin device that’s whole purpose is to generate massive profits to keep the shareholders happy.
 

mi7chy

macrumors G4
Oct 24, 2014
10,495
11,155
I'd say both the same. Seems like Apple is releasing 5/6 years of iOS updates regardless of the device.

I don't see any device, not even the iPad Pros, getting more than 6 iOS updates.

It's more than just getting bug fixes that never should've been present. Mini 6 has half to a fourth of the RAM so user experience will be better and longer on the iPad Pro M1 with 8GB and 16GB RAM.
 
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