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Compare the Apple iPad Mini 5 to the Apple iPad Mini 4

The Apple iPad Mini 5 is the powerful brother of the Apple iPad Mini 4. Thanks to its stronger processor and its compatibility with the Apple Pencil (1st generation), you can use the iPad Mini 5 to edit photos in demanding programs, such as Photoshop. In this article, you can read about the similarities and differences between the Apple iPad Mini 4 and the Apple iPad Mini 5.

Apple iPad Mini 5

  • 7.9-inch Retina Display with True Tone
  • Processor with A12 bionic chip
  • Compatible with Apple Pencil (1st generation)
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  • Thanks to the A12 bionic chip, even the most demanding programs run smoothly.
  • The Retina display with true tone automatically adjusts the white balance according to the ambient light.
  • With Touch ID in the home button, you can secure your iPad with your fingerprint.
  • The storage capacity can't be expanded with a memory card.

Apple iPad Mini 4

  • 7.9-inch Retina Display
  • Internet via WiFi and SIM card
  • 128GB storage capacity
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  • Thanks to its compact design, you can easily take the tablet with you on the go.
  • With Touch ID in the home button, you can secure your iPad with your fingerprint.
  • The storage capacity can't be expanded with a memory card.
  • The A8 processor isn't as fast as the new and improved A12 bionic chip.

In short

Apple iPad Mini 5 Apple iPad Mini 4
Screen 7.9-inch Retina Display with True Tone 7.9-inch Retina Display
Resolution 2048x1536 pixels by 326 PPI 2048x1536 pixels by 326 PPI
Processor A12 Bionic chip A8 processor
Camera 8MP and 7MP FaceTime HD camera 8MP and 1.2 MP FaceTime HD camera
Unlock Touch ID Touch ID
Storage capacity 64GB and 256GB 128GB
Colors Silver, Space Gray, and Gold Silver, Space Gray, and Gold
Dimensions 203.2x134.8x6.1 millimeters 203.2x134.8x6.1 millimeters
Weight WiFi: 300.5 grams, WiFi + 4G: 308.2 grams 304 grams
Compatible with the Apple Pencil Suitable for the Apple Pencil (1st generation) Not suitable for the Apple Pencil

Screen

Screen of the Apple iPad Mini 5

Apple iPad Mini 5: screen adjusted to ambient light

The 7.9-inch screen of the Apple iPad Mini 5 has a 1536x2048 resolution. This is identical to the Apple iPad Mini 4. A new feature of the Apple iPad Mini 5 screen is True Tone. This feature makes sure the colors of the screen automatically adjust according to the ambien light. This means the screen will always display the most natural colors, whether you're in the garden or indoors, on the couch.

Screen of the Apple iPad Mini 4

The Apple iPad Mini 4: equal resolution

The Apple iPad Mini 4 has the same screen resolution as the Apple iPad Mini 5: 1536x2048. The screen size is also identical, since both models have a 7.9-inch screen. The only thing the screen of the Apple iPad Mini 4 doesn't have is True Tone. That's why some colors may be displayed less naturally if you're using the iPad Mini 4 outside, for example.

Performances

The Apple iPad Mini 5 performance

The Apple iPad Mini 5: powerful processor

Apple built an A12 bionic chip in the iPad Mini 5. In terms of speed, this processor can be compared to the latest iPhones. This means you can navigate your apps with the Apple iPad Mini 5 up to 3 times faster compared to the Apple iPad Mini 4. The A12 bionic chip makes the Apple iPad Mini 5 very suitable to run more demanding programs, such as Photoshop.

The Apple iPad Mini 4 performance

The Apple iPad Mini 4: for daily tasks

The Apple iPad Mini 4 is equipped with an A8 processor. This means more demanding programs, such as Photoshop, don't run as fast as you'd like them to. On the other hand, the Apple iPad Mini 4 is more suitable for less demanding tasks, such as browsing the internet and watching videos.

Apple Pencil

Apple Pencil support

The Apple iPad Mini 5: compatible with the Apple Pencil

A new feature of the Apple iPad Mini 5 is its compatibility with the Apple Pencil (1st generation). In combination with the powerful processor, this model is suitable for photo editing in more demanding programs, among other things. Thanks to the pressure-sensitive tip of the Apple Pencil (1st generation), you can draw detailed lines and work out your sketches on the go.

Apple Pencil support

The Apple iPad Mini 4: finger work

The Apple iPad Mini 4 isn't compatible with the Apple Pencil. This means you have to make notes and sketches with your fingers, which yields less accurate results. Aren't you going to use your iPad to make sketches and notes? If so, its compatibility with the Apple Pencil may be unnecessary.

Camera

Camera of the Apple iPad Mini 5

The Apple iPad Mini 5: 7MP and 8MP

The front camera of the Apple iPad Mini 5 has been upgraded. Thanks to the 7MP camera, you can have FaceTime conversations with higher image quality. The rear camera of the device is similar to that of the Apple iPad Mini 4. With this 8MP camera, you can play Augmented Reality games, for example.

Camera of the Apple iPad Mini 4

The Apple iPad Mini 4: 1.2MP and 8MP

The rear camera of the devices is identical: an 8MP camera that you can use to make photos and videos. On top of that, this camera makes it possible to play Augmented Reality games. The front camera of the Apple iPad Mini 4 does have less image quality. With 1.2MP, your selfies will look less nice.

Version

Apple iPad Mini 5 version

Apple iPad Mini 5: choose a storage capacity

The Apple iPad Mini 5 is available in 2 different storage capacities. You can choose between the 64GB or the 256GB version. Opt for a model with more storage capacity if you want to store a lot of photos and movies and use a lot of apps. Similar to the Mini 4, the Mini 5 has 3 colors: Silver, Space Gray, and Gold.

Apple iPad Mini 4 version

Apple iPad Mini 4: 128GB storage

The Apple iPad Mini 4 is available in the colors Silver, Space Gray, and Gold. In contrast with the newer Mini 5, you can't choose a storage capacity. The Apple iPad Mini 4 has a storage capacity of 128GB: the middle-ground between the 2 options of the iPad Mini 5.

Conclusion

Both models have a compact size and can easily be used on the go. Thanks to the powerful processor, you can run more demanding programs on the Apple iPad Mini 5 compared to its predecessor. In combination with its compatibility with the Apple Pencil (1st generation), this makes the Apple iPad Mini 5 suitable to sketch in Photoshop. On top of that, True Tone in the Retina display makes sure the screen of the iPad Mini 5 displays the most natural colors, wherever you are.


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