Adapting Apple’s iPad mini to work and play

Apple’s 5th-generation iPad mini features an A12 Bionic processor, the same chip in the iPhone XR and XS, added a Retina laminated screen with True Tone, P3 color support, and the highest pixel density of any iPad. In terms of raw performance, iPad mini is more similar to the 10.5-inch iPad Air than it is different.

Apple's new iPad mini brings Apple Pencil support, Retina display and the A12 Bionic chip.
Apple’s iPad mini brings Apple Pencil support, Retina display and the A12 Bionic chip.

John Voorhees for MacStories:

When the mini was introduced, I immediately wondered whether Apple’s smallest tablet could be the perfect complement to its largest iPad Pro: a powerful but tiny device that could work well where the Pro doesn’t. I also figured the mini could be a great ‘downtime’ device for activities like games, reading, chatting with friends, and watching TV, movies, and other video content.

The plan was for my new mini to serve almost exclusively as my downtime iPad. What’s happened in practice during the past year is very different than I anticipated originally. My use of the mini has expanded far beyond what I’d expected, despite the compromises that come along with its small size.

MacDailyNews Take: There’s tons more, including a bunch of info about external keyboards for the iPad mini, in the full article.


  1. I have one and it’s great! I also have an older 10.5-inch iPad Pro (last one with Home button and Touch ID), which I use when it’s superior screen and excellent built-in sound are important, like watching videos on Netflix. For most other things, I prefer my iPad mini. It’s lighter and small enough to grasp vertically with one hand. When held horizontally, it has the “handles” (non-screen area to left and right) to hold comfortably with two hands without touching or blocking the screen. While screen is smaller, it has same pixel count as original iPad Retina display, and most apps scale their interface so it doesn’t really matter. An iPad is more useable when screen is “denser” with interface elements NOT so spread out over larger display. For example, using onscreen keyboard is VERY comfortable at iPad mini’s size.

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