The Mini is back – the iPad Mini, that is, complete with updates

The 7.9-inch tablet has been neglected of late, but Apple is hoping it will be back in vogue

The iPad Mini 5 has an updated A12 Bionic chip and supports the original Apple Pencil

The iPad Mini 5 has an updated A12 Bionic chip and supports the original Apple Pencil

 

The iPad Mini has been a bit neglected in recent years, to the point where there was speculation about its future place in the iPad line-up. The 7.9-inch tablet hasn’t had an update since 2015 – until Apple’s surprise hardware announcement in March. The latest version of the Mini – the iPad Mini 5 – has an updated A12 Bionic chip and supports the original Apple Pencil. It keeps the lightning port and the headphone jack, although the front-facing camera has been updated. The iPad Mini is essentially just a shrunken version of the new Air. It also supports some of the more power-hungry games, including Fortnite, which is a point in its favour.

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