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Compare Difference Between iPad Mini 6 (2021) vs iPad Mini 5 (2019)

This review compares the difference between iPad Mini 6 released on September 2021 and iPad Mini 5 released in March 2019.

Below are two tables covering the key differences between the two iPad Mini, and another full comparison table further below.

Missing IP Rating and Ceramic Glass Shield

Before looking at the comparison of two tablets, it is noteworthy that the new iPad Mini 6 do not have the following important features found on the larger iPad Pro:

  • IP68 rating
  • Ceramic glass shield

Even though the iPad Mini is not a “Pro” series tablet, the way it was presented in the Apple Event shows that the design intent is a very handy, in-the-pocket, tablet at work, indoors and outdoors. The decision to leave out IP68 and the Ceramic Glass Shield is probably due to cost, however, they should then create an iPad Mini Pro instead.

Visible Differences

The most visible difference is are the sharper, rectangular edges like the iPad Pro, which allow the Apple Pencil to clip on via magnetic catch. All previous iPad Mini models. have rounded edges on 4 sides.

iPad Mini 6 (2021) - Side View
iPad Mini 6 (2021) – Side View

Another visible change is much smaller but nonetheless very important and noticeable, which is the USB-C port at the bottom of the iPad Mini 6. This enables a higher data transfer rate and higher charging power, and the USB-C cables are also more widely used today.

There is no Face ID, but Touch ID will remain and is via the power button at the top of the iPad Mini 6.

Apart from these external differences, the rest of the differences are self-explanatory based on the comparison table below, such as Wi-Fi 6, camera upgrades, and processors.

Table 1: Key Differences Between iPad Mini 6 and 5

Tech SpecsApple iPad Mini 6 (2021)Apple iPad Mini 5 (2019)
Release Date14 Sep 202118 Mar 2019
Dimensions195.4 x 134.8 x 6.3 mm
7.7 x 5.3 x 0.24 in
203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1 mm
8 x 5.3 x 0.24 in
WeightWi-Fi: 293g (10.3oz)
Wi-Fi+Cellular: 297g (10.5oz)
Wi-Fi: 300.5g (10.6oz)
Wi-Fi+Cellular: 308.2g (10.9oz)
IP RatingNoNo
Operating SystemiPadOS (13.x, 12.x)iPadOS 14
System chipApple A15 Bionic
16-core Neural Engine
Apple A12 Bionic (7nm)
Neural Engine
ProcessorHexa-coreHexa-core
2×2.5 GHz Vortex
4×1.6 GHz Tempest
GPU5-Core Apple GPU4-Core Apple GPU
RAM/Storage64GB
256GB
3GB/64GB
3GB/256GB
Stylus SupportUp to Apple Pencil 2Apple Pencil 1 only
Screen Size8.3in7.9in
Resolution2266 x 1488 pixels
1.52:1 aspect ratio 326 PPI
2048 x 1536px (QXGA)
4:3 aspect ratio, 326 PPI
Screen-to-body82% (estimated)70.60%
Rear camera Specs12MP, f/1.88MP, f/2.4
Video recording4K: 24/25/30/60 fps
1080p: 25/30/60 fps
720p: 30 fps
1080p
Slo-mo: 240 fps
Front Camera Specs12MP, f/2.3, 122deg FOV
(Ultra-wide)
7MP, f/2.2
Video Recording1080p: 25/30/60 fps1080p: 30fps
Cellular NetworkGSM / HSPA / LTE / 5GGSM / HSPA / LTE
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (Wi-Fi 6)
dual-band, hotspot
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
dual-band, hotspot
ConnectorUSB-C
Magnetic
Lightning
USB 2.0
Battery Capacity5124 mAh (19.3 Wh)5124 mAh (19.1 Wh)
Wired Charging20W standard12W (5.2V/2.4A) standard
18W (9V/2A or 5V/3A) max

The following is the full comparison table with most of the specifications, and separated into different sections.

Table 2: Full Comparison Table

Tech SpecsApple iPad Mini 6 (2021)Apple iPad Mini 5 (2019)
Release Date14 Sep 202118 Mar 2019
Form Factor
Dimensions195.4 x 134.8 x 6.3 mm
7.7 x 5.3 x 0.24 in
203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1 mm
8 x 5.3 x 0.24 in
WeightWi-Fi: 293g (10.3oz)
Wi-Fi+Cellular: 297g (10.5oz)
Wi-Fi: 300.5g (10.6oz)
Wi-Fi+Cellular: 308.2g (10.9oz)
GlassScratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coatingScratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating
MaterialsBack: AluminumBack: Aluminum
ColorsSpace gray, pink, purple, starlightSpace gray, silver, gold
Hardware & OS
Operating SystemiPadOS (13.x, 12.x)iPadOS 14
System chipApple A15 Bionic
16-core Neural Engine
Apple A12 Bionic (7nm)
Neural Engine
ProcessorHexa-coreHexa-core
2×2.5 GHz Vortex
4×1.6 GHz Tempest
GPU5-Core Apple GPU4-Core Apple GPU
RAM/Storage64GB
256GB
3GB/64GB
3GB/256GB
Storage expansionNoNo
SensorsTouch ID (Top button)
Three-Axis Gyro
Accelerometer
Barometer
Ambient light sensor
Touch ID (button)
Gyro
Accelerometer
Compass
Ambient light sensor
Speakers4 stereo speakersStereo speakers
3.5mm EarjackNoYes
Stylus SupportUp to Apple Pencil 2Apple Pencil 1 only
Microphone2 mics2 mics
Display
Screen TypeIPS LED-Backlit Multi-TouchIPS LED-Backlit Multi-Touch
Screen Size8.3in7.9in
Resolution2266 x 1488 pixels
1.52:1 aspect ratio 326 PPI
2048 x 1536px (QXGA)
4:3 aspect ratio, 326 PPI
Screen-to-body82%70.60%
Refresh Rate120 Hz120 Hz
Brightness500 nits500 nits
ContrastNANA
Color GamutDCI-P3DCI-P3
FeaturesAnti-reflective coating, fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating, true tone display, 1.8% reflectivity.Anti-reflective coating, fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating, true tone display, 1.8% reflectivity.
Rear Camera
Rear camera Specs12MP, f/1.88MP, f/2.4
Camera FeaturesDigital zoom up to 5x
Five-element lens
Quad-LED True Tone flash
Autofocus with Focus Pixels
Panorama (up to 63MP)
Smart HDR 3
Wide colour capture for photos and Live Photos
Advanced red-eye correction
Photo geotagging
Auto image stabilisation
Burst mode
Image formats captured: HEIF and JPEG
Five-element lens
Hybrid IR filter
Backside illumination
Live Photos
Wide color capture for all photos
Autofocus
Panorama (up to 43 MP)
HDR for photos
Exposure control
Burst mode
Auto image stabilization
Photo geotagging
Tap to focus
Timer mode
Video recording4K: 24/25/30/60 fps
1080p: 25/30/60 fps
720p: 30 fps
1080p
Slo-mo: 240 fps
Video FeaturesQuad-LED True Tone flash
Slow-motion video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
Time-lapse video with stabilisation
Extended dynamic range for video up to 30 fps
Cinematic video stabilisation (4K, 1080p and 720p)
Continuous autofocus video
Playback zoom
Video formats recorded: HEVC and H.264
Time‑lapse video with stabilization
Video image stabilization
3x video zoom
Video geotagging
Front Camera
Front Camera Specs12MP, f/2.3, 122deg FOV
(Ultra-wide)
7MP, f/2.2
Video Recording1080p: 25/30/60 fps1080p: 30fps
FeaturesSmart HDR 3
Time-lapse video with stabilisation
Extended dynamic range for video up to 30 fps
Cinematic video stabilisation (1080p and 720p)
Wide colour capture for photos and Live Photos
Lens correction
Retina Flash
Auto image stabilisation
Burst mode
Retina Flash
Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
Auto HDR for photos and videos
Backside illumination
Burst mode
Exposure control
Timer mode
Connectivity
SIM TypeNano SIM, eSIMNano SIM, eSIM
Cellular NetworkGSM / HSPA / LTE / 5GGSM / HSPA / LTE
Wi-FiScratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coatingWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
dual-band, hotspot
Bluetooth5.0, A2DP, LE5.0, A2DP, LE
GPSA-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEOA-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO
NFCNoNo
RadioNoNo
Infrared PortNoNo
ConnectorUSB-C
Magnetic
Lightning
USB 2.0
Battery
Battery Capacity5124 mAh (19.3 Wh)5124 mAh (19.1 Wh)
Battery TypeLi -Ion, non-removableLi -Ion, non-removable
Battery LifeUp to 10hUp to 10h
Charging TimeUnder 2h2-3 hours
Wired Charging20W standard12W (5.2V/2.4A) standard
18W (9V/2A or 5V/3A) max
Wireless ChargingNoNo
FeaturesNoNo
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