iPad Mini (2019) Features Pencil Support, A12 Bionic CPU, Costs $399 and Up

On Monday Apple announced the 5th-gen iPad Mini. The 2019 received a much needed specs boost; it now runs on the same A12 Bionic chip found in the new iPad Air and Apple’s smartphones and features improved cameras as well as the same Wifi, Bluetooth, and LTE performance that’s built into the latest iPad Pro models while still keeping the headphone jack found in previous iPad mini models.

Perhaps best of all, the new iPad Mini also has first-generation Apple Pencil support.

All in all,  Apple’s smallest tablet is also arguably its best value, given the price and hardware. The iPad Mini (2019) is up for pre-order today for $399.

iPad Mini (2019) specs

  • Screen: 7.9″ LED display (2048 x 1536)
  • CPU: Apple A12 Bionic
  • Storage: 64GB to 256GB
  • Camera: 8MP (rear), 7MP (front)
  • Connectivity: Wifi, BT, optional 4G
  • Security: Touch ID/fingerprint sensor
  • Battery: 19.1 Watt-hour
  • Dimensions: 5.3″ x 8.0″ x 0.24″
  • Weight: 300.5 grams

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Scott G. Lewis18 March, 2019

    The $329 iPad absolutely supports the first gen pencil.

    1. Nate Hoffelder18 March, 2019

      Well that’s embarassing – I checked into the current iPad before I bought one and somehow came away with the impression it did not.

  2. Scott G. Lewis18 March, 2019

    Not embarrassing. This is the first year they have a non pro model that supports it.

  3. Bug Senf Ehud18 March, 2019

    Depending on your needs, the iPad mini may still be the best value. The $329 iPad is much heavier, larger, has a non-laminated screen and a lesser CPU, for instance.

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