iPad Mini deals are sitting in an awkward position right now. With the flagship 8th generation iPad coming in substantially cheaper and offering more power, iPad Mini prices have been looking a little unjustified for a few years now. However, rumors abound of a new iPad Mini to be revealed at a mysterious Spring event and if those rumors do come true, iPad Mini deals might be back on the table again.
The latest iPad Mini was released way back in 2019, with a price starting at $399 / £399 / AU$599. Considering the 2020 8th generation iPad starts at $329, there’s little reason to grab the smaller model – unless, of course, you’re after that portable form factor.
iPads have been growing in size over the last few years, which means the smallest device outside of the Mini range will take up over 10-inches of your bag space. If you’re after a smaller device to easily slot into smaller pouches you’ll want to take a look at the iPad Mini deals just below.
There are cheaper 7-inch tablets out there, however with Apple’s excellent OS and Retina display on this machine, it’s certainly in its own class. So, here are all the best iPad Mini prices available right now – but if you are after something a bit bigger, be sure to check out our regular iPad deals page. You’ll also find more offers available right now, seeing as we’re in the thick of back to school sales season, and there’s even more discounts heading our way in the Labor Day sales.
The 2019 iPad Mini came with a starting price of $399 / £399 / AU$599. Of course, the device itself benefited from upgraded spec and a better screen over the older models, although you’d be forgiven for not seeing much difference in the look of the device.
The updated Retina screen has a 2048 x 1536 resolution, which is seriously intense for a 7.9-inch screen. The battery will keep you going for a superb 10 hours of web surfing and media playback. You’re getting the A12 Bionic Chip under the hood, first seen on the iPhone X – so nothing too old to run the latest iPad OS. If the regular iPads are a bit too big for you, but you want something bigger than your phone for long reads, browsing the net or watching video content, the latest iPad Mini is going to take some beating as one of the best devices you can get.
You’ll also be able to use the Apple Pencil with the iPad Mini 5, so it might be worth checking out the cheapest Apple Pencil prices and deals available now.
Is the iPad Mini price worth it?
If you’re going for performance and display quality, the iPad Mini might not be the tablet for you. At a good deal more than the latest 8th generation iPad, you’re going to be picking up older specs for more cash and that’s never a good thing. However, if you prefer that smaller form factor over the larger 10.1-inch devices making up the rest of Apple’s tablet line up, then the iPad Mini is your only option.
That A12 Bionic chip will still hold its own today, and the entry level 64GB RAM is also double that of the 8th generation iPad which is, in itself, a pretty serious consideration. To get that level of storage on the newer releases you’ll be paying just over $400 / £400 for a 128GB device. If you don’t quite need that much room, then, the iPad Mini is a worthy investment.
When can you find iPad Mini deals available?
iPad Mini deals are usually an ongoing affair, with a few dollars or pounds shaved off the original MSRP at a range of retailers. However, you’ll find more significant discounts during bigger sales periods – in particular this year’s Amazon Prime Day deals, September’s Back To School discounts and over Black Friday and Cyber Monday in November.