In March of 2019, Apple announced the first upgrades to the iPad Air since 2017 and the first upgrade to the iPad Mini since 2015, which for us Apple fanatics were both eagerly awaited. For someone who hasn’t owned an iPad device, you may know which model is best for you. Before you purchase, you should know the pros and cons for each device. Our tech team reviewed each device so we could provide a review comparison for our readers. Find out how are these devices stack up and learn about their most common iPad repairs.
Processing power. Both models use an A12 Bionic chip, which is a powerful processor that can run multiple apps at the same time. Some users have found that their iPad Air or Mini is still running slowly despite the powerful chip. If this is the case, it is recommended that you take your device to an Apple repair tech to help you diagnose the problem.
Memory. The iPad Air and iPad Mini both start with 64GB of storage space, which will probably be adequate for most users. If you do need to store a lot of large files on your iPad, you can go up to 256GB. These iPad repair experts will be able to walk you through other options such as, iCloud storage or SD cards which are compatible with both devices.
Camera. Both of the new iPads are equipped with a 7-megapixel front-facing camera and an 8-megapixel rear camera. After closer inspection, our certified techs thought the latest iPhone has a better camera. However, when you compare apples to apples, the 2019 iPad cameras are still a huge improvement over previous iPad models. If you crack your camera, this will be an expensive repair to replace its housing, but it can be done.
Battery life. According to Apple, all of the current iPad models have a battery life of 10 hours. This includes both of the 2019 models, as well as the iPad and the iPad Pro. While most have immediately noticed the improved battery others have seen their battery life gets shorter. If you’ve had your iPad for a while and think your battery isn’t lasting as long as it should, try deleting apps or restarting your computer. If your battery life doesn’t improve, take your device to an iPad repair tech as there could be something wrong with your device.
Apple Pencil. The new iPads are both compatible with the first generation of Apple Pencil which makes the transition to a new iPad for those of us who have already fallen in love with the pencil an easy transition. This handy device works with a variety of apps to let you jot down notes, draw pictures, mark up documents, and more. Common repairs for Apple Pencils include breaking the actual device, losing battery life and simply won’t turn on. Try a hard reset before you panic. Sometimes it just needs a boost.
What’s the Difference?
Size. The iPad Air has a 10.5” display, while the iPad Mini – true to its name – is only 7.9”. Which one is superior depends on what you plan to use your iPad for? If you need a tablet that’s easy to travel with, or just prefer the feel of a smaller device, the iPad Mini is a good choice. If you prefer a larger screen for working on projects or watching movies, the iPad Air is the way to go. With either model, be careful as cracked screens are one of the most common reasons for iPad repairs and all Apple repairs alike.
Display. Both of the new iPads have a Retina display. However, their pixel densities are not identical. The iPad Air has 265 pixels per inch, while the iPad Mini has 324 pixels per inch. This means the iPad Mini’s display has sharper images and stronger colors, although it’s not a dramatic difference. A cracked screen is the most common iPad repair but can be replaced easily.
Price. The iPad air ($649) will cost you more than the mini at $399. While you may be willing to put the extra buck for the air, keep in mind that a higher priced item typically will have higher priced iPad repairs too. Of course, you can always look for a device that has been refurbished by calling your local iPad repair store and get the same device for less.
Smart Keyboard. The iPad Air is compatible with Apple’s Smart Keyboard, which is a convenient and very portable way to type on your iPad Air. If you get an iPad Mini, you’ll need to use a Bluetooth keyboard instead. Last year, Apple had to offer extended warranties for a slew of common repairs including, sensor and magnetic connector problems, sticking keys, being unresponsive, and data connectivity issues. If you don’t have a warranty, you can still get these common issues fixed.
Summary. Both devices are great, depending on what you need. Is it for work or play? Does the size of your iPad really matter? The most common repairs are due to accidents, but occasionally the device will malfunction or lose its power after normal wear and tear. Fix Apple Now specializes in iPad repair and certified Apple technicians complete most iPad repairs within 24-hours, if we have the parts in stock.