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iPad Air (5th Gen) VS. iPad Mini (6th Gen)

by Shruti Modha, 15 Mar 2023

The iPad Air 5, Apple's first M1-powered iPad Air, was released. The iPad Mini 6 was introduced last year, with a look that is extremely similar to that of the iPad Air and many of the same characteristics. 

The 2021 iPad Mini includes an all-screen design with no Home button, Touch ID unlocking, and two stereo speakers — all of which are shared with the iPad Air. 

Also, with the addition of Center Stage for the front camera and 5G connection to the iPad Air 5, there are even more similarities between devices, making it difficult to choose one over the other. There are, however, several distinctions between the two devices.

First, let’s discuss similarities:

Both can be configured up to 256GB. Both models have the same camera quality-12MP but the iPad mini has a flash while iPad Air has no flash. And both models have the centre stage feature of Apple.  

USB-C is another common thing between them. The IPad Air and IPad Mini, display of both models include a fingerprint-resistant and anti-reflective coating that protects the surface. 

Full lamination and True Tone are also included in the display. There are essentially no differences between the two displays other than the size difference indicated before. 

Max brightness is up to 500 nits. 4K video recording at up to 60 frames per second with 3x video zoom, 1080p HD video recording at 25 frames per second, 30 frames per second, or 60 frames per second, 1080p slo-mo video at 120 frames per second or 240 frames per second, and time-lapse with stabilization. 

iPad Air and iPad mini have the same battery life as claimed by Apple- Up to 10 hours while surfing on Wi-Fi and up to 9 hours while surfing on cellular variants. Both are compatible with the Apple Pencil 2Nd generation. 


iPad Air (5th Gen) VS. iPad Mini (6th Gen) Differences screen


Operating chip:


Available colours:

Available colours in ipad mini vs ipad pro

Keyboard connectivity:

Final verdict:

Though there are many similarities between the iPad Mini and the iPad Air, their two most noticeable distinctions – their sizes and processors – make them drastically different in terms of how they should be used. 

The iPad mini is a little tablet that is convenient to use on the road and takes up as little room as possible when traveling. You can still work on it, but it's not the best device for multitasking or sophisticated jobs that demand greater screen real estate.

However, while the iPad Air is still incredibly portable and simple to take around, its bigger size necessitates the use of a bag or a cover with a handle, since you cannot simply slip it into your pocket (which is potentially possible with the Mini). 

However, you'll find it much simpler to multitask on the iPad Air's bigger display, and you'll be able to accomplish more sophisticated work on it. Furthermore, the device's more powerful M1 chip and larger memory pool would allow it to handle more demanding tasks and a larger number of apps simultaneously without experiencing performance concerns.


Also read: "Review of iPad mini 5th Generation", "iPad mini 6th Generation Review"