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These are the best iPad mini prices in May 2022

The best iPad mini prices in 2022
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The best iPad mini prices can get you a pretty discount on Apple's fantastically portable tablet. The iPad mini is perfect for creatives on the go, especially now the latest generation has added Apple Pencil 2 support. They're also great devices for anyone wanting to watch media or for general browsing on nice compact device.

Happily, the iPad mini isn't as expensive as the big iPad pros, but it is more costly than the standard iPad, so it's well worth looking out for the best iPad mini prices before you buy. That's where our guide below can help out. We've provided an overview of the two currently available iPad mini generations together with automatically updating links to the best prices at online retailers. 

Not sure which model to go for? The newest 2021 iPad mini – the 6th generation – introduced Apple Pencil 2 support, which can magnetically stick to the device while it charges. It also has a bigger screen on a smaller body (yep, it's magic!), and it's the last word in portable power, with its A15 Bionic chip. The 2019 5th generation iPad mini is still a great device, however, and it supports Apple Pencil 1, so you can still use it for drawing and note-taking.

Want more savings? We also have a hub for the best iPad Pro deals and the best iPad Air prices around. And if you want more details on all the iPad generations, we've got you covered. As for Pad accessories, don't miss our guides to the best Apple keyboards and the best iPad stands.

The best iPad mini prices available right now

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iPad Mini (2021, 6th generation)

The best iPad for drawing on the move

Stylus support: Apple Pencil 2 | Screen size: 8.3 inch | Resolution: 1488 x 2266 pixels | Weight: 293-297g | Dimensions: 195.4 x 134.8 x 6.3 mm | OS: iPadOS 15 | CPU: A15 Bionic | Storage: 64/256GB | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 12MP

Very portable
Lovely screen
Good battery life
Not as powerful as the iPad Air or iPad Pro

The most recent iPad mini was released in September 2021. It boasts an extremely powerful A15 Bionic chip, Apple Pencil 2 compatibility, plus pocket-sized portability, and USB-C port connectivity. It's a super iPad for creativity on the move, and all for under $500/£500. The screen measures 8.3-inches, and is now closer to a 3:2 ratio than the previous model's 4:3. This means the extra width makes the most of the smaller size of the screen, offering smaller postbox bars when watching shows.

 When it comes to price, the 2021 model retails at $499 / £479, which is $100 / £80 more expensive than the previous version on launch. We have already seen some decent deals on the device, with Amazon US shaving off up to $40, but that still leaves it more expensive than the standard retail price of the earlier model, so consider the device below if you're on a budget. 

See our full iPad mini (6th gen) review for more details.

Best iPad deals: Product shot of iPad Mini (2019)

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iPad Mini (2019, 5th generation)

The best iPad for drawing if you want a super portable tablet the cheap

Stylus support: Apple Pencil 1 | Screen size: 7.9-inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 pixels | Weight: 304g | Dimensions: 203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1 mm | OS: iPadOS 14 | CPU: A12 Bionic | Storage: 64GB/256GB | Rear cameras: 8MP | Front camera: 7MP

Very portable
Excellent value
Doesn't support Apple Pencil 2
Less power than later models

While it doesn't have the power of the 2021 device, nor the Apple Pencil 2 support, the 5th gen iPad mini is still a highly portable and slick drawing device. Released in 2019, this generation has an iPhone XS-class chipset and a bright 7.9-inch display. You still get Apple Pencil support, just in the form of the earlier Apple Pencil 1, so it's still super-easy to instantly scribble notes and sketches.

When it comes to price, the 2021 model above retails at $499/£479 and the 2019 model retails at $399/£379. Add to that the chance of further discounts, if budget is your biggest buying factor, this older model is definitely an option to consider. If you can afford the outlay, however, we'd go for the newer model above for faster processing and support for the upgraded stylus.

See our iPad mini (2019) review for more details.

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Beren Neale is the deals editor at Creative Bloq. After editing several creative and design magazines - including the graphic design mag Computer Arts - he found his home on the biggest global art and design website, helping digital creatives get the best deals on the kit that they need.