iPad mini 5 users complain about various issues as we push away from the latest iPadOS 15 release.
The iPad mini 5 is Apple’s older 7.9-inch model. The device went on sale in 2019 and we’ve been keeping an eye on feedback from people who bought Apple’s slate ever since.
Many of the responses have been great. However, we’ve also seen complaints about the iPad mini 5’s hardware and iPadOS software currently running.
In this guide, we’ll take you through the most common issues facing Apple’s iPad mini 5. We’ll also give you some tips and resources that may come in handy if you notice bugs and performance issues on your device.
iPad mini 5 problems
Some iPad mini 5 users are getting into trouble. And while some of these issues are minor bugs, others are much more problematic.
We see complaints about problems with iCloud Restore. This is also a common problem with new devices and can be quite tricky to fix. If you’re having trouble restoring iCloud, head here for a few possible solutions.
If you can’t activate your iPad mini 5, check Apple’s System Status Page and see if “iOS device activation” is green. If it’s not green, wait until it’s green and then try again.
If it’s green and you still can’t activate, check if you have a SIM card in your device. If you get “No SIM card” or “Invalid SIM card” error go here for help†
In addition to these problems, we see complaints about abnormal amounts of yellow tint† animations stutterconnectivity issues (Wi-Fi, LTE, Bluetooth), Touch ID issues, battery life issues, various apps issues, sound issues and a range of other issues.
We expect the list to grow as more people use the iPad mini 5 in 2022 and beyond.
Where to find feedback
If you’re running into issues on your iPad mini 5, are curious about issues affecting other users, or if you’re considering buying one, you’ll want to delve into feedback. There are a few places to do that.
We’ve also put together a guide to the top reasons to install and not install the latest iPadOS firmware now. Check it out if you need additional feedback.
Troubleshooting iPad mini 5
If you start noticing problems on your tablet, don’t make an appointment yet. Chances are you can fix the problem yourself in minutes.
First, check out our list of solutions to the most common iPadOS 15 problems. It covers Wi-Fi issues, Bluetooth issues and many others.
If your battery life isn’t enough, check out our list of tips. And if you notice abnormal amounts of lag or stuttering, check out our guide to fixing these issues.
If you can’t find a solution to your problem in one of these guides, skip to Apple Discussion Forums for possible solutions. The users there are generally very helpful.
Your iPad mini 5 may be under warranty, so they can offer you a replacement if there is a major defect.
How to downgrade your iPad mini 5 software
Sometimes you have the option to downgrade your iPad mini 5 from one version of iPadOS to another. This is useful if you can’t find a solution and can’t wait for Apple to fix your problems.
If you’re not familiar with the downgrade process, our iPadOS downgrade guide will walk you through everything you need to know.
It’s unclear when the next version of iPadOS will roll out.
Apple has confirmed that a new version of iPadOS 15 and iPadOS 15.5 is in beta testing ahead of public release. iPadOS 15.5 should be released sometime in May, along with iOS 15.5.
If your problems are really bad, you can try downloading the iPadOS 15.5 beta now on your iPad mini 5 and see if it helps to improve the performance.
Check out our walkthrough to learn more about iPadOS 15.5 and the beta. To learn more about the iPadOS 15.5 release date, see our guide.
4 reasons not to install iOS 15.4.1 and 11 reasons why you should
Install iOS 15.4.1 for better security
If security is important to you, then you should definitely consider installing Apple’s iOS 15.4.1 update right away.
iOS 15.4.1 has one new security patch on board and you can read more about it on Apple’s website† It helps protect your phone from damage.
If you missed the iOS 15.4 update, it had a whopping 36 new security patches on board. To learn more about these patches, visit: Apple’s security site for the details†
If you missed iOS 15.3.1, it had one security patch on board. For more information, visit Apple’s security page†
If you missed iOS 15.3, you will also get the corresponding patches with your upgrade. iOS 15.3 brought 10 new security patches for iPhone users. If you are interested in the details, you can read more about it here†
If you missed iOS 15.2.1, you will get the security patch with your upgrade. More information about the switch can be found at Apple’s website†
If you missed Apple’s iOS 15.2 update, you’ll get the 30+ security patches with your upgrade. You can read all about it on the company security site†
iOS 15.2 also included some significant privacy upgrades. The software brought the company’s app privacy report to Settings. This lets you see how many times your apps accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts, and more in the past seven days. You can also see their network activity.
In addition, iOS 15.2 . brought Apple’s communications security features for children. You’ll find these features in the Messages app, Siri, Spotlight, and Search.
If you missed iOS 15.1, iOS 15.4.1 will bring the security patches to your iPhone. You can read more about it at Apple’s website†
If you missed iOS 15.0.2, you will also get the security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about it here†
iOS 15.0 also brought numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you’re moving from iOS 14 and you’re interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read more about them at Apple’s security website†
Apple has updated its website with new information about iOS 15’s suite of security patches. The company now says the software has fixed an issue that could have exposed a user’s personal Apple ID information and in-app search history. It also states that iOS 15 has fixed an issue that allowed apps to ignore privacy preferences.
If you skipped iOS 14.8 or an older version of iOS, you will also receive the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.4.1 update.
In addition to these patches, iOS 15 comes with some security and privacy upgrades, including improvements to Siri. Requests to Siri are now processed on the device itself with Neural Engine. This makes it safer.
If you are an Apple Card user, you now get a security code that changes regularly to use when making online transactions.
Apple has also added a built-in authenticator similar to Google Authenticator. Allows you to generate verification codes for enhanced login security under your passwords.
There is also a Mail feature that hides your IP address.