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What's the best way to order the iPad mini 5

iPad mini 2019 with Apple Pencil
iPad mini 2019 with Apple Pencil

What's the best way to order the iPad mini 5

Best answer: As the first new iPad mini in 3 1/2 years launches, you should make your purchase through the Apple website. Still, there are other choices.Order directly: iPad mini 5 (opens in new tab) (starting at $399)Amazon: iPad mini 5 (opens in new tab) (starting at $399)Best Buy: iPad mini 5 (opens in new tab) (starting at $399)Don't forget: Apple Pencil (1st generation) (opens in new tab) ($99)

Which one is your favorite?

The 7.9-inch iPad mini 5 is available in silver, space gray, and gold. You can purchase it with 64GB or 256GB of storage, Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi + Cellular:

iPad mini 5:

  • $399 for 64GB Wi-Fi
  • $529 for 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular
  • $549 for 256GB Wi-Fi
  • $679 for 256GB Wi-Fi + Cellular

By mail or at an Apple retail store?

When ordering your new iPad mini, you'll need to decide how quickly you'd like it in your hands, and whether you want to drive to your local store on launch day. If you choose to have your iPad mini order mailed to you, you're at the whim of your local UPS or FedEx drivers.

If you're considering trading in your old iPad for some extra cash, you can do that online or at your local store (opens in new tab) — up to you.

How to order it

There are a few different ways to purchase your new iPad Pro, how you choose mostly depends on what's more convenient for you.

The best way to order online: The Apple Store app

If you want to avoid slow web pages, you can use your iPhone or current iPad to order via the Apple Store app. The app is quick, easy, requires very little effort on your part, and best of all — you can use Apple Pay. You can even designate your new iPad for in-store pickup within the app.

Free - Download now (opens in new tab)

If you want to use a computer: Apple Online

If you don't have a reason to do otherwise, Apple.com (opens in new tab) remains the easiest way to order your new iPad online.

When ordering through Apple, you can use Apple Pay, which is perhaps the easiest way to order something on the planet!

Write this down

The iPad mini 5 is the first 7.9-inch iPad that supports Apple Pencil. In this case, it supports the first generation accessory (opens in new tab).

What about Amazon and Best Buy?

In recent years, Amazon has become a powerhouse Apple retailer. In doing so, you can often get Apple products and accessories at a discount, although probably not the iPad mini 5 around its launch. If you're a My Best Buy member, that retailer is also worth considering because you might be able to save some quick cash.

Bryan M Wolfe
Staff Writer

Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.