After a long wait, the iPad mini 5 is finally here (starting at £399/US$399). The iPad mini 2019 supports Apple Pencil (£89/US$99) has an A12 Bionic chip, and is 3 times faster than its mini 4 predecessor – but not a lot has changed in terms of the physical design.
The Retina display remains 7.9in and the height, width and thickness remain the same as well. Though this means cases for the mini 4 should fit just fine, there are a few design differences that complicate matters.
First off, the rear microphone on the iPad mini 5 has moved from beside the rear camera to the top centre on the back of the device, so any case you buy will have to have a tiny opening on the back to accommodate this change.
The buttons, though all in the same positions, might also be slightly larger on the iPad mini 5 than on the mini 4, which again means you will need to pick up a case designed specifically for the mini 5. If you're a iPad mini 4 owner, see our dedicated round up of the best iPad mini 4 cases.
We're expecting more cases to join these ranks as we try them out and as more become available, so stay tuned. In the meantime, here are some of the best iPad mini 5 (2019) folio, rugged and keyboard cases we've seen so far.
iPad mini 5/mini 4 Smart Cover
Of course, the obvious place to start is with Apple's own offerings. The Smart Cover fits both the iPad mini 5 and the mini 4 – that's because it only covers the front of tablet, leaving the microphone on the back accessible.
The Smart Cover folds into a stand and automatically puts the iPad mini 5 into sleep mode upon closing.
ESR Folio Case for iPad mini 5
Here's an option from ESR designed specifically for the iPad mini 5. Though we haven't tried this case out ourselves just yet, we are excited to, so stay tuned for our final thoughts. We have seen great products from ESR before, so feel fairly confident about this offering.
What's particularly useful about this folio case for the mini 5 is that it comes with a holder for the Apple Pencil too. Like Apple's Smart Cover, it folds into a stand and has automatic sleep and wake functions – but it also protects the back of the device.
A soft microfibre lining on the inside keeps your screen safe from scratches. Not bad for around £15/US$15.
ESR Hard Shell Case for iPad mini 5
ESR's hard shell is an alternative for those who want to keep the back of the iPad mini 2019 protected too. It's a no-fuss clear case that should keep your mini 5 safe from bumps and scratches. It comes with a grip on the side too, to prevent slips.
ESR offers a 180 day warranty if you run into any issues. Available on Amazon for £10.99/US$6.99.
Ztotop iPad Mini 5 Folio Smart Case
The front cover has a handy strap for additional grip and an elastic band at the top lets you stow away your Apple Pencil. There's also a pocket to keep additional papers and notes. Everyone's happy.
Ledniceker Kids Case for iPad mini 1-5
Here's a tough case if you've bought the iPad mini 2019 for your little one. The Ledniceker kids' case uses a thick foam to cover the front, back and sides of the iPad mini 2019. The foam is the same material used in sneakers, so should endure considerable shock and wear. We also like the integrated handles on the side of the case that provide extra grip.
Conveniently, the case fits all models of the iPad mini. Available for £14.46/US$14.95 on Amazon.
SupCase iPad Mini 5 Case (2019)
If you're looking for rugged protection, you can't go wrong with SupCase's Unicorn Beetle Pro case for the iPad Mini 5, which comes with a built-in screen protector.
The Unicorn Beetle Pro uses a combination of hard shell and TPU to protect your device from drops and knocks. A kickstand on the back also lets you prop your iPad Mini up, while covers on the ports keeps dust and debris out.