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How much is a first-generation iPad mini worth?

The Apple iPad Mini was released in November 2012 and was a completely new design compared to older iPads. This model is much smaller, with a 7.9-inch screen size, lighter, and thinner, hence the name, iPad Mini. Apple’s Philip Schiller stated the “iPad mini is as thin as a pencil and as light as a pad of paper, yet packs a fast A5 chip, FaceTime HD and 5 megapixel iSight cameras and ultrafast wireless―all while delivering up to 10 hours of battery life.”

Since it’s release there have been numerous, new and improved iPad Mini tablets:

When was the iPad Mini 1st generation discontinued?

The larger capacity models, 32GB and 64GB, were the first iPad Mini tablets to be discontinued by Apple in October 2013, and this was followed a couple of years later in June 2015 for the remaining 16GB version. 

Can the iPad Mini 1st generation update to the latest IOS?

A iPad Mini is only able to receive the 2015 IOS 9 software updates. Unfortunately, due to hardware limitations, when Apple released the IOS 10 software update in 2016, the iPad Mini was missed off the list of devices able to receive it.

How much is a first-generation iPad mini worth?

Due to the age of a first generation iPad mini and the device's inability to receive the latest IOS software updates, the iPad Mini 1 has a low value.

Many recycling companies will only offer minimal value for these tablets of around £3 (March, 2021) for a fully working device in good condition. For faulty devices, there is often no value and recycling companies will often recycle these iPads free of charge. Where possible these iPads would be refurbished or broken down in to their individual components for recycling.

On sites such as eBay and Amazon, there are sellers listing these tablets for around £30 - £50 (March, 2021) for a fully working device, and around £5 - £10 (March, 2021) for a faulty device, so selling your iPad mini 1st generation privately would be the best way to achieve maximum value for the device.