It’s been three years since Apple released the iPad Mini 4. To this day, its slim chassis and 7.9” LED display are still loved by many. However, even with the popularity of iPad Mini 4, some Apple fans can’t help but think: will Apple discontinue the iPad Mini line or is an iPad Mini 5 coming out very soon?
Although there is no official statement from Apple yet, we’ve scraped every corner of the web to get news about iPad Mini 5. Read on below.
iPad Mini 5 Release Date
Ming-Chi Kuo, a renowned Apple analyst, said that a new iPad Mini is in the works, and the public should see a sneak peek of it back on October 30, 2018. But it turned out that the new mini was not yet ready to be seen at the special press event, where Apple launched and displayed new iPad Pro models and a new Mac mini.
Since the event, Apple has kept iPad Mini 4 on sale, giving Apple fans hope that a new iPad Mini may soon arrive. In fact, rumor has it that Apple is launching iPad Mini 5 sometime in Spring 2019.
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There is also another indication that an iPad Mini 5 may be launched soon. According to reports, Apple registered a number of new iPad models a few weeks ago under the Eurasian Economic Commission (ECC). These models have been attributed to the following identifiers: A2123, A2124, A2126, A2153, and A2154. There’s also a separate filing for the A2152 and A2133.
Based on that information, people came up with varying assumptions. While some think that there will be two new iPad mini models and five new iPad models, others think the actual count will be the other way around.
iPad Mini 5 Price
Apple still hasn’t said a word on whether or not a new iPad Mini 5 will be launched soon. This is why we can only make guesses when it comes to its price.
But with the release of the new iPad 9.7in. at $329, it seems that the iPads under the Mini series will no longer be the cheapest iPads of Apple, which currently start at $399.
Then again, it is also possible that the iPad mini 5 will be introduced at a much lower price than the new iPad 9.7in, especially if Apple wants to appeal to schools and businesses. We can’t, however, expect the price to go lower than $300. It isn’t usual for Apple to cut the price of iPads to reach that price range.
iPad Mini 5 Specs
Design-wise, the iPad Mini 4 closely resembles the very first iPad Mini. It’s just that it’s been slimmed down a bit and more features have been added. If ever a new iPad Mini 5 arrives, can we expect a radical change in its design?
If ever it comes, it may be slightly thinner than its predecessor, which only measures 6.1mm. After all, Apple’s focus today seems to be targeted at creating smaller, thinner, yet feature-packed gadgets. It also features a big screen at 7.9 inches with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels.
Will the new iPad Mini 5 come in many different colors? It is possible. After all, Apple has registered seven new devices running on iOS 12 with the EEC. Apple fans are now thinking that the colors might be similar to the iPhone XR, which is available in white, yellow, blue, coral, black, and red.
The latest iPhone models do not have audio jacks for connecting headphones or speakers. Will the new iPad Mini have the same fate? Again, it is likely. But if we consider the 2017 and 2018 iPad Pro models that have built-in audio jacks, we can also assume that the iPad Mini 5 will have one, too.
In addition, the new iPad Pro models also have a Smart Connector on the left-hand side, which can be connected to an external keyboard. It’s likely to find this feature in the new iPad Mini 5.
Portable computing devices like iPads are generally dependent on battery power. With a very small battery size, how long will these devices go?
These days, Apple users have become used to the fast charging feature offered by Apple’s pencil-sized battery embedded in the newly released devices. Therefore, it is possible for us to have the same experience with the iPad Mini 5.
We’re still uncertain about what specs we can expect from the new iPad Mini, but avid Apple fans are speculating that the new model will have the following:
- A8 processor
- 128GB storage
- M8 motion coprocessor
- 8MP camera
- 2MP FaceTime camera
- Up to 10 hours of battery usage
That is everything we that can tell you for now about the much hyped and awaited iPad Mini 5. In the meantime, we’ll continue seeking facts to clear out those iPad Mini 5 rumors. We’ll definitely update this article with official news from Apple.
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