The iPad mini 5 is likely to retain almost the same design as the iPad mini 4. So far, we have seen a couple of leaks that claim to represent the overall frame of the device. In December, a case leak showed an iPad mini with a large camera cut-out for flash support. This case also includes a headphone jack and possibly support for the Smart Connector.
Last month, an unpublished version of the iPad mini was depicted on photos published on the Internet, which drew a slightly different picture. The only difference between these images and the current iPad mini 4 is the redesigned antenna along the top, which corresponds to the current 9.7-inch iPad.
In addition, it is expected that the iPad mini 5 will retain support for Touch ID, which indicates that Apple will not translate the device into a borderless design with Face ID support this year.
Ultimately, although the small details are unclear, the evidence suggests that the iPad mini 5 will not be the main design rework that some had hoped for. The device may have an upgraded antenna design and possibly an advanced camera setup, but other than that you should not expect a lot of changes.
The iPad mini 4 uses the Apple A8 processor, which was first used with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, introduced in 2014. It goes without saying that the processor begins to let know about its age in 2019. Ming-Chi Kuo was the first to report this. In October, iPad mini 5 will be equipped with an “upgraded processor.”
Specific features are unclear, but the current 9.7-inch iPad uses the A10 Fusion chip. We expect that the upgraded iPad mini 5 will have something similar that will ensure its future and give you the opportunity to receive iOS updates in the foreseeable future.
According to reports, iPad mini 5 will have a “cheaper panel”. Here things are a bit perplexing. IPad mini 4 is equipped with a 7.9-inch Retina display with a resolution of 2048 to 1536.
The iPad mini 4 display is fully laminated. This is possible when Apple cuts costs a bit, since the 9.7-inch iPad does not have a laminated display. It is possible that when Kuo says that the display is “cheaper”, this is what he means.
Although this is not confirmed, there is also evidence that the new iPad mini 5 will support the connection of the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. Apple Pencil support makes sense because Apple recently added it to a 9.7-inch iPad, but support for the Smart Keyboard is puzzling. With a 7.9-inch display, the keyboard connected to the iPad mini is likely to be pretty cramped.
The only thing that brings together almost all the reports on the iPad mini 5 is that they all say that the device will be “cheap” or “cheaper”. Just recently, last week, Bloomberg announced that a 7.9-inch tablet would be “cheap.” It is assumed that the price will be lower than that of the iPad mini 4 for $ 399.
Currently, a 9.7-inch iPad costs $ 329, and it’s no wonder that the iPad mini 5 costs a little below that cost — $ 299. The low cost is due to Apple’s focus on internal improvements, leaving the exterior design the same.
iOS 12.2, which is currently in beta testing, contains links to several new iPad models, one of which is probably the iPad mini 5. This suggests that the iPad mini 5 will be released along with iOS 12.2, for excluding any delays. Apple also recently registered new iPad models in the Eurasian regulatory database, which usually happens a few months before the release of the device.
iOS 12.2 is on the second beta, so the March release is definitely on the table. This fits well with the precedent set by Apple last year when it presented the 9.7-inch iPad at an educational event in Chicago. Last year, Apple also made several announcements in press releases in March.
Since 2019, the updated iPad mini is the last thing many expected to see. Nevertheless, it is obvious that we are approaching the release of iPad mini 5. The device will be equipped with an upgraded processor, but generally corresponds to the design of the iPad mini 4. It may also include support for the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil, as well as a lower price tag.