With the holidays winding down, and 2019 quickly approaching, we are now entering prime leak season for Apple. A new leak for the upcoming iPad mini 5 shows off a case with camera cutouts, speaker cutouts, and some interesting design changes for the new mini. Here’s everything we know so far about the rumored upcoming iPad mini 5.
The iPad mini is the smallest iPad that Apple still sells in-store and online. It was rumored for a long while that Apple had plans to scrap the iPad mini entirely to focus on both the regular iPad and iPad Pro lines. But, in October, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple is “working on a new version of the iPad mini with an upgraded processor and a lower-cost panel.”
Kuo says, “iPad mini 5 would arrive in either late 2018 or early 2019.” According to a report by 9to5Mac, the iPad mini 5 has entered production, therefore, we may see it sometime in the first quarter of 2019.
With that, a recent leak shows off a case for the iPad mini 5 that has all the cutouts for the new iPad. A tweet made by Slashleaks on December 24th, 2018, shows this:
The most obvious change for the new mini is the camera cutout. According to the leak, the iPad mini 5 may have the same camera/mic/flash vertical combination that the current iPad Pro line has.
In the past, Apple has typically taken design cues from existing products when they design new products to have uniformity across the line-up and to have it be instantly recognizable as an iPad.
Furthermore, if you look at the image closely, it looks as if Apple is putting the stereo speakers from the iPad Pro in the new iPad mini. There are two cutouts at the top, and two at the bottom that signifies Apple has implemented stereo speakers.
If you look at the top left of the case, it looks as if Apple is keeping the headphone jack alive with the iPad mini. Although, we do not have any other shots to back that claim up, so it is too close to call it.
With Kuo saying the iPad mini is expected to be cheaper than the current $399 iPad mini, even possibly the $329 iPad, we do not expect features like Apple Pencil support, or 120 Hz panel, or even the edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display as Kuo stated earlier that iPad mini 5 will have a “lower-cost panel.”
Of course, these are all just rumors and leaks, and we will learn more about the iPad mini 5 when Apple officially debuts it sometime early 2019.
We should expect 32, 64, and 128 GB configurations at the start, and should be available in Silver, Space Grey, or Gold.
The current iPad mini comes only in a 128 GB configuration and is available Silver, Space Grey, or Gold, and retails for a steep $399. We recommend the $329 iPad 6th generation, or just wait out until the iPad mini 5.