The much-anticipated iPad mini 5 is almost here, but, it may not be the iPad mini you may have been hoping for. According to a new report, the iPad mini 5 will be faster but may keep the same design. Here’s everything we know about the iPad mini 5.
Many loyal iPad mini customers have been waiting more than four years for an updated iPad mini, and the wait may be over soon, but, not what they may be hoping for. According to reports from Mac Otakara, the iPad mini 5 will keep the same design as the dimensions are identical to the iPad mini 4.
The iPad mini 5’s biggest selling point will be its small size and affordability. Earlier reports pointed to Apple including an A9 chip, but we believe Apple will put either an A10 Fusion or, at the high-end, an A10X Fusion chip. An A10 Fusion chip will give it the same amount of power to the 2018 $329 iPad 6th generation.
Furthermore, we expect the iPad mini 5 to keep the lightning port and 3.5mm headphone jack. According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in October 2018, “Apple has been working on a new version of the iPad mini with an upgraded processor and a lower-cost panel.”
With the iPad mini 5 being touted as an “affordable” iPad, it will not include an edge-to-edge display like the iPad Pro or Face ID and TrueDepth. There’s a slight possibility that it may include support for the first-generation Apple Pencil, but we may have to keep dreaming for now.
We have compiled a list of iPad mini 5 related information below:
- October 2018: Ming-Chi Kuo, “Apple has been working on a new version of the iPad mini with an upgraded processor and a lower-cost panel.”
- December 26, 2018: New iPad mini 5 leak shows off cutouts for the camera, speakers, among more.
- January 25, 2019: Apple has registered upcoming iPad and iPad mini 5 models to ECC Database, launch soon.
- January 29, 2019: Upcoming iPad Mini To Support Apple Pencil And Smart Keyboard.
Late last month, developer Steve Troughton-Smith tweeted “It’s hard to glean much information about J210/J211, and J217/J218, the upcoming iPad models. It seems like both iPad sizes support a Smart Keyboard and Pencil.”
iPad mini 5 will be priced cheaper than the entry-level iPad at around $269 to $299. We expect the new iPad mini 5 to launch in March.