Original article from MacRumours.
Multiple reliable sources have said that Apple is working on a new version of the iPad mini, which will feature an upgraded processor(possibly the A10 or A10X), a lower-cost display panel, and a more affordable price tag.
Not much is known about the iPad mini 5, but it’s expected to be similar to the current iPad mini to keep costs down. Japanese site Mac Otakara says the iPad mini 5 will look similar to the iPad mini 4, based on discussions the site had with accessory makers who have heard details on Apple’s plans, and leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer has also said no major changes are in store. The iPad mini 5 is said to have the same dimensions as the iPad mini 4, with a thickness of 6.1mm and a 7.9-inch display. It will continue to have a Lightning connector, Touch ID, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Code found in iOS 12.2 indicates it could offer support for the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard. It will also retain the headphone jack, a feature removed on the iPad Pro models.
Citing supply chain sources, China Times says Apple will launch a new fifth-generation iPad mini in the first half of 2019 in order to revitalize flagging iPad sales, a rumor that’s also been repeated byDigiTimes. Bloomberg says that Apple could introduce the iPad mini 5 “as soon as spring.”
Apple in January registered seven new iPad models with the Eurasian Economic Commission, and at least some of these are believed to be the iPad mini. The others may be a new version of the low-cost 9.7-inch iPad.
The model numbers include 2123, A2124, A2126, A2153, A2154, A2133, and A2152. These filings, which are required for encrypted devices sold in Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia, are usually made not too far ahead of when a device launches, so the new iPad mini could be coming soon.
References to four new iPads (iPad 11,1 to iPad 11,4) have been spotted in iOS 12.2, and these numbers could also pertain to new cellular and WiFi iPad mini models. It’s possible that Apple is planning to release the new iPads right around when iOS 12.2 sees a public launch.
Apple is planning to hold a services-focused event on March 25, but rumors suggest the iPad mini 5 will not make an appearance. Apple could instead announce the new tablet via a press release sometime in March, and there have been rumors pointing towards a late March launch.
CASE LEAKS AND PHOTOS
Back in December, a case said to be for the fifth-generation iPad mini leaked, but it’s not believed that it’s an accurate representation of what we can expect from Apple’s tablet. It features quad speaker cutouts, and quad speakers are an iPad Pro feature that are unlikely to make their way way to a lower-cost iPad option.
A cutout on the side suggests possible Apple Pencil support, which is in line with rumors, as is the headphone jack at the bottom.
Along with the case, a photo of an unreleased iPad mini surfaced in January. The device is a rose gold iPad mini, a color never released, with a rounded antenna band.
The iPad in the photos otherwise looks quite similar to the current fourth-generation iPad mini, with two speakers, a Lightning connector, and a headphone jack. Earlier photos suggested a new iPad mini could feature an A9 chip, but later information suggests either an A10 or an A10X.
It’s not entirely clear if this iPad mini is the future iPad mini that Apple’s working on, but it’s certainly possible given its resemblance to the iPad mini 4 in light of rumors suggesting few design changes.
The iPad mini 4
After the 2014 iPad mini 3 was received with disappointment because it only included a minor Touch ID update, Apple totally overhauled the iPad mini in late 2015, introducing the iPad mini 4. The iPad mini 4 is essentially an iPad Air 2 in a smaller, iPad mini-sized package.
The iPad mini 4 is significantly thinner than previous-generation iPad mini models, measuring in at just 6.1mm thick like the iPad Air 2. Size wise, it’s still 7.9 inches when measured diagonally and it continues to be the smallest tablet in Apple’s iPad lineup, which also includes the 9.7-inch iPad Air 2 and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Aside from a much thinner body, the iPad mini 4 retains the same general design elements of the previous iPad mini, with a Retina display, rounded corners, thin bezels, and a Touch ID home button. It uses a new laminated gapless display technology for enhanced contrast and more vibrant colors, plus there’s an antireflective screen coating that cuts down on glare.
Inside, the iPad mini 4 has an A8 processor and M8 motion coprocessor, the same chips used in the iPhone 6, and it has 2GB of RAM, allowing it to support features like Split-View Multitasking. It includes an 8-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.4 aperture and support for 30 fps 1080p HD video. For the first time, the iPad mini can capture large panoramas up to 43 megapixels and 720 fps Slo-mo video. It also supports time-lapse video and can take burst mode photos.
There’s also a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera with an f/2.2 aperture that lets in 81 percent more light. The camera supports 720p HD video recording, HDR videos, and burst mode selfies. It also includes dual microphones for FaceTime calls.
With 802.11ac WiFi, the iPad mini 4 offers much faster maximum connection speeds than previous iPad models, and it includes Bluetooth 4.2 technology and support for 20 LTE bands.