iPad Mini 5, AirPower charging pad, and new AirPods to arrive by early 2019: Kuo

iPad Mini 5, AirPower charging pad, and new AirPods to arrive by early 2019: Kuo
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iPhone season is officially over but that doesn’t mean Apple is done for the year. On October 30, the company is expected to announce a new range of iPad Pro models. But according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the Silicon Valley giant also has a few more products up its sleeves that will launch at a later date.

Kicking things off with the company’s accessories, Kuo believes that Apple’s controversial AirPower charging pad will finally launch during the fourth quarter of 2018 or the first three months of 2019. During this same period, the analyst also sees Apple releasing a pair of updated AirPods.

Recently, most reports have suggested that Apple has no further plans for the iPad Mini line. According to Kuo’s latest research note, though, the company is indeed working on a fifth-generation model and it could be unveiled at the company’s annual spring event in March. However, as this is not a Pro model, the same design is expected to be maintained. Instead, the refresh will focus mainly on a more powerful processor – the current model uses the Apple A8 chip.

As mentioned above, Apple is expected to announce a range of redesigned iPad Pro models next week that will be sold in 11-inch and 12.9-inch variants. These are also set to be joined by a new Apple Pencil. At the moment, it’s unclear what kind of improvements it will bring or if the new stylus will be compatible with previous iPads, but fingers crossed Apple has figured out a more intuitive way to charge the accessory.


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16 Comments

1. gamehead unregistered

What’s his track record like

2. joshuaswingle

Posts: 413; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Quite accurate

3. libra89

Posts: 2221; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I'll believe the new Mini when I see it and it has been confirmed.

6. yonith

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Agreed. We’ve been promised an update for years now.

4. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

I might pick one up for my living room but I'm definitely getting a new pro model.

13. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

I might get one too. I use my ipad mini 4 as homehub in my kitchen.

5. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2118; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I believe it will have the A11 processor in this one. Not bad for $450-$500...Same form factor

11. Trex95

Posts: 2320; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Hope it’s A11 for that price Apple will give A10 not even A10x :(.

7. yonith

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

I would definitely buy a mini with an A11 in it. My Air 2 with the A8X is getting a little long in the tooth. I do appreciate its laminated display though.

8. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2118; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Going to an iPad Pro 10.5 is a big upgrade for what you have. I am more of a fan of larger models as I already have XS Max. Why do you need a Mini? I am all in on a 12.9-13" iPad Pro 2018 WiFi.

10. mr.joosue

Posts: 52; Member since: Nov 06, 2017

I understand what you're saying but we all can't afford a XS Max nor does it have the same functionality as an iPad. As soon as I got my hands on an iPad mini I couldn't get used to the regular 9.7". I will always appreciate the fact that I can fit an iPad in my cargo shorts and I was very sad to hear that they had no plans for a newer model.

9. mr.joosue

Posts: 52; Member since: Nov 06, 2017

Stop getting my hopes up with an iPad mini 5

12. Trex95

Posts: 2320; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Apple please iPad mini pro same as iPad 10.5 pro!.

14. TechNeck

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

I don't think it's likely an iPad Mini will come out.

15. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2118; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I am hoping Apple allows iPad Pro become an Air Power charger on its glass. Talk about innovation to charge Apple Watch, AirPods, and my iPhone. I can see Apple changing the game with thus functionality!

16. geordie8t1

Posts: 268; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

I would love an ipad mini 5, i want a it for my drone, and if ipad mini came with bezelless display that would be amazing but i cant see either tbh, im more inclined to think they will reduce the Ipad 2019 editions bezels, thus getting a 9.7" tablet inside an 8.9"tablet making it almost mini without the moniker but still utilising a full size screen

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