Apple's iPad mini 5 and another 'entry-level' iPad tipped for H1 2019 launch again

Apple's iPad mini 5 and another 'entry-level' iPad tipped for H1 2019 launch again
Released back in 2015, the iPad mini 4 has spent all this time waiting for a sequel

Apple’s beautiful, powerful but divisive new iPad Pro variants are barely a couple of months old, which isn’t stopping the rumor mill from running at full capacity when it comes to future iOS-powered tablet releases.

Of course, that’s mainly because a successor to last year’s popular non-Pro 9.7-inch model is widely expected to hit stores sometime this spring. Alongside the entry-level seventh-generation iPad, a somewhat surprising new iPad mini could also see daylight, according to a number of fairly reliable sources.

The latest publication to forecast a vague H1 2019 announcement for two different “entry-level” iPads is Digitimes, whose hit-and-miss supply chain insiders seem to essentially confirm a previous report from China.

Unfortunately, these anonymous “industry sources” have no specifics to share about the two upgraded non-Pro iPads, one of which would be released roughly three and a half years after the last iPad mini generation

Be that as it may, the long overdue iPad mini 5 was rumored a little while back to retain its forerunner’s design. No razor-thin bezels or Face ID recognition for this compact new model, which should obviously replace the Apple A8 processor powering the 2015 version with a newer and faster chip.

Meanwhile, the 9.7-inch display of the iPad (2018) generation could extend to a full 10 inches for a refreshed model likely to keep bezels to a minimum. It remains to be seen if Apple is perhaps planning to launch revamped AirPods with wireless charging support, as well as the oft-delayed AirPower wireless charging mat at the same spring event as these two new iPads.

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6 Comments

1. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

I can get 3 of minis for the replacement of my old ipad air 2s. One for kitchen(cookbook), bedroom (e-books) and living room ( home automation)

4. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

I can't wait for when foldable displays are released this year. Especially when they have the potential to kill off small tablets, and be a smartphone all in one device. That will be the true 2 in 1 device.

2. libra89

Posts: 2155; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Again, I'll believe the updated mini when I see it. Also how many times do we really need to update the entry level iPad? The current one has Apple Pencil support...unless this is to add Face ID.

3. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2235; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

While I have been knocking Apple over their latest product launches, I do have to give them credit where credit is due. The entry level iPad is actually weirdly enough a good deal. I bought the 2018 model and I use it more than any Android or Chromebook that I have. With that being said, Apple please don’t screw this up.

5. KingSam

Posts: 1336; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Same boat here.

6. Zylam

Posts: 1769; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Hopefully the 7th gen model will support the second gen Apple Pencil. Perhaps a stretch but a fully laminated display would make this an instant buy. Also USB-C!

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