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

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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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