Apple's iPad mini 5 may come with little to no design changes, but raw power will be improved

Apple's iPad mini 5 may come with little to no design changes, but raw power will be improved
Almost three and a half years after releasing the iPad mini 4, Apple is reportedly preparing to unveil a new diminutive tablet, possibly alongside a 10-inch or so direct sequel for 2018’s sixth-generation “standard” iPad with a 9.7-inch screen.

But proving the market has evolved at a snail’s pace since 2015, the iPad mini 5 is expected to “follow the design” of its ancient forerunner, according to information collected from “several accessories makers” by Japanese blog Macotakara.

These typically reliable sources claim everything from the Touch ID fingerprint sensor to the Lightning port and 3.5 mm headphone jack of the iPad mini 4 will be retained, as well as the general design language and, presumably, the overall dimensions and massive bezels.

So much for your hopes of seeing the modern “all screen” aesthetic, Face ID technology, and USB Type-C connectivity of the latest iPad Pro generation expanded to the entire family of iOS slates.

Of course, facial recognition integration and razor-thin bezels would have significantly increased the production costs of the impending iPad mini 5, so perhaps this is all for the best.

While it’s unclear exactly what price point Apple is targeting with its refreshed 7.9-incher, it will probably have to start significantly lower than the $329 tag of the 9.7-inch iPad (2018). Keep in mind that the iPad mini 4 is still available at the time of this writing, fetching $399 with 128GB storage space.

The outdated A8 processor is likely to be replaced with an Apple A10 or A10X inside the new iPad mini generation, so even though you may not be able to notice any changes at a glance, a substantial upgrade in power is in the pipeline.

The Apple A10X is the same chip used on the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and second 12.9-inch generation, while the 2018 iPad 9.7 packs a “regular” A10 SoC.

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9 Comments

1. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Not bad. Gonna get one for reading and home automation.

2. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

IOW, they will continue to be manufactured bent, and apple will say that is perfectly fine. The wobble when laying flat is by design

3. bucknassty

Posts: 1325; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

so just take some unsold 4's and put a new cpu in it... cash in!

4. scarface21173

Posts: 658; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Apple sure know how to milk it.

5. md227a

Posts: 226; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

If it comes in around $220-$250 I'll be picking one up.

8. kennybenny

Posts: 212; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Likely, $269

6. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Well, seeing Apple is into "recycling", and the fact that they did something similar with the iPhone 5SE, it's not much of surprise to hear this. I don't really care what an iPad Mini 5 might look like, as long as the internals are updated and it is roughly the same design as the iPadMini 2. Yes, it would be nice for it to follow the design of the new iPad the the thinner bezels and USB-C, but just upgrading the internals would be sufficient for me.

7. mr.joosue

Posts: 52; Member since: Nov 06, 2017

Just give it an A11 and some more RAM and I'll be happy

9. Jrod99

Posts: 714; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

I’m set for tablets for a while.

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