Apple iPad Mini 5: Rumors, Release Date, Specs And Features
One of the Apple products that tech enthusiasts want to see is the iPad Mini 5. The Cupertino-based tech company hasn’t released a new mini tablet for more than 3 years now.
Has it been discontinued? If not, when can we expect it and what will be its specs and features?
The Release Date
Its predecessor – iPad Mini 4 – was announced and released back in September of 2015 with an introductory price of $399 USD. According to a well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, one of the reasons why Apple chose not to release a successor is because it has been replaced by large-screen smartphones (iPad Mini 4 features a 7.9-inch display). As a matter of fact, in a note to investors, Kuo revealed that there was a strong demand for low-priced 9.7-inch iPad in 2017.
Although it isn’t sure whether Apple will cut the iPad mini line, MacWorld notes that a DigiTimes report on 17 August 2018 indicated that the Cupertino tech company has no further plans for the iPad miniseries, but will continue to sell it. As for how long Apple will choose to sell the device and whether it will be the last, that remains to be seen.
But What If There Was An iPad Mini 5?
Well, if there is, one of the main things that need to be addressed first is the price tag.
During its launch, the iPad Mini 4 sported a price tag of $399 for its 16GB model. Today, the $399 price tag is for its 128GB model. Compare it to the iPad 2018 (32GB Wi-Fi variant) $329.
Noting the price tags, the mini tablet should at least feature a lower price. If not, then either people could just choose a smartphone with a larger screen or the 9.7-inch iPad.
Regarding iPad Mini 5 release date, given that the current model was released back in September 2015, we expect that it will be released in September 2019. Of course, this is assuming that Apple will stick with the schedule.
For the specs and features, there are a few things that fans would like to see, such as:
- A new design (thinner bezels, lighter, thinner, etc.)
- Powerful processor
- More battery life
- Fast charging
- microSD card slot
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