While everybody is gawking at the newly launched redesigned powerful iPad Pros, Apple might be working on new iPad Minis that actually are affordable. Last we saw an Apple iPad Mini refresh was way back in 2015, so it’s clear that the old lineup is badly in need of an upgrade, however, the info simply is quite new and comes from a Chinese source. The iPad Mini 5, as it is called, could very well be seen next year.
A report by China Times suggests that the affordable 10-inch iPad Mini 5 could be announced as early as the first half of 2019 even though it did not pinpoint any dates. However, the source said that production could start as early as this month itself. Aside from that, there’s almost no info on the specifications or even the design of the upcoming new iPad Mini 5. The only thing which the report indicates, related to its design, is that the iPad Mini 5 could come with thin bezels. Whether this would lead to axing the Touch ID sensor or an introduction of Face ID is still not clear. Lastly, the new iPad Mini 5 will replace the current iPad 9.7-inch version, claims the report.
Do note that the iPad Mini 5 will be in a low-priced category of Apple products, so there are doubts it will have features such as Face ID. However, nothing concrete is known yet. For now, Apple seems to be working on trying to lift sales numbers of tablets the next year