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iPad Mini 5: release date, news and rumours

iPad Mini 5: release date, news and rumours

Apple has always had a tradition of releasing new products in September or October, but in 2016, they made a surprising move and brought the iPad Pro 9.7 out in March. It is 50/50 as to whether or not there will be the iPad Mini 5 in two months or not. It is unlikely Apple will completely kill off their range of iPads and there have been rumours circulating about the possible release of a new Mini alongside the iPad Pro 2.

 

What to expect:

 

Design

According to some of the latest information that has been leaked, the iPad Mini 5 will be comparable to its predecessor. This should mean that it will have a slim shell but be lighter than the iPad Mini 4. Rumours also suggest that the tablet will have a fingerprint scanner built into the screen.

Screen

It is highly likely that the size of the screen will remain the same at 7.9inches with the resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels. There is little need to increase the resolution on this model as the Mini 4 already has a sharp enough screen. There is however, a possibility that Apple will add the 3D Touch, pressure sensitive technology that allows the user to interact with the device fluently based on the pressure of their touch.  

The Camera and Battery Life

For years, Apple has opted to use an 8MP rear camera and a 1.2MP front camera. Two years ago both cameras were upgraded on the iPhone 6 and iPad Pro 9.7 , the rear camera becoming 12MP and the front becoming 5MP. This makes it more than likely that the cameras on the new iPad Mini 5 will see an upgrade. 

 Hardware 

The iPad Pro 2 is expected to be powered by an A10X chip as we can expect that the iPad Mini 5 will use older hardware (something like the A9X chip from the iPad Pro 9.7, or even the A10 Fusion chip from the iPhone 7).  The RAM capacity won’t incur any changes, as the iPad Mini 4 already performs well with 2GB.

Price Point

We are estimating that the iPad Mini 5 will have the same or similar release price to the iPad Mini 4, with the 32GB version costing around £379

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