Apple to soon launch iPad Mini 5, new 10-inch iPad
Apple is working to launch an updated version of its 10-inch iPad and a new, cheaper iPad Mini as early as this spring, according to Bloomberg. Interestingly, the new information is in line with a recent DigiTimes report which claimed that the company is planning to launch "a fifth-generation iPad Mini and an entry-level iPad model" sometime in early 2019. Here's our roundup.
The iPad Mini 5, successor to 2015's iPad Mini 4, is unlikely to feature any major design change. However, we expect an aluminum body, improved Touch ID, slimmer bezels, and improved cameras. The other model, expected to replace last year's 9.7-inch iPad, will feature a 10-inch screen with a faster processor and will retain Apple's proprietary Lightning port.
While we know Apple is working with Sony to implement 3D cameras on its next generation of iPhones, Bloomberg reports that the next iPad Pro will also feature these laser-powered 3D sensors. Notably, this upgraded model is planned for spring 2020.
Apple is also working to refine its upcoming mobile operating system, iOS 13, to introduce a system-wide dark mode along with improved CarPlay and other changes. Bloomberg claims the upcoming OS will also include iPad-specific upgrades such as a new home screen, tabbed apps, and improved file management. Moreover, a magazine subscription service and Apple's original video content may also debut with iOS 13.
According to reports, Apple plans to launch these new iPads sometime in early 2019, possibly around March. And as for pricing of these upcoming models, we currently don't have any details. That said, the mass production of these iPads should begin soon and we can expect a bunch of leaks over the coming few weeks.