Apple Expected to Launch New iPad Mini As Early As This Year

Posted on October 23, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Apple, Hardware, iOS, Mac and macOS with 24 Comments

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After the new iPhones, Apple is set to reveal new hardware at an event next Tuesday, on the 30th of October. This time around, the company’s focus will be on the iPad and Mac–two of its product lines that aren’t doing as well as the iPhone.

Apple is already expected to introduce a new iPad Pro, with an edge-to-edge display like the iPhone X. The device is getting rid of the home button and thus Touch ID, replacing it with Face ID as seen on the latest iPhones. The upgrade will introduce an improved display, but more importantly: Type-C ports. The new iPad Pro will be Apple’s first step towards bringing Type-C onto the iPhone, starting off with the upcoming iPad Pro devices.

According to a new report from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumours), the company will reportedly introduce a new, redesigned Apple Pencil at Tuesday’s event, too.

There could be one more thing, though: a new iPad Mini. Apple is reportedly working on an upgraded iPad Mini with improved processors and a lower-cost panel. The iPad Mini is long due for a serious upgrade, and this could be it. The iPad Mini obviously needs support for Apple Pencil as well, and support for the new Apple Pencil could make it worth the purchase over the $329 iPad aimed at students.

Kuo says Apple may or may not launch the new iPad Mini at its event on Tuesday. It’s possible we will get to see the new iPad at the event, but there’s a possibility of the device launching in early 2019 instead. We shall see.

Along with the new iPad Pro and possibly the iPad Mini, Cupertino is reportedly going to launch a new low-cost MacBook, likely as an upgrade to the MacBook Air. The company is reportedly going to introduce upgrades to the iMac, Mac Mini, and the regular MacBook, too.

Oh, and, remember the AirPower and the new AirPods? Those could make an appearance too.

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