Apple is reportedly working on a new upgrade for the iPad Mini line. The company launched a major iPad Pro revamp just last year, and it’s looking to launch a new iPad Mini for those with a smaller budget.
Apple’s new iPad Mini, the new iPad Mini 5, will reportedly feature a similar design to the iPad Mini 4, according to Japanese blog Mac Otakara (via MacRumours). The blog reports that Apple is keeping the design of the new iPad Mini unchanged for this year, only moving the 3.5mm headphone jack to the top-center of the device to match the design on the recent iPad devices.
Design wise, the rest of the iPad Mini is expected to remain the same, including the same 7.9-inch display. What’s more, Apple will likely stick to Touch ID instead of introducing Face ID like on the new iPad Pro. And lastly, it will also stick to the Lightning connector on the new iPad Mini 5 instead of switching to a Type-C connector as it did with the iPad Pro 2018.
All this considered, the iPad Mini 5 seems like it will be more about under the hood improvements.
The new device is expected to launch in the first half of 2019, according to DigiTimes. It’s possible Apple will launch the new device along with its much-awaited AirPower wireless charger and the next-gen AirPods.