The report, first discovered by Japanese blog Mac Otakara claims that Apple is preparing to launch the so-called iPad mini 5 in the first half of next year in an attempt to stop a general decline in iPad sales , with mass production expected to start by the end of December.
Apple has not updated its smallest iPad since September 201
Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed in October that Apple is working on a new version of the iPad mini with an upgraded processor and a cheaper display panel, with the device launched in 2018 or early next year.
In particular, Kuos assumed two months after DigiTimes said it did not believe Apple plans to introduce an updated iPad mini, and actually has no further plan for the smaller tablet.
As for Apple's iPad on iPad, today's report claims that next year Apple will replace its sixth generation 9.7-inch iPad with a similar priced model that has a 10-inch screen in a narrower frame. Following a strong sale of the 2017 model, Apple said launching two cheap versions of iPad in 2019 to boost sales growth. A more accurate launch time frame was not provided, although Apple's 9.7-inch iPad was last updated in March 2018 and the same month the year before.
Apple's 9.7-inch iPad is thicker, heavier and has fewer features than iPad Pro models, but it supports Apple Pencil and is Apple's most affordable tablet, starting at $ 329.
Today's report states that Apple plans to reduce production costs for the two iPads by reducing the amount of LED purchases in Japan and switching to Korean LED monitors.