Apple is ready to launch a new iPad mini and a revised form factor on the iPad, according to China Times. The iPad mini has not received an update since the fourth generation model debuted in 2015, as Apple continues to sell in 128GB configurations.
For the Apple 329 version in 2018, there were no physical appearance changes, focusing on a new processor and support for the Apple Pencil stylus. For 2019, apparently receiving industrial design updates to accommodate a slightly larger 10-inch screen …
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iPad Mini 5 was said to be wholly in a report from Ming -Chi Kuo, who said it should start in late 2018 or early 2019.
Today's Chinese media report says that the device could enter mass production by the end of December and propose a launch within the first few months of 2019.  For fans of the iPad mini-form factor, it's not yet clear what to expect from the iPad mini 5. Kuo has previously downgraded the update by saying it would include a cheaper screen and a processor bump. The Chinese report joins, and refers to the device as "cheap".
As Apple currently only sells the iPad mini in 128GB models from $ 399, there is plenty of ceilings for the company to get the price down.
The 10-inch iPad would apparently replace the 9.7-inch model in the lineup, with a thinner frame (a slim bezel design maybe) and expected to debut in the second half of 2019. The report suggests that the 10-inch iPad's price should not be so different from the iPad 329 iPad today. It's still geared towards iPad iPad.
Total iPad shipments for the whole of 2018 are expected to be slightly down compared to 2017. The later launch of iPad Pro in 2018 compared with 2017, where the Pro line was updated in June instead of November, is a contributing factor to the annual turnover.
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