When the rumors of a new iPad Mini began to emerge at the end of last year, I said that if they were real, they would continue to include details and leak about the hardware as we get closer to the release. It seems as though Mini rumors are true this time, as we have had a steady stream of reports. Today, a new one from the Japanese site brings Macotakara who can disappoint anyone, but will make perfect sense to others.
According to this new report, the upcoming iPad Mini 5 will be a close carbon copy of the current Mini 4, at least on the outside. The rear microphone can move to the middle of the back, but the rest will be very familiar. It will include TouchID, a lightning port and even the dreaded headphone jack.
The inside of the new Mini will change, but not so much. The Mini 4, which was released four years ago, had an A8 processor. The new one will probably have an A1
These details clearly state that the new iPad Mini will be a budget-conscious device. Apple has the same basic design and feature set that makes it easy for Apple to keep the price low without sacrificing its beloved high profit margins. Going with the A10 may seem to be too low, but this processor seems pretty good in the current iPad, so it should be good for the new Mini.
A recent reputation that is noticeably absent is the inclusion of a Smart Connector and Apple Pencil support. To be honest, while I would be excited if Apple included these premium features in the new Mini, I still have a hard time believing it. I just don't see how the cost these features will add to the budget-conscious design that all other rumors have pointed out.
The key to the new iPad Mini 5 is definitely a price. If Apple is to use the A10 and keep the same design, they should be able to beat a very competitive price point, which will be crucial to running sales. Maybe just maybe they'll finally get into the elusive $ 299 starting price they've never met with a new iPad before. I think this new low is crucial for the Mini 5 if these reports are true, because if Apple is just trying to push the Mini into iPad's current price of $ 329, they would certainly deserve the criticism guaranteed to recover.
For now, my money is on Apple doing the right thing here and bringing the Mini 5 to the market at a very attractive low price. With a rumored bigger screen and better specifications, a rumored new iPad would be worth a slight rise over its 329 $ starting point. This pair of tablets would make the lower end of Apple's iPad lineup stronger than ever, so I really hope we'll see both of these new devices next month or so. With the recent iPad Pro sales, these new lower options can be the perfect compliment to keeping your sales going.