Apple is reportedly planning to release the iPad mini 5 and an updated 10-inch iPad in the first half of 2019. The report from China Business Times claims that Apple plans to launch the new tablets to stop its declining tablet sales but it is light on details about their specs and features.
Apple has not updated the iPad mini lineup in quite a few years now — it was last updated in September 2015. This is because the tablet as iPhone display sizes have increased, the demand for a smaller iPad has reduced.
As for the new 10-inch iPad, Apple had unveiled the 6th gen iPad with a 9.7-inch display in April this year. If the company sticks to the same timeframe, we should see it unveil the new 10-inch iPad and the iPad mini 5 in March or April 2019. The device will come with slightly narrow bezels to accommodate the increased display size.
The 10-inch iPad will likely sport Apple’s A11 Bionic chip, 3GB RAM, and support Apple Pencil 2. It should carry the same price tag as the existing model since it is aimed at students and creative minds who are on a tight budget. To keep costs low, Apple will be sourcing the 10-inch LED display and the display for the smaller iPad mini from Korean suppliers instead of Japanese vendors.
While a 10-inch 7th gen iPad for the first half of 2018 sounds plausible, I’d say it is better to take reports of an iPad mini refresh with a pinch of salt. There’s simply not enough demand for the tablet that Apple will consider refreshing it with updated internals.
Do you want Apple to unveil a refreshed iPad mini with faster internals? Or are you more interested in the 10-inch iPad?