iPad mini 5 and New ‘Entry-Level iPad’ Rumored to Arrive in First Half of 2019

We’ve been hearing about a pair of new iPads coming down the pike for a bit of time now, and we may see both surface before too long.

According to a new report from DigiTimes, Apple is planning on launching both a new iPad mini 5 and a new “entry-level iPad” sometime in the first half of 2019. The report is meant to outline the stable shipping expectations for German Interface Solutions (GIS) and TPK Holding, which are major Apple supply partners that handles touch panels for the company’s devices.

“Apple reportedly plans to launch two entry-level tablets in the first half of 2019, including a fifth-generation iPad mini and another entry-level iPad model, said the sources.”

As mentioned above, these two models are said to be entry-level devices, so it’s possible these two devices won’t carry a big price tag to market. However, the changes this year will ultimately dictate what we should expect from a price. We’ve already seen an early leak of the iPad mini 5 (called the “iPad mini 4s” at the time), and it hinted at a very subtle design change from the previous model. In that case, Apple may simply upgrade the cameras and the internals, which could keep the price down.

The other entry-level iPad, which is said to measure in at 10 inches, will be another situation altogether based on what we’ve heard already. This device will have a slightly larger display over the 9.7-inch iPad that’s available on the market now, which will be handled via the minimized bezels. That could see Apple hike up the price a bit.

Either way, it’s definitely starting to feel like we’re getting two new iPad options later this year, which is pretty exciting. On a personal note, an updated iPad mini is exactly the kind of tablet I want, so I’m hoping that specific device isn’t too big of a disappointment. Then again, the new iPad with its slightly reduced bezels might be the way to go. What’s the over/under on Apple including Face ID on these new iPads, you think?

[via DigiTimes]