REVIEW: iPad mini 5: UK price, release date, news and other rumours surrounding Apple's 'iPad Pro mini'


Will Apple re-christen the machine the 'iPad Pro mini'? We may not have long to wait to find out


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The iPad mini has been a firm favourite among tablet users for a few years now.

The bag-friendly little tablet was last given an upgrade in September 2015. And experts are speculating on whether or not it will be brought into the 'iPad Pro' fold in 2017.

As such, we could see the unveiling of an "iPad Pro mini" this year rather than the iPad mini 5. That could mean it comes with its own, smaller, version of the Apple Pencil stylus.

Here's everything we know (or think we know) about the next mini iPad. Keep checking back as we'll update this page when we know more.



Ipad Mini

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Supply chain sources seem to be suggesting we could see the next iPad mini unveiled in a matter of days.

Apple doesn't publicise its events until the last second, but sources on its supply chain have been talking to Apple-focused site MacRumours .

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"Apple is expected to announce new products later this month, most likely between Monday, March 20 and Friday, March 24, according to reputable supply chain analysts we spoke to who wish to remain anonymous," the site reported.

Unfortunately, the sources stopped short of revealing exactly which products are to be revealed.

Apple's online store is currently down for scheduled "maintenance", suggesting the new iPad Mini is about to be unleashed.
Release date

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Apple almost certainly has a new version of the iPad mini ready to roll - even if production hasn't yet ramped up.

According to Taiwan-based DigiTimes, which cites those ever-reliable unnamed "supply chain workers”, Apple started production in December 2016 for an early 2017 launch.

Traditionally, Apple holds its first event of the year in March. Last year, Apple used an event in March to reveal the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

It holds true that the company may take the same approach in 2017 and that would square nicely with the latest rumours mentioned above. However, Apple usually launches its products swiftly after revealing them.

Conceivably, the next iPad Mini could be available to buy by the middle of April.
Price


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Apple is expected to introduce a new iPad Mini at the current pricing and shift the iPad Mini 4 down the chain.

That would mean it would launch at £379 for the 32GB model and £469 for the 128GB version. Of course, when Apple does put up its prices, it does so nice and quiet-like. So we can’t guarantee the same pricing, but it’s a good base estimate.

You can also expect to add an extra £100 on top if you want to have 3G compatability.
Design


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According to Neurogadget , the new iPad mini will only be 5mm thick, meaning Apple will have shaved 1.1mm off the iPad mini 4.

"This news has pleased some fans, but others are worried that a thinner body is not really the best idea, because the battery must be reduced in order to fit inside the carcass," writes the site.

Meanwhile, other reports have suggested that Apple will trim the bezel around the edges of the tablet and introduce and OLED display for the first time. Broadly speaking, that means better colours because each pixel provides its own illumination rather than needing a backlight.

What will be really interesting to see is whether Apple decides to echo the iPhone 7 and drop the headphone jack for the next iPad. There’s been no reports of it so far but we’ll update this piece if and when that changes.

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Specs

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Apple’s newest iPads will undoubtedly be the most powerful yet.


Several Apple specialist sites are suggesting the iPad mini 5 will come with an upgraded A9 processor. That means it'll run faster and there will be better graphics for gaming.

However, the camera is heavily rumoured to stay the same. That means, there's likely to be an 8MP camera on the back and a 1.2MP camera on the front. But then again, if you're using a tablet to take pictures you've got bigger problems.

According to Cult of Mac, there's a chance of a smaller battery being fitted to the iPad mini 5. This isn't necessarily a bad thing as battery tech has improved to a point where a smaller battery is still as efficient as last year's larger ones.

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