iPad Mini 5 and New Entry-Level iPad Said to Launch in First Half of 2019

Apple is said to be launching two new tablets in the first half of this year, including the rumored "iPad mini 5" as well as a likely replacement for its current entry-level iPad.

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DigiTimes made the claim today in a report highlighting stable shipment expectations for Apple's touch panel suppliers, Taiwan-based General Interface Solution (GIS) and TPK Holding.

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.

The claim follows a rumor carried last month by the China Times that Apple is preparing to launch a new ‌iPad mini‌ in the first half of 2019, followed by a new entry-level ‌iPad‌ in two versions, with at least one featuring a 10-inch display within a narrower frame.

Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed in October that Apple is working on a new version of the ‌iPad mini‌ with an upgraded processor and a lower-cost display panel, with the device being launched in 2018 or 2019.

Ironically, Kuo's prediction came two months after DigiTimes said it did not believe Apple plans to introduce an updated ‌iPad mini‌, and in fact has "no further plan" for the smaller tablet.

An alleged case for the next-generation ‌iPad mini‌ also surfaced in December that featured a vertical camera cutout, suggesting a camera arrangement similar to the iPad Pro with a rear flash, and a center microphone cutout.

Apple hasn't updated its smallest ‌iPad‌ since September 2015, but the device did receive a price cut in March 2017, with a 128GB capacity model costing $399.

As for the entry-level ‌iPad‌, Apple was previously reported to be launching the two new low-priced versions in 2019 to boost the sales growth of its affordable tablet options. The 9.7-inch ‌iPad‌ was last updated in March 2018 and in the same month the year before that.

Today's DigiTimes report cites industry sources claiming GIS will supply over 40 percent of the touch panels for the new iPads, while TPK and China-based O-film Technology will provide the remaining 60 percent.

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Top Rated Comments

Azeroth1 Avatar
28 months ago
Don’t toy with my emotions, I’ve been hurt before with promises of a Mini update.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mike MA Avatar
28 months ago
Let's see if Tim started to realize that some more affordable prices as well as frequent updates will boost Apple's sales again.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iModFrenzy Avatar
28 months ago
You must be a millennial.
Pointless response of the year goes to...

They want a device that probably would fit better than a 9.7in iPad or the larger latest offerings. I could’ve sworn pilots, for example, love using the Mini in their workflow which is great, the Mini is a great tool.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
clarkm Avatar
28 months ago
Hoping there's usb-c on all of them!
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sykora171 Avatar
28 months ago
Good to hear. Fingers crossed for an iPhone Mini in the upcoming years..my SE is starting to show it's age, but I will hold onto it until a smaller iphone comes.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Syrgul Avatar
28 months ago
Personally, I love my iPad Mini 2, and would really welcome an updated model. The mini, for me, is better for prolonged use when you're holding it. Back when I had a larger iPad (first iPad 2) I didn't want to have it in my hands for long. It needed to be propped up somewhere to use it. The Mini I can hold for hours on end (important when you're cramped in coach on airplanes) without wanting to just put it away. It's also a better size for sticking in say, a coat pocket, if I needed to run out somewhere where I'll be waiting for a while.

I just wish they didn't consider it 'entry level'. If they do introduce a Mini 5, but give it 4 year old tech, then no thanks, I'm out. I'll stick with what I've got. But if they can really overhaul it, then I'd welcome the new PRO design scaled down to the external dimensions of the iPad Mini. Something that will be powerful and portable would be a dream.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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