If a report coming out of China is to be believed Apple hasn’t completely ignored its iPad mini lineup. The business is reportedly preparing to launch a new fifth-generation iPad mini in the very first half of 2019. It will be the very first refresh for the smaller iPad since September 2015 when the iPad Mini 4 was released. The Cupertino-based iPhone maker will likewise unveil a new entry-level iPad, intending to improve the total iPad sales growth. The last new iPad designs presented by the company were the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro slates, which debuted in October this year.
The China Times is reporting (in Chinese) that the upcoming iPad mini refresh, like to be called as iPad mini 5, will go into mass production later on this month. The main launch is expected in the first quarter of 2019, which remains in line with TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s forecasts. Kuo had earlier mentioned that Apple will bring the smaller iPad model at its spring occasion next year. In addition, he had actually exposed that the brand-new iPad mini will feature “an upgraded processor” and an inexpensive display panel.
The iPad mini revitalize news will bring some cheer to lots of Apple fans, who had thought that the iPhone-maker had actually ceased the lineup in favour of the 9.7-inch iPad and the larger iPad Pro models.
While the China Times report is quiet on the iPad mini specifics, it does keep in mind that upcoming follower to the 9.7-inch iPad (2018) will have narrower bezels with the screen size getting a bump to over 10-inch. It will go into the mass production in 2019 with release in the second half of the year.
Meanwhile, Apple is believed to be preparing another iPhone production cut. In a recent investor note, Rosenblatt Securities expert Jun Zhang forecasted that the business could decrease the iPhone XR production orders by as much as 2.5 million units with the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max seeing cuts of 1 million and 500,000 systems respectively.For the latest tech news follow EPICdigest on Instagram, Facebook, or Apple News.