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iPad Mini 5 release date, price, updates: Apple’s next iPad coming in 2017

Apple is expected to release iPad Mini 5 with improved features in March 2017. Even though Apple fans keenly expected the release of iPad Mini 5 during the September 7 event, the company only announced iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and Apple Watch Series 2.

According to industry analysts, the iPad Mini 4 was launched in September 2015. Hence, the tech enthusiasts expected the release of iPad Mini 5 on September 2016. According to latest reports emerging from the rumor mills, the upcoming iPad Mini will be launched in March 2017.

iPad Mini 5 design

Talking about the design, the Apple iPad Mini 5 is also rumored to ship with the same aluminum material, which was originally used on the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. The main attraction of forthcoming iPad Mini is the possible elimination of headphone jack to accommodate lightning port connector. Moreover, you can also expect the addition of dust and water resistance features.

iPad Mini 5 to ship with pressure sensitive technology

Expected to be equipped with pressure sensitive 3D touch technology, the iPad Mini 5 features a 7.0-inch retina display, 3GB RAM, and 32GB internal storage. Interestingly, the internal storage can be expanded by up to 256GB. Apple devices will not allow expansion of storage but iPad Mini 5 will be a new refresh.

New iPad Mini will have Apple A10 processor and thin body

Since the recently launched iPhone 7 shipped with Apple A10 processor, the new iPad Mini will also feature this processor. You will be able to experience improved performance coupled with low heating. As per reports, the iPad Mini is expected to be thinner (5mm) than the previous counterparts, which had 6.1mm thickness.

If the upcoming iPad Mini comes with a thinner body, you can expect smaller battery with a 5124mAh capacity. However, the upcoming tablet will not compromise on the battery life. On the imaging segment, you can expect 8MP rear camera alongside a 1.2MP front-facing snapper.

There are reports that Apple is expected to launch an iPad Pro with a 10.5-inch display. Moreover, the retina display infused with iPad Mini will be larger than the currently available iPad Mini variant. That being said, it will be smaller than the 10.5-inch display of the rumored iPad Pro.

iPad Mini 5 Price

Apple is expected to release two variants of iPad Mini 5. The first model with 32GB internal storage and Wi-Fi will be available at $430. The Wi-Fi with 4G model alongside 128GB storage will be priced at $770.


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