Its been several years since Apple updated its iPad Mini lineup, but it looks like the company might have a brand new iPad Mini 5 up its sleeve.
If you’re in the hunt for a new tablet, you’ve probably heard about Apple’s new iPad Pro. The company’s new iPad Pro models made their debut at Apple’s October 30th event and they bring some exciting changes to Apple’s iPad lineup.
In a bit of a twist, it looks like the two new iPad Pro models could be joined by another iPad model, a successor to the iPad Mini 4 that Apple launched all the way back in September, 2015.
iPad Mini rumors have been rather quiet in 2018 so that’s what makes this rumor from respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo so surprising.
Kuo believes Apple is planning to launch a brand new iPad Mini 5 and the launch could happen before the end of the year.
As of right now we know very little about this rather mysterious piece of hardware. Before you get too excited, Kuo seems to think the new iPad Mini will be a modest upgrade meaning it probably won’t share much in common with the new iPad Pro models.
That said, we know some people have been waiting years for Apple to deliver a new version of its iPad Mini. And with a potential launch event on the horizon, many people in the hunt for a new tablet might want to wait a few more days before buying a new iPad model.
In this guide we’re going to take you through the best reasons to wait for the rumored iPad Mini 5.
We’re also going to take you through a few reasons to think about skipping the iPad Mini 5 and going with another model today, tomorrow, or sometime in the near future.
Wait for An Affordable 2018 Flagship
If you want a newer iPad model, but don't want to shell out for Apple's iPad Pro line, think about waiting for the iPad Mini 5.
Apple's new iPad Pros require a sizable investment. If Apple does release an iPad mini 5, it'll likely be cheaper than the base iPad Pro model.
Apple's iPad Mini 4 only comes in one storage size, 128GB, and it still commands a $399 price point. The company's newer 9.7-inch model, which comes with Apple Pencil support and newer hardware, starts at $329 and goes up to $429.
We don't know how Apple will price the new iPad Mini 5, but we could see it, and its new hardware, slot in at that $399 price point.
We also expect to see a flurry of iPad deals emerge during the holidays as retailers look to clear out their inventory.
We'll likely see deals on the iPad Mini 4, 9.7-inch 2018 iPad, and the new iPad Pro models with the best deals coming in November around Black Friday and in December before Christmas.
So even if Apple doesn't announce the iPad Mini 5 later this year, you should be able to find an affordable iPad in 2018.
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