iPad Mini 5 release date, specs, price: New tablet expected to launch in March 2017, 32 GB version to start at $400?

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The holiday season is fast approaching, but Apple has yet to launch new tablets this year. After the iPad Mini 5 failed to make an appearance at the Sept. 7 iPhone 7 launch, new reports claim that the upcoming tablet will be released in March 2017, along with two other iPad models.

After the iPad Mini 5 was a no-show at last month’s product launch, it was speculated that the tablet might be announced in October and released in November, just like previous iterations of the device. It can be recalled that the third-generation iPad Mini was announced in October 2014 and was released after six days. It was said that Apple may be planning a separate launch for tablets this month, but the Cupertino-based company has yet to confirm an October event.

Meanwhile, well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that three new iPads will be launched in 2017, with many looking at a spring release for the iPad Mini 5, specifically in March. Reddit users have given their take on the latest launch date theory, saying that a spring launch would make sense since the holiday season means that the new iPhone and Apple Watch would be more in demand than other Apple devices. It was pointed out that by spring, consumers may have already acquired more money to spend on a new device which would make a March 2017 launch for the iPad Mini 5 very timely.

The iPad Mini 5 is expected to be slimmer than its predecessors and could be launched with a 7000-series aluminum body. It is believed to have 3D Touch technology and an IP68 rating which will make it waterproof and dust-resistant.

As for the price, it was estimated that the base model, the 32 GB Wi-Fi only version, will be available for roughly $400. The 32 GB Wi-Fi + 4G model is said to be available for $530, and the most expensive model, the 128 GB Wi-Fi + 4G version, is estimated to cost as much as $730.