iPad Mini 5 release date, specs: Tablet may include A9 chip, 128 GB memory, 3D Touch; to be rebranded as iPad Pro Mini?

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The next-generation iPad Mini is believed to roll out as an entry-level model and possibly the smallest option in the touted iPad Pro 2 lineup.

According to reports, the iPad Pro series is rumored to become available in three variants. These include a 12.9-inch model, 9.7-inch variant and the latest addition with 10.5 inches of screen. If it comes to fruition, the iPad Mini 5 is rumored to serve as the one with the most compact size and may possibly be rebranded to carry the “Pro” name.

Under the hood, the iPad Mini 5 is expected to be equipped with the A9 chipset and at least 3 GB of random access memory (RAM). This can result in faster processing speed and improvements in performance than the previous A8 processor. The base version is deemed to have 32 GB of storage, eliminating the 16 GB of its predecessor, the iPad Mini 4. The internal memory could also go up as high as 64 GB or even 128 GB to have more room for files, music, images and applications. Meanwhile, others do not rule out the possibility of having 256 GB of native storage.

When it comes to the design, the tablet is believed to sport a thinner shell compared to the previous model. The unibody could be made with 7000 series aluminum similar to iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. However, the current Retina IPS display will apparently remain with the addition of 3D Touch technology only. The software will allegedly be powered by iOS 10 out of the box.

Moreover, there are speculations that the device may be released sometime in March 2017, during a keynote event of the Cupertino-based giant. The arrival of the device to the general public will be a few weeks after.

Since there is no official announcement yet from Apple regarding plans for their iPad offerings, available information should be taken with a grain of salt.