iPad Mini 5 release date, specs: Tablet to be released as iPad Pro 2 Mini?

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Is Apple about to scrap its iPad Mini line? It has been over a year since the Cupertino-based company released the iPad Mini 4, and tech watchers agree that the iPad Mini line is in need of a refresh. However, new rumors indicate that Apple might not release the iPad Mini 5 instead, the device will reportedly be marketed as one of the three variants of the iPad Pro 2.

It was claimed that the iPad Mini 5 will be the 7.9-inch variant of the iPad Pro 2. The other two variants are believed to have 12.9 and 10.5-inch displays, with the latter being a first for the iPad Pro line. The current iPad Pro models only have two variants: a 12.9 and a 9.7-inch model.

Apple has yet to confirm the rumors, but with the tech giant keeping mum about an iPad Mini refresh, tech fans are interpreting this is a sign that the line is on its way out. If the newest iPad Mini will be joining the upcoming iPad Pro line, it was said that the 7.9-inch version will be more affordable than the bigger models, and will likely have modest specs compared to the supersized tablets.

The current iPad Mini has an IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1,536 x 2,048 pixels. While the upcoming device will likely keep its 7.9-inch screen, it is expected that it could have a better resolution and Apple could even switch out its LCD display for an AMOLED screen.

It is likely that the device could have a better camera, as the iPad Mini 4 has an 8-megapixel rear sensor and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing shooter. To keep up with consumers’ demands, it’s possible that the cameras will be upgraded to a 12-megapixel rear lens and a 5-megapixel front camera.

The new iPad Mini 5 or iPad Pro 2 Mini could either have Apple’s current chip, the A10, or the upcoming A10X chip. As for the price, the tablet is estimated to start at $529.