iPad Mini 5 release date, specs: IP68 certification, Rose Gold unibody and no headphone jack

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As September is just around the corner, rumors continue to swirl regarding Apple’s potential launch of the next-generation iPad Mini alongside the brand-new iPhone 7.

According to reports, the iPad Mini 5 will be thinner than its predecessor with its width only measuring 5 mm. However, the sleekness is deemed to result to a smaller battery capacity which may be compensated by the tech firm’s A9 processor. Under the hood, the processing unit is purportedly known for requiring less power despite being used for a longer amount of time.

Meanwhile, the unibody is said to be made with 7000 Series aluminum which may also become available in Rose Gold, in addition to the usual color schemes. The screen is predicted to be a 7.9-inch Retina IPS display and the base memory is at 32 GB.

When it comes to the other features, it is believed that the new iteration may integrate 3D Touch similar to that of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, a stylish stylus dubbed the Apple Pencil and the latest iOS 10 firmware. The cameras that the iPad Mini 5 will be equipped with apparently carry the same megapixels as before 8 megapixels for the main shooter, partnered with a 1.2-megapixel front-facing lens for taking selfies.

Meanwhile for innovative design, the fifth-generation iPad Mini will allegedly become the Cupertino-based giant’s first tablet with water and dust protection as it may have IP68 certification just like the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note 7 devices. Assumptions are also rife that the gadget may no longer support the typical 3.5 mm headphone jack since it could come with either the company’s new connection dubbed as the D-jack or the earphones may be connected through the Lightning Port.

On a related note, a bigger version of the iPad Air 3 may also be offered. The said device is rumored to sport a 9.7-inch 2K display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. But the rest of the specifications are quite the same.

Since there is no official announcement from Apple yet, available information should be taken with a grain of salt.