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Apple iPad Mini 5 Release Date, Specs, Features And Price Revealed; A Thinner Next-Gen iPad In The Works?

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Apple is slated to take the wraps off the next-gen iPad Mini 5 along with the MacBook Pro 2016 and the iPhone 7. According to lauded tipster Evan Blass, the iPad Mini 5 will hit the store shelves in company with other products from the Cupertino-based tech firm in early September, which will include the iPhone 7 and its variants.

Rumors are running rampant that the imminent iPad Mini will be comparatively thinner than last gen's iPad Mini 4 which was 6.1mm in thickness. The upcoming svelte model will only be 5mm thin. This could be a clear indication that the 3.5mm jack will be ousted from the imminent iPad Mini model.

Apple iPad Mini 5 Specs

Taking into consideration a slew of reports, hints and speculations doing rounds online, this is the iPad Mini 5 possible specs.

If rumors proved to be true, Apple iPad Mini 5 will cling to the same 7.9-inch display, same 8-megapixel and 12-megapixel rear and front cameras of iPad Mini 4.

In addition, rumor mills have been swirling speculations around the iPad Mini 5 hinting it will pack a less-powerful battery as opposed to last gen's robust 5124mAh battery.

On the flip side, the device will be powered by the latest A9 processor that is more power-efficient than the old A8 processor that the iPad Mini 4 came with. The new A9 processors offer enhanced graphics and higher display resolution, PC Tablet reported.

But that's not all, the 3D Touch pressure-sensitive screen currently donned by Apple's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is rumored to make a move onto the iPad lineup, and latest reports suggest that the upcoming iPad Mini 5 will pack this feature.

The much-awaited iPad Mini 5 will come with iOS 10 pre-installed, and this will definitely add an array of new features as well as some modifications to the interface design.

The inclusion of iOS 10 could pave the way for quite a few rumored features including Dark Mode. A way of using an iOS device, in this case the iPad Mini 5 with a dark background contrary to the conventional white background found on new devices. Although the Dark Mode feature was not announced at WWDC 2016, there is a possibility that the feature might be unveiled at a later date, MacWorld reported.

Also, avid iPad Mini fans would be hoping that this is the end of 16 GB iPad and that Apple will announce a 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB models of the iPad Mini 5; however there is no evidence to support that yet. The iPad Mini 5 will be up for grabs for the same price point.

Rumors doing rounds online hint the device could be housed in the comparatively lighter and robust Series 7000 aluminium body.

Do you think the iPad Mini 5 will be rolled out this year? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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