iPad Mini 5 Release Date, News & Update: March 2017 Launch Confirmed? Tablet to Carry Same Specs, Features as iPad Pro 2

By Tim Armstrong , Updated Oct 31, 2016 11:56 AM EDT

The recent Apple event on Oct. 27 has just wrapped up and many tech fans were disappointed when the Cupertino based company decided not to announce the highly anticipated iPad Mini 5. The tablet was rumored to be launched along with up and coming Apple products during the event; however, it appears that the company has other plans for the much awaited device. According to the latest reports, speculations have emerged suggesting that the new iPad Mini 5 will be released in March 2017.

Despite the lack of official details from Apple with regard to its new tablet, several reports have already revealed the alleged specs and features of the new iPad Mini 5. In a report by Apple Insider, popular Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that iPad Mini 5 might get the same specs as the upcoming iPad Pro 2. The latter is said to come out in three variants, which will differ in screen sizes - a 9.7-inch tablet, a 10.5-inch model and the expected top-tier variant with 12.9-inch display. If rumors prove to be true, fans can also expect three variations of the new iPad Mini 5 tablet.

In a report by MacWorld, the iPad Mini 5 and iPad Pro 2 will most likely run on Apple A9X processor. Both tablets will also sport an 8 MP primary camera and a 1.2 MP front facing shooter.  There are reports circulating that the new handheld device will be available in three storage options - 32 GB, 64GB and 128GB.

Meanwhile, CultOfMac reported that iPad Mini 5 will carry a thinner and lighter design compared to its predecessor. Other features will include a new 3D Touch pressure-sensitive screen system, which was the same technology used on the previous iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S Plus smartphones. Stay tuned for more news and updates with regard to the development and release date of the upcoming iPad Mini 5.

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