iPad Mini 5 Release Date, Specs, Features, News & Update: No More iPad Mini Tablet? New iPad Device To Launch In March 2017?

By Laine Lucas , Updated Nov 28, 2016 05:13 PM EST

A new iPad Mini model is expected to make a debut at Apple's March event. According to reports, the upcoming mini tablet, the iPad Mini 5, will undergo several improvements and changes, including its name.

PC Advisor reported that iPad Mini 5 might be called an iPad Mini Pro to continue the Pro line of devices. It was reported that the Cupertino-based tech giant might just focus on the Pro family and release the 7.9-inch tablet under the lineup as part of a product overhaul. However, it remains to be seen if this is the direction Apple is heading towards. A 7.9-inch tablet may just be too small to be counted in the Pro family.

That said, the iPad Mini 5 is expected to look a bit similar to its predecessor. It's likely that the device will retain the Retina display from iPad Mini 4, but with more durable finish. In addition, rumors claim that the Mini 5 will be thinner that the Mini 4 at only five millimeters thick.

Being a rumored 2017 release, the iPad Mini 5 is also expected to adopt certain features that are already found in existing Apple products. For instance, the iPad Mini 5 will likely have a 3D Touch feature on-board -- the same feature found on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

There are also speculations that the device will follow the footsteps of iPhone 7, which would make sense if the tablet will have a thinner design.As for the processor, the iPad Mini 5 will have a more powerful performance than the iPad Mini 4 with the rumored A9 processor. To compare, the current iPad Mini model has A8 processor from Apple.

As for the release date, tech enthusiasts have reason to believe that Apple will launch the iPad Mini 5 at a keynote event in March. This was the same event when the iPad Pro 9.7-inch tablet was introduced. In that case, the iPad Mini 5 could also share the stage with a new iPad Pro in 2017.

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