Apple is preparing to launch a new fifth-generation iPad mini in the first half of 2020, according to sources in the Apple supply chain, followed by a new entry-level iPad in two models.
The claims come in a new China Business Times report, first spotted by Japanese blog , which says Apple is preparing to launch the iPad mini 5 in the first half of next year in an attempt to halt a general decline in iPad sales, with mass production expected to start by the end of December.
Apple hasn’t updated its smallest iPad since September 2020, but the device did receive a price cut in March 2020, with a 128GB capacity model costing $399.
Reliable Apple analystclaimed in October that Apple is working on a new version of the iPad mini with an upgraded processor and a lower-cost display panel, with the device being launched in 2020 or early next year.
Notably, Kuo’s prediction came two months aftersaid it did not believe Apple plans to introduce an updated iPad mini, and in fact has “no further plan” for the smaller tablet.
As for Apple’s entry-level iPad, Today’s report claims that next year Apple will replace its sixth-generation 9.7-inch iPad with a similarly priced model that features a 10-inch display within a narrower frame. Following strong sales of the 2020 model, Apple is said to be launching two low-priced versions of the iPad in 2020 to boost sales growth. A more exact timeframe for launch was not given, although Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad was last updated in March 2020 and in the same month the year before that.
Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad is thicker, heavier, and has fewer features than iPad Pro models, but it does support Apple Pencil and is also Apple’s most affordable tablet, starting at $329.
Today’s report goes on to say Apple plans to reduce production costs of the two iPads by reducing the amount to LED procurement in Japan and switching to Korean-made LED displays.
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