Apple to announce iPad Mini 5 and 10.2 inch iPad this year

Apple iPad is showings signs of a slowdown on the market. In reality, Apple is reporting slow iPad sales out there and Apple is planning something new to change that. Last year, the Cupertino firm unveiled the new 9.7 inch iPad and iPad Pros. The 9.7 inch iPad replaces the Air 2 on the market while coming with a slew of improvements. One of the biggest additions to the 9.7 inch iPad lies in Apple Pencil support. In reality, users now can take notes or stretch their ideas without the need for a third-party app to be installed on their device. The release of the new 9.7 inch iPad aims to bring Apple devices closer to students and schools in the US.

Sources say that Apple will launch a new iPad mini 5 this year. In reality, Apple first introduced its iPad mini 2012, but it’s been four years since Apple last upgraded its iPad mini. This raises concerns that Apple will discontinue the series. Ming-Chi-Kuo says that the new iPad mini will take some design hints from the last year’s iPad Pro while focusing on internal upgrades. However, the device will belong to the mid-range segment at launch.

Besides, there will be a new 10.2 inch iPad and iPad Pros this year. The upcoming 10.2 inch iPad will target students and casual users at launch. Sources say that the device will come out in emerging markets like India or Brazil. The new iPad Pro will come in two screen sizes, 11-inch and 12.9-inch. Both models will come with a new design and hardware upgrades.

The current iPad Pro is one of the most powerful tablets on the market thanks to its A12X Bionic chip. However, the iPad Pro has not seen a strong sales performance since release, which is why Apple needs to refresh it. Sources claim that the new iPad Pro will feature smaller bezels and A13X chip at launch. The adoption of the new chip allows for a much-improved performance when compared to the current models. Apart from iPads, Apple will announce new iPhones, new MacBooks, and a cheaper HomePod this year.

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