Compal Expected to Assemble iPad Mini 5 Launching 'Later in 2019'

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    Taiwanese manufacturer Compal Electronics is expected to be a supplier of the so-called iPad mini 5 when the tablet launches later in 2019, according to DigiTimes. This would likely entail final assembly of the device.

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    Rumors suggest Apple will release the new iPad mini as early as this spring, likely alongside a new seventh-generation iPad with a slightly larger 10-inch display. Apple's plans to release a new iPad mini have been reported by Ming-Chi Kuo, Mark Gurman, DigiTimes, and the China Times.

    Apple has debuted new iPads in March for three consecutive years, including the 9.7-inch iPad Pro in 2016, the fifth-generation iPad in 2017, and the sixth-generation iPad in 2018, so there's a good chance that Apple will unveil the iPad mini 5 and the new 10-inch iPad in a little over a month from now.

    Kuo said the new iPad mini will feature an upgraded processor and a lower-cost panel, but few details are known beyond that.

    The current iPad mini 4 was released in September 2015. The tablet features a 7.9-inch display with 326 PPI, A8 chip, 2GB of RAM, Touch ID, 8-megapixel rear camera, a Lightning connector, dual speakers, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It is available with 128GB of storage for $399 (Wi-Fi) and $529 (LTE).

    Article Link: Compal Expected to Assemble iPad Mini 5 Launching 'Later in 2019'
     
  2. yossi macrumors regular

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    I never understood why the Mini was more expensive than the 9.7?" They need to drop the price to $249.
     
  3. MRrainer macrumors 65816

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    Mom's original iPad Mini is very slow now. We're waiting for a replacement to show up. Can't justify buying the "current" Mini now, at that price.
     
  4. Sasparilla, Jan 31, 2019
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    The drumbeats are coming consistently and faster now for the mini - seems like its going to happen and make alot of people happy (if they don't put a A9 in it - god help us). Good to see Apple doing this.

    This one is easy. Because back when the Mini 4 was created there were no "cheap" iPads - it was that long ago - they were essentially all high end iPad's (the Pro's of today) with the high end components / prices including the Mini 4, so its price has fallen some but not that much. We'll see what the Mini 5 gives us.
     
  5. otternonsense macrumors 65816

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    I hope they won't go into full penny-pinching mode again and use the old chassis (but seeing Cook's track record, I'm sure that's exactly what they'll do)
     
  6. MadeByApple macrumors regular

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    My bet is on it being thicker, lower quality screen for the same $399. And this new 10 inch iPad rumor will have similar crappy parts for $499.

    Apple wants us to feel compelled to buy an iPad Pro. There’s no way they will give us what we want— a full-featured iPad Mini with a sub $500 price.
     
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    So an air gap, then?
     
  8. himanshumodi macrumors 6502

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    If this iPad has a display similar to pro (as in, no gap between the top surface and the underlying display, like the entry level iPad), and it supports pencil. I will be very tempted with this!
     
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    Bingo! That's exactly what it sounds like. If that's the case I'll pass on it. I have one iPad like that, still sitting around and I hardly use it because I just can't stand the screen. Feels like i'm going to break it just by pressing on something.
     
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    This just solidifies the existence of the iPad Air 2. Can be picked up for an excellent price, faster than the current Mini 4, no air gap, just a trade off with the size.
     
  11. recoil80 macrumors 68020

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    I think it will be a low cost model, but as long as the SoC is ok (A11 or A12) I'm fine with that, as it has to be an entry level. The display won't be great maybe, but if it is similar to the current iPad 9.7 I don't see any problems
     
  12. nfl46 macrumors 604

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    Give us an iPad Mini 5 and iPhone SE 2 with updated specs & a lot of people will be happy.
     
  13. otternonsense macrumors 65816

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    People will be happy but Tim won't. They're just clearing unused stock with these middling device non-updates while pushing hard to get another stock-boosting runaway success from their latest overpriced product releases.
     
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    The excitement builds... knowing that no matter what is released there are going to be three basic comments
    1) who wants this? update the Mac Pro!
    2) they cheaped out, I want a fully featured iPad mini Pro at half the cost!
    3) its too expensive, I want just a basic device.

    The minority will say, just what I have been waiting for!
     
  15. TheShadowKnows! macrumors 6502a

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    The iPad mini 4 tech specs listed miss the key one (for me): 4:3 aspect ratio (2048x1536, 326ppi).
    The 4:3 aspect ratio optimizes the iPad for document and map reading, as opposed to the new trio of Apple phablets -- all with elongated 2.16 aspect ratios.

    My take:
    As long as Cook keeps the 4:3 aspect ratio, I will entertain replacing our two mini 4's.
    If not, Apple will get nothing, nada, zip upgrade from us, as our iPads are working fine for their intended purposes -- digital tools while traveling abroad.
     
  16. bingeciren macrumors 6502a

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    My Mini 4 is my only iPad and I love it. It’s plenty fast and does everything I want. I would consider a Mini 5 only if it had a larger display with smaller bezels, perhaps more ram and a pro level cpu. I know it won’t have Face ID or pen support but it would be lovely if it did.
     
  17. thealkimist macrumors regular

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    Actually they weren't high end iPads back in the day. The high ends came with the most recent iterations of iPad. Back then it was just a simpler tablet line; the iPad and iPad mini. We never saw a refresh with the mini probably because they were working harder to slow down the further decline in iPad sales, by introducing more compelling iterations of a tablet.
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    Face ID probably not, but pen support, I think definitely.
     
  18. terpsbball2002, Jan 31, 2019
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    Probably won't happen, what would be the purpose of buying a Pro if the mini had all of those features? Apple is making sure there is a large enough gap between the iPad product lines (pro and regular iPad). Now, if they made an iPad Pro Mini, that would be tempting to buy.
     
  19. Veinticinco macrumors 6502a

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    It’s laughably predictable isn’t it?

    Either do an updated Mini justice or let it retire in peace.
     
  20. japanime macrumors 68000

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    I have the first mini with retina display (iPad mini 2, right?) and an iPhone SE, and love 'em both. But I would much rather have an SE upgrade than an iPad mini 5. Wishful thinking, I know...
     
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    Thought crossed my mind for a second but let’s be honest, it would significantly limit the usefulness of the pencil.
     
  22. lkrupp macrumors 6502a

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    Always interesting to read posts like yours. How did you arrive at that price? Do you know the total cost to build this device? What do you consider a fair profit margin for the device? How about R&D, marketing, warranty costs? Or did you just pick a number and post it? And of course you can buy an Android tablet for $50 should you desire to.
     
  23. MLVC macrumors 6502a

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    I'd be all over an iPad Mini Pro. But I'm going to pass on this Mini 5, if those rumors are true.
     
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    Except they are going to charge $699 for the Mini 5...
     
  25. markaceto macrumors member

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    I read this as "The excrement builds... "

    Accurate either way.
     

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