Four years after the release of the iPad mini 4, Apple could finally be close to releasing a successor, according to the new reports of Mac Otakara and DigiTimes (via MacRumors ). They are not the only ones to expect a return from Apple's miniature tablet. Last month, Bloomberg also reported that this year we could see an updated iPad mini, and this was further confirmed by the iPad mentions in the iOS 12.2 code.
However, despite the developments we have seen from the standard iPads and iPad Pro during the mini break, it seems that the new tablet could be a very traditional affair. Mac Otakara lists the tablet sizes that are identical to the current model and also reports that it will continue to use a combination of the Lightning connector and 3.5mm headphone jack, despite the iPad Pro of the last year both in favor of a single USB-C port. Apparently, the position of the rear microphone may change in the middle at the top, but this is the only physical change reported.
Internally, it seems like we could be in line for a bump of the specs, even if it's not clear how big it will be. Reportedly, the iPad mini 5 could use an A1
Outside of a specification bump, it seems the new mini will offer a very traditional iPad experience. This means that no laptop accessory is suitable for Pro's USB-C port, while the identical physical dimensions suggest we will not see a radically redesigned device. That said, if playing safely allows Apple to keep down the price of its smaller tablet, it could still justify its place in the lineup.