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More iPad Mini Rumors as a Likely Release Nears

When the rumors of a new iPad Mini started popping up at the end of last year, I said that if they were real, then they would continue and would start to include details and leaks about the hardware as we get closer to release. It certainly seems like the Mini rumors are true this time, as we have had a steadily increasing stream of reports. Today brings a new one from Japanese site Macotakara that may disappoint some, but will make perfect sense to others.

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Some Good News from Apple’s First Quarter- iPad Shipments are Up!

With its changes to the lineup and to iOS over the last two years, Apple has been able to stop the bleeding and reverse the fast downward sales trend that the iPad had been stuck on previously. However, the end result has been stabilizing iPad sales rather than growing them in a significant way. The way Apple did this was by introducing a less expensive, but still capable, standard iPad and making the iPad Pros more compelling as high-end devices. While sales of the less-expensive iPad propped up unit sales numbers, they also caused the average sale price of the iPad category to fall.

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Will the Coming iPad Mini Have Apple Pencil or Smart Keyboard Support?

I thought Apple was going to make an inexpensive iPad Mini this time around. Now we have a fresh report from the oh-so-generous Steve Troughton-Smith on the iOS 12.2 Beta that may be saying otherwise.

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iOS 12.2 Beta Gives Up All Kinds of New Goodies

You know all those rumors of new AirPods 2, iPod Touches and new iPads? Looks they were all right on the money. The new developer beta for iOS 12.2 has information on all of these different devices scattered around inside of it. And as recent history has proven, information found in iOS betas is about as good a confirmation of what is coming as you can get.

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Supply Chain Rumors of a New iPad Mini Begin to Swirl

As I predicted last week, if the rumors of a new iPad Mini 5 coming in early 2019 are true, then we will start to see supply chain leaks pop up. Well, right on cue, Chinese site IT Leaks has pictures of what it claims is a case for the coming iPad Mini.

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Sounds Like New iPads Are On the Way in 2019

When it comes to questions about new iPad models and updates to existing hardware, I get more questions and comments about the iPad Mini than any other device, hands down. Despite the lack of updates to its design, or even the internals in recent years, this form factor still has a passionate and dedicated following. There were a few rumors that the Mini might get an refresh this Fall before the release of the new iPad Pros, but that obviously didn’t happen. Still, it did offer Mini fans a little bit of hope, because before that, the lack of any news or rumors made it look like the device was headed for a slow fade from the lineup.

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What is Apple Doing with the iPad Mini?

A week or so ago, a few rumors popped up that Apple would be updating the iPad Mini along with its other new hardware. While the initial report did say that such an upgrade could happen between now and the end of the year, most expected something sooner. Like at this week’s event sooner. Obviously that didn’t happen.

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The iPad Mini May Not Be As Dead As I Thought

Based on a recent update from noted Apple leaker Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s iPad Mini may turn out to be the vampire of the company’s mobile hardware lineup. I had completely given up hope of anymore updates or refreshes, but it seems that you just can’t kill this thing. According to many of you who have contacted me about the Mini over the last year, that is a good thing.

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I’m Just Over Here Holding Out Hope for Pencil Support on the New iPhone

I’ve been begging for it for the last two years. With the big changes that came with the X, I was hoping that last year would be the year. However, it wasn’t to be. I can understand it, since there was already so much going on with the new design. I thought this would be the year. A new, large screen iPhone X Plus sounded like the perfect candidate. There was even a rumor a few days ago that gave me hope, but I lost a little of it today.

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The iPad as a Laptop Replacement- Part One

This is certainly ground that has been covered in MANY articles, both before and after the release of the new 10.5” and 12.9” iPad Pros, and for plenty of reason. Apple’s marketing has placed the iPad Pro squarely in the conversation as a primary computing device, and encouraged this kind of examination. However, because the conversations tend to center around those of us in the Apple blogosphere and the tech community at large think, they usually focus on the iPad as a laptop replacement for US as “power users,” rather than more typical users.

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Is Apple Preparing to Move On from the iPad Mini?

Jonathan Geller at BGR posted this morning that Apple will soon be phasing out the iPad Mini form factor. This comes as a little bit of a surprise to me since the Mini 4 just got a memory bump when the new iPad was released. This effectively brought the price of the device down, at least in terms of value. We have also had on again and off again rumors of a Mini Pro with a Smart Connector and Apple Pencil support over the past three months.

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