The iPad mini first debuted back in November 2012 and was positioned as Apple’s answer to those that did not want a full-size tablet.
The American tech giant still sells the newest version of the iPad mini, generation four, that debuted in 2015.
The hardware comes with a 7.9-inch Retina display that has the resolution of 2048×1536 and a density of 326-pixels-per-inch.
Apple Inc’s tablet is powered by the firm’s A8 chipset that still delivers capable performance for owners.
Although the iPad mini 4 is certainly not new, it is still capable of running the firm’s latest and greatest iOS 12 software.
The iPad mini is a lauded device, especially amongst the Apple faithful that have been crying out for a successor to the product.
A new iteration of the miniature tablet has been discussed for months with rumours spiking in recent weeks.
In fact, back in January Bloomberg, citing sources familiar with Apple’s forthcoming plans, said a new iPad mini is in the works.
And, the following month notable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issued an investor note highlighting the products he expects Apple to release this year and a new iPad mini was mentioned.
While Kuo did not discuss the design of the claimed product, he did insist it would arrive with an “upgraded” processor.
Renowned leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer recently said he had observed alleged CAD renders of the new iPad mini and stated the hardware could present very few external design changes.
Instead he suggested the product could presently solely internal improvements.
Hemmerstoffer tweeted: “Just got my hands on alleged iPad mini 5 CAD.
“If legit (can’t vouch at 100 percent), there is indeed (just as rumoured) no external design changes (except of relocated mic, centred on upper back panel).
“In short, it will very likely be a specs bump only update.”
Such claims have been echoed by Japanese blog Mac Otakara that has declared a new iPad mini is coming and will retain largely the same aesthetic as its predecessor.
In fact, the outlet said the claimed hardware will have the same dimensions as the fourth-generation, meaning it may have a 7.9-inch display and be 6.1millimetres thick.
The Japanese outlet was uncertain which Apple processor would power the new iPad mini.
However, it noted Apple’s latest and greatest A12X Bionic processor is not expected to be housed inside.
Pricing for the alleged hardware has not been discussed.
However, it is possible a new iPad mini could adopt similar costs to the £399 the fourth-generation is still sold for.
While rumours of a new iPad mini have been circulating for some time, it is worth noting nothing about such a device has been officially confirmed by Apple.