iPad mini 5 release date rumours: When is the new iPad mini coming out in the UK?
Given the rumours around other Apple products, we expect the iPad mini 5 to come out in September 2016, alongside or just after the product launch of the Apple Watch 2 and iPhone 7-line.
At WWDC 2016, which took place on 13 June 2016, Apple announced its upcoming iOS 10 update. The new mobile operating system will be made available as a public beta in July, whilst the final version is tipped to come out in autumn 2016 alongside the launch of Apple's products.
The mini 4's September arrival was mildly surprising, as the original iPad mini, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3 were all launched at October events, each time coming a month after a September iPhone launch. In 2015, however, Apple didn't have an October event, lumping its new iPhone and iPad announcements into a single night.
On the other hand, Apple did add a new date to its calendar earlier in 2015: a March event where the company released new Macs and the Apple Watch.
At Apple's March 2016 event, the company announced its new iPhone SE, 9.7in iPad Air Pro, iOS 9.3 and new Apple Watch straps. There was no mention of the iPad mini 5, leading us to believe that it will (hopefully) be released this autumn 2016, presumably in September.
However, that might change if Apple decides to revamp its entire iPad line-up - unveiling an iPad Air 3 as well as an iPad mini 5 - in which case it might feel that they deserve their own event a month after the new iPhones appear, in October.
With most iOS device launches, the product itself doesn't arrive in shops for a little over a week after the unveiling, but Apple managed to take the wraps off the iPad mini 4 and announce its retail launch at the same time. As for the UK release date, that's likely to be the same date as the primary launch in the US. That's what happened with the mini 4, at any rate.
iPad mini 5 rumours: Design changes
The iPad mini 4 has plenty to recommend it, but in broad design terms it's actually pretty close to the very first iPad mini; it's been slimmed down and had various features added, but to anyone but an experienced Apple fan the two devices would otherwise look the same. Can we expect a more radical redesign this time around - something like the jump from rounded-corner iPhone 3GS to the sharper-edged iPhone 4?
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