Four years after the launch of the iPad mini 4, Apple could finally be close to launching a successor, according to new reports from Mac Otakara Y Digits (via MacRumors). They are not the only ones who expect a return of Apple's miniature tablet. Last month, Bloomberg They also reported that we could see an iPad mini updated this year, and this was corroborated by the mentions of iPad in the iOS 12.2 code.
However, despite the developments we have seen from the standard iPad and iPad Pro during the mini pause, it seems that the new tablet could be a very traditional issue. Mac Otakara lists the dimensions of the tablet that are identical to the current model, and also reports that it will continue to use a combination of Lightning connector and 3.5mm headphone jack, even though last year's iPad Pro stopped using both in favor of a only USB-C port. Apparently, the location of the rear microphone could change to the top center, but that is the only informed physical change.
Internally, it sounds like we're online for a specific blip, although it's not clear how big it will be. Reportedly, the iPad mini 5 could use an A10 Fusion or A10X Fusion chipset, which would give a similar amount of power to the 9.7-inch iPad 2018 or the iPad Pro 2018, respectively. Although both iPads are compatible with the Apple Pencil, it is not clear if this new generation of the mini will do so.
Out of a problem, it seems that the new mini will offer a very traditional iPad experience. That means there are no accessories of the portable type that the USB-C port of Pro would allow, while the identical physical dimensions suggest that we will not see a radically redesigned device. That said, if playing safely allows Apple to keep the price of its smaller tablet low, then it could justify its place in the lineup.