iPad mini 5 and 2019 iPad may support Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard case

“There is also a chance both the iPads may miss out on Touch ID and Face ID for biometric authentication”

Earlier reports have suggested that Apple will release two affordable iPad models this year, a new iPad mini and a seventh-gen iPad with 10-inch display. Now we have more information on that front thanks to developer Steve Troughton-Smith, who recently put out a tweet suggesting that both the iPad models may come with support for the Apple Pencil and Apple’s popular Smart Keyboard case.

While digging through the the latest iOS 12.2 beta build, Troughton-Smith found a number of details suggesting that both iPad mini 5 and the 2019 iPad will support Apple’s most popular accessories. The two models are referred to with model numbers J210/J211 and J217/J218. The developer also claims Apple may give Touch ID and Face ID a miss on the affordable models, though that is unlikely.

Both iPads are expected to sport slimmer bezels all around but perhaps not as thin as the ones on the iPad Pro series. Apart from a new processor, this Apple is not expected to make any major hardware changes on both the devices. The exact launch date of Apple’s new iPads is not yet public, but it’s likely they could be unveiled during the company’s annual March event.


The last entry in the iPad mini series came almost three years back when the fourth generating model was launched. Featuring a 7.9-inch display and Touch ID, iPad mini 4 is currently retailing for a starting price of $400 (Rs 28,500 approx.) and you can expect the next model to be priced similarly. Other products expected to launch alongside the new iPads include Apple’s long awaited (all-in-one) AirPower wireless charger, updated AirPods, a 7th-gen iPod touch, and a video streaming service.