Even though Apple did not announce a new iPad during their September event, it doesn't mean that their tablet line is now dead. According to recent rumors, a successor to the iPad Mini 4 could come in early next year. Not a lot of info has circulated about the iPad Mini 5 at this point but there are certain reports saying that it could indeed show up next year.
iPad Mini 5 Rumors
According to an Inquisitr report, Apple might introduce the iPad Mini 5 in March 2017, which isn't exactly impossible as Apple released the iPad Pro in March this year. It won't be unlikely for Apple to be consistent in making March as its iPad release month. If so, the iPad Mini 5 alongside the long overdue iPad Air 3, could all be revealed March next year.
It could be a bit disappointing for people looking to buy a new iPad model this year since Apple has no signs of having a 2016 event for iPads. According to news, the company might focus their next 2016 event to the new MacBooks. It was said that Apple might be holding another event later this year to show off the new MacBook Pro 2016, MacBook Air 2016, and a revamped iMac.
iPad Mini 5 Rumored Cancellation
There are also other news that talk about the possible non-arrival of the new iPad Mini 5. According to one source, the cancellation rumors regarding the iPad Mini 5 root from the fact that Apple remains tight lipped when it comes to the matter. As of now, there is still no confirmation on the status of the next iPad Mini.
iPad Mini 5 Expected Upgrades
The last iPad Mini came in with major upgrades and improvements. This means that if Apple skipped 2016 in releasing a successor, it could simply be because they are taking the time to squeeze in major improvements to it as well. What is expected so far about the iPad Mini 5 is that the tablet will be thinner in size and will use the same body material used in the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. This would make the iPad Mini 5 more durable despite being slimmer. Also, it is possible that the device would be made waterproof and without a headphone jack.
It is expected that the next iPad Mini would copy some of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus' features, but since Apple is mum on the matter, these remain unverified. Hopefully, if the company indeed holds an event for the Macs this year, they might as well mention the next generation of iPads.