According to a new supply chain rumored published on Monday, Apple’s fifth-generation iPad mini is expected to look the same as the iPad mini 4 design.

Fairly reliable Japanese blog Mac Otakara has learned that Apple allegedly recently informed accessory vendors in its Made for iOS (MFi) program recently that the upcoming iPad mini will look nearly indistinguishable from the current design.

While the rear microphone is expected to be relocated to the center like on the sixth-generation 9.7-inch iPad, the device should retain the Lightning connector and the Home button along with Touch ID and the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Contrary to earlier speculation, it no longer seems this upcoming revision to the miniature iPad might adopt Face ID and the nearly full screen design akin to the 2018 iPad Pro models.

Also, don’t expect USB-C on the new minis.

Supply chain reporting from DigiTimes, research notes from analysts and reports from mainstream media all suggested that the next iPad mini will debut at a lower price point than the current $399 128GB model.

The device hasn’t been updated since 2015.

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