The demand for larger screens has made small tablets superfluous and unattractive. The iPad mini, however, seems to be the exception, as it still sells well and finds not only fans, but enough buyers to justify another blow. Leaky photos of a purported iPad mini 5 case have begun, and it seems that it was at least the iPad Pro mini that some had hoped was clearly bridging the gap between Apple's small iPhones and large iPads. However, with the advent of the big iPhones, it was predicted that the iPad mini would eventually die out. Not quite. In fact, there could be a new purpose.
A protective cover for the alleged iPad Mini 5 indicates drastic changes in the design of the small iPad. A vertical cutout for the rear camera indicates that the iPad mini 5 can be delivered with a flash under the camera. Oddly enough, there is a hole in the top center for the microphone. There are also four cutouts, two above and two below, that double the number of speakers that the latest iPad mini has.
The only thing that keeps it is, fortunately, the headphone jack above. However, this may mean that the small iPad also retains the Lightning port. There is a mysterious hole on the side that suggests a smart connector, but may be pushing it. It's more of a case in itself.
Given the changes, there's a chance that the iPad mini 5, like the 6th generation iPad, will support the older Apple Pencil. If so, this 7.9-inch iPad could not only serve as a bridge between iPhones and the ever-growing iPads, but also connect the iPad line with its past.