iPad Mini 5 release date, specs news: iPad Mini could still be unveiled this month, to be called iPad Pro Mini?

(Apple)Official product render for the current-generation Apple iPad Mini 4

Apple recently launched their latest iPhone smartphones, the Apple iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, earlier in the month. Despite the excitement over their new offerings, some fans were disappointed when the company did not really mention any updates regarding their highly anticipated new iPad Mini, the Apple iPad Mini 5. Some reports are, however, still positive about its arrival and have mentioned that the tablet may even be launched within the month.

Several reports have predicted that Apple may still be launching the iPad Mini 5 within the month and that it would likely be unveiled alongside the new 2016 MacBook Pro. Some point out that the iPad Mini 5 may be launched with an entirely different moniker in order for it to be in line with the current products Apple has released. There are rumors suggesting that the iPad Mini 5 might actually be called an Pad Pro Mini and that it will contain some of the features and specifications of its bigger siblings.

With the official designation of the iPad Mini aside, the new tablet is rumored to be coming with the company's older A9 processor which should still be quite a performer given the device's lower performance demand. The device will also likely be coming with Apple's latest iOS 10 operating system out of the box.

As for the design, the new iPad Mini will likely sport an even sleeker design than its predecessor, thanks to the use of sturdier materials. There are also rumors claiming that the iPad Mini will likely be fully waterproofed, similar to the new iPhones. It might also come with the same features as the new iPhone 7, including a 3D touch and its lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack.

None of the claims have been confirmed yet, so it still remains to be seen if Apple will be incorporating any of the aforementioned features into the new iPad Mini.