(Pocket-lint) - Apple will reportedly unveil a couple of new iPads soon, with the iPad mini 5 being the more exciting prospect considering the last model came out three-and-a-half years ago.

However, as we've explained before, if you are expecting big changes you shouldn't get your hopes up.

Japanese website Macotakara claims that the design of the iPad mini 4 replacement will look essentially the same. Sources in the accessory business who are said to be familiar with the specifications told the site that the mini 5 will follow a similar build and look as before.

They listed the measurements of the forthcoming device as 203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1mm - that's identical to the dimensions of the currently available model.

It will also continue with a Lightning connector, as we expected, although the sources provided confirmation that Apple Pencil support will be built in this time. That will make it compatible with the first generation Apple Pencil rather than the one for iPad Pro.

As we've also said before, Macotakara claims that the chipset to be used in the new iPad mini will be either Apple's A10 or A10X Fusion SoC. The rear microphone is the only visible change, however, moving to the same top-central position found on the latest Apple iPad.

Writing by Rik Henderson.