According to a multitude of reports, Apple finally plans to replace the old iPad mini 5 with a new model later this year. It’s true that the old iPad mini isn’t that old, but alongside the sleek new designs of the M1 iPad Pro (2021) and iPad Air, it’s clear that the iPad mini is in desperate need of a redesign. Fortunately, it seems like one is on the way very soon, here is everything we know.
As mentioned, the iPad mini 6 will feature a new design according to multiple reports. As early as January we heard about a new iPad mini with slimmer bezels, and since then there have been multiple reports that Apple plans to update the iPad mini with a design reminiscent of the iPad Air and iPad Pro. That means square edges and more bezels. narrow, as well as the end of the forehead and chin and the start button. The Jon Prosser leaker designs (above) seem to confirm this.
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The iPad mini, thanks in part to its redesign, could herald a bigger screen. We’ve heard that Apple could replace the 7.9-inch screen with an 8.4 or even 8.5-inch screen without making the device much larger, thanks to the aforementioned design changes. The respectable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that the new iPad mini will be between 8.5 and 9 inches in size, which would be a huge improvement.
We heard briefly about the possibility of a mini-LED display for iPad mini, but this rumor has been quashed. While Apple could make some minor tweaks, the new iPad mini isn’t expected to feature any major display updates.
Interestingly, we’ve also heard that the new iPad mini could get the same A15 processor as the iPhone 13, which would be a real statement of intent in terms of power and a huge improvement on the current A12 offering.
Rumors indicate that the new iPad mini will have a USB-C connector like the Air and the Pro, as well as a Smart connector that could pave the way for a new Smart Keyboard for the device and other accessories. Touch ID will reportedly remain on the top button of the device, as will the Air. Touch ID support would indicate that the new iPad mini will not have Face ID support.
Yes, there are reports that the new cellular versions of the iPad mini could feature 5G connectivity for super-fast browsing on the go.
Jon Prosser has indicated that the new iPad mini could have support for a new smaller Apple Pencil more suitable for use with Apple’s smaller tablet.
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The new iPad mini 6 is expected to debut in 2021. From Ming-Chi Kuo:
Apple will launch a new iPad mini in the second half of this year if analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is to be believed. According to a research note that also mentioned a foldable iPhone that will arrive in 2023, TPK is the company that will benefit from the new version.
Mark Gurman recently gave the launch windows ‘the downfall’, so it seems likely that the iPad mini isn’t far off.
So there you have it, with the biggest design change in its 9-year history, the iPad mini for 2021 appears to be a major update in previous years, making it a likely candidate for this year’s best iPad.