It’s been rumored for some time that Apple’s next iPad mini will have a major redesign, and a prominent leaker has created a set of renderings based on supposed schematics and images of the device.
The so-called “iPad mini 6” will be revised to bring its design more in line with Apple’s other square-edged tablets. On Friday, FrontPageTech published renders of what Apple’s next mini tablet might look like.
According to leaked information obtained by Jon Prosser and the FrontPageTech computer, the iPad mini will not have a home button. The footprint, however, will remain basically the same as that of the iPad mini 5. Prosser says there is only a 3mm difference between the two.
The iPad mini 5 still has a Touch ID sensor, which has been moved to the power button. The device’s speakers have also been vastly improved, with a source telling Prosser that they sound “unbelievably good.” Apple has abandoned the Lightning connector in favor of a USB-C port. The “iPad mini 6” will reportedly come in silver, black and gold.
Prosser also posits that recent “Apple Pencil 3” rumors could actually refer to a smaller Apple Pencil model intended for the iPad mini. However, that appears to be just speculation.
Begining of June, Bloomberg reported that Apple was working on a new iPad mini with slimmer screen bezels and a home button-less design. That report indicated that the iPad mini could debut alongside a slimmer education-focused iPad starting in 2021.
Additionally, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted the 2021 launch of an iPad mini without home buttons. Kuo predicts that the smallest tablet will have a screen between 8.5 and 9 inches diagonally. Those specifications were also echoed in supply chain rumors in January.
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