Rumors around the iPad mini 6, as we're calling it, have been relatively quiet lately. But a redesigned compact iPad is still expected to make an appearance this year, likely around the fall when a new iPhone is also tipped to be revealed.
Such a redesign is expected to yield an iPad mini that's dramatically differnet to the past five generations of smaller Apple tablet. The iPad mini 6 is expected to have slimmer bezels and thus a larger display in the same chassis footprint, as well as a new form of Touch ID, likely integrated into the fingerprint scanner like that on the latest iPad Air.
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So with those upgrades in mind, here's everything we know so far and would like to see from the iPad mini 6.
iPad mini 6 latest news (updated July 23)
- A new rumor has the iPad mini 6 tipped to come with a mini-LED display a but like the current 12.9-inch iPad Pro. That means the small fondle slate would get a major display upgrade.
- Regular Apple tipster Mark Gurman has claimed that the iPad mini 6 will launch this fall and will sport “the biggest redesign in the nine-year history” of the smallest iPad. Gurman's sources could be Apple insiders, so this rumor is one worth paying attention to, though taking it with a degree of sensible skepticism won't hurt either.
iPad mini 6 rumored release date and price
Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has the iPad Mini 6 tipped to be released this fall, claiming it “should be a go." The fall tend to be a big launch period for Apple, with the iPhone 13 expected to be revealed around September or October. So a fall reveal for a new iPad mini wouldn't be a shocking surprise.
The iPad mini 6 will likely keep the $399 price we see in its predecessor. Apple has generally kept its tablets at the same price over the years, and the iPad mini starts with 64GB of storage, which gives it a better value proposition against the 32GB $329 iPad.
The 256GB iPad mini costs $149 more, at $549, and that price-to-storage upgrade pattern also looks to continue.
iPad mini 6 display
While the iPad mini 6 is tipped to be roughly the same size as its predecessor, on rumor claims that the next iPad mini could have an 8.4-inch screen. That would be a decent increase over the fifth-generation iPad mini's 7.9-inch screen.
Furthermore, a supply chain report has the iPad min 6 tipped to use a mini-LED display as seen in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2021. By using a mini-LED display over a traditional LCD panel, the iPad mini 6 could deliver better brightness, contrast and colors over the rather nice Retinal display on the current compact Cupertino slate.
iPad mini 6 specs
FrontPageTech's Jon Prosser says that the new iPad mini 6 will be powered by the A14 Bionic chip, the same processor found in the iPhone 12 lineup. In addition, the Lightning port could be replaced by USB-C, and the iPad mini 6 may offer optional 5G.
A previous post at the Chinese tech site MyDrivers.com (when passed through Google Translate) suggests that the iPad mini 6 will feature an A13 processor, which makes sense as an upgrade from the A12 Bionic chips in the iPad mini 5.
iPad mini 6 design
A series of renders put together by leaker Jon Prosser and RendersbyIan show an iPad mini 6 with smaller bezels and no more home button. The 7.9-inch display grows to 8.5 inches in these renders, and the power button on the top right side is said to double as a Touch ID button.
Prosser’s sources suggest that at 206.3mm x 137.8mm x 6.1mm, the iPad mini 6 will be just 3mm taller and wider than its diminutive predecessor.
iPad mini 6 outlook
The iPad mini 6 leaks and rumors suggest that Apple is set to unleash one of the best small tablets yet. We're all for smaller bezels, a bigger display and more power, and having Touch ID support would be welcome. And we will not be said to see Lightning go.
Stay tuned for all the latest iPad mini 6 rumors.
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