Everything we know so far about the 2021 model

by Jeremy

Apple is rumored to hold an event later this month, and if rumors are to be believed, it will be all about iPads, and likely the AirTags. So far, Apple has yet to confirm any upcoming event this month officially, but multiple sources with a reasonably solid track record insist that it is indeed happening. Now, we are expecting a new iPad Pro to make its debut alongside an updated iPad Mini. A few weeks ago, an iPad Mini seemed out of the picture, but a refresh is now heavily rumored to make its debut this month. Here’s everything we know about the sixth-gen iPad Mini:

A larger 8.5-inch display, apparently with thinner bezels this time.

In June last year noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that an iPad Mini is in the pipeline and will be launched in the first half of 2021. Specifically, he mentioned that the new iPad Mini would come equipped with a larger 8.5-inch display than the 7.9-inch panel on its predecessor. However, if you’re hoping for a high-refresh collection similar to the iPad Pro, it would simply amount to daydreaming, considering the device’s price bracket and target audience.

iPad Mini

We don’t know if the device’s size will also go up, but if Apple manages to keep the chassis size unchanged, we might see thinner bezels and a modern design. Finally! Apple has already updated iPad Air’s design, too, so that we can hope for some aesthetic refinements being done on the iPad Mini.

A hole-punch time and Touch ID button floating in a sea of pixels?

As per an alleged CAD-based render of iPad Mini (Gen 6), the bezels will be significantly thinner, while the Touch ID button at the bottom will be surrounded by screen real estate. Additionally, the front camera will be housed inside a circular hole punch at the top. This would be a radical design change for many reasons, and therefore, a tad unlikely too.

Then in November, we came across another leak supporting the 8.5-inch display theory for the upcoming iPad Mini. It even added that the device will feature a Liquid Retina display and will have a boxy design. More importantly, it will come equipped with a USB Type-C port instead of the Lightning connector. Camera hardware will reportedly be identical to the iPad Air 4, complete with Apple Pencil support.

Bionic A13 inside, a boxy design, and no fancy bells and whistles

The A14 Bionic will handle things inside, the same chip Apple has fitted inside the iPhone 12 family. However, some rumors claim that the sixth-gen iPad Mini will draw power from the A13 chip – with the decision to go with an older chip coming as a cost-cutting measure to keep the price low. However, we certainly hope the cameras get an upgrade, especially the poor 1.2MP selfie camera on the 2019 model.

Another report from Macotakara claims that the iPad Mini’s screen size is going from 7.9-inch all the way to 8.4-inch this year, but without an increase in its dimensions. However, Apple is still sticking with Touch ID embedded in the home button instead of a side-mounted design like the latest iPad Air. What we can say with certainty is that Face ID is out of the picture here.

iPad Mini on a table

Apple will likely stick with an LCD display on this one. No OLED or mini-LED for now!

The sixth-gen iPad Mini will not bring any innovation or groundbreaking features, as that part is usually reserved for the iPad Pro line. Apple is heavily rumored to employ mini-LED panels for its upcoming products, with some reports claiming that an OLED iPad might arrive next year. But for the upcoming iPad Mini, Apple will most likely stick with an LCD panel to keep the cost in check.

No information has surfaced online regarding the iPad Mini 6’s asking price. But given the target audience, Apple will likely price it below the $500 mark to keep the charm of a ‘smaller and more accessible’ iPad intact. We’ll know more in the upcoming weeks!

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