Apple’s iPad household of merchandise will be complicated, but it surely’s simple to identify the odd one out: the iPad mini. The firm’s smallest iPad is up to date pretty not often (the iPad mini 4 was launched in 2015, adopted up by the iPad mini 5 in 2019), and sometimes will get pretty beauty upgrades — its show dimension, for instance, by no means modified from the unique 7.9 inches.
Now, a bunch of rumors level to a completely new iPad mini this yr, one which might inherit many traits of Apple’s iPad Pro line of merchandise.
Korean weblog Naver (by way of MacRumors) says an “iPad mini Pro” is coming within the second half of this yr, with a 8.7-inch display and a physique that is a bit wider but in addition a bit shorter than the present iPad mini. This has been sort-of confirmed with the data launched by Chinese language leaker Kang, who says a smaller-sized iPad with a full display is coming. Each stories declare the gadget is at present in “design P2” stage, which means that it nonetheless must cross Apple’s design and manufacturing validation assessments earlier than it could actually go into mass manufacturing.
As sources go, these above do not have a lot of a observe file. However the stories are consistent with a Might 2020 report by Apple analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, who stated an iPad mini with a bigger show might be coming in 2021. And Japanese weblog Mac Otakara says an iPad mini with an 8.4-inch show is coming as early as this month — although this report claims the new iPad mini will retain an identical design as its predecessor, with barely decreased bezels and a Contact ID Dwelling Button beneath the show.
As an iPad mini aficionado, I have been ready for one thing akin to an iPad mini Pro since endlessly. The iPad mini is, for my part, the perfect-sized iPad to hold round, because it suits into smaller luggage and greater pockets, and it is also the best-sized book reader among the many iPads. With smaller bezels and an even bigger show inside a similarly-sized physique, it could be an enormous enchancment to the marginally outdated iPad mini.
Even when we simply get an up to date iPad mini (with out Pro design and options), it’d nonetheless be welcome, because the iPad mini is the one iPad that did not get an replace in 2020.