Only a few days remain until Apple’s September presentation. The main theme of the autumn event, as before, will be the next generation of the iPhone. But in addition to new smartphones, we will see a few more novelties. Among the products that will be showcased at Apple’s September event, some sources mention the new compact iPad mini. This will be the sixth generation of the legendary iPad mini, which hasn’t been updated since 2019.
All five generations of iPad mini released to date have had the same design with thick bezels around the display and a Home button below it. But the iPad mini 6 is undergoing a total redesign. Also, the new tablet is credited with several important changes, thanks to which it will stand out favorably against the background of its predecessors. And on the eve of the official announcement, we are at the editorial office
As we said in the beginning, the iPad mini 6 is going to undergo significant design changes. The new tablet will lose the Home button and look like a smaller copy of the new iPad Air with a large edge-to-edge display with narrow side bezels. True, you should not count on the appearance of the Face ID face recognition system, as in the iPad Pro. For biometric user authentication, the new tablet will continue to rely on the Touch ID fingerprint scanner. It will move to the power button on the side of the tablet.
The body of the tablet will have flat edges in the style of the iPhone 12. The height of the tablet will be 206.3 mm, width — 137.8 mm, and thickness — 6.1 mm. The iPad mini 6 will be bundled with a new smaller Apple Pencil stylus. On the top of the tablet there will be volume buttons, and on the bottom there will be a USB Type-C port for charging and connecting accessories.
The iPad mini 6 chip will inherit from last year’s flagship iPhone 12 line. This is the Apple A14 Bionic, a 6-core ARM-based SoC based on TSMC’s 5nm process technology.
Back in 2020, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo announced that Apple was preparing to release a new iPad mini model with a MiniLED display. The device, he said, was supposed to hit the market before the end of last year, but the coronavirus pandemic has made adjustments to Apple’s plans. Since then, rumors about a new type of display for the sixth generation iPad mini have died down, until in July 2021 DigiTimes sources announced that the new product would still receive a MiniLED screen. If so, then the new tablet boasts a screen with a wide color gamut, high contrast, HDR support and low power consumption.
As for the exact size and resolution of the iPad mini 6 display, they are still unknown. But given the leaked information about smaller bezels and the ditching of the Home button, there’s no doubt that the iPad mini 6’s screen will be larger than its predecessors, which were equipped with 7.9-inch panels.
There is no doubt that the iPad mini 6 will be released this fall. However, a specific launch date has yet to be determined. According to one of the versions, the new tablet will debut in mid-September along with the iPhone 13. But considering that in addition to the September event, Apple will hold several more autumn presentations this year, it is quite possible that we will see the sixth generation of iPad mini in October or November.