We may see a brand new iPad Mini very quickly, as rumors abound that the sixth-generation model of Apple’s small-form iPads will land on April 20 at Apple’s spring occasion. That is not confirmed although, however rumors counsel the iPad Mini 6 is perhaps in attendance on April 20 and that it will come alongside the brand new iPad Pro 2021.
iPad Mini units are the smallest of all Apple’s slates, with display screen sizes under even the entry-level iPads. They’re designed for individuals who do not want an enormous 12.9-inch display screen like within the iPad Pros however nonetheless need plenty of processing energy and different tips, together with the signature polished Apple interface in iPadOS.
Apple’s pill line may be complicated, and it is not fairly clear if the iPad Mini is designed to sit down under, above or alongside the entry-level slates within the firm’s line-up. Though given the small measurement of the iPad Mini, you most likely will not think about it for those who’ve already bought a telephone that is practically as massive, just like the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
The final entry within the line was the iPad Mini (2019), so a more moderen model of the pill is overdue and anticipated quickly.
We do not know an excessive amount of concerning the upcoming iPad Mini 6, past a number of leaks and rumors, however we have listed what we all know, or can guess at, under. Then under that we have provide you with a want record of what we need to see within the new iPad Mini in 2021.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Apple’s subsequent tiny iPad
- When is it out? Maybe April 20
- How a lot will it price? Possibly beginning at $399 / £399 / AU$599
iPad Mini 6 release date and value
Apple is internet hosting an occasion on April 20, and that could be the place we see the iPad Mini 6 debut. That’d match with one other release date rumor which says the subsequent iPad Mini fashions might be popping out in early 2021.
That rumor is what we’re basing most of our release predictions on, because it’s from an esteemed leaker.
That mentioned, the slate hasn’t been extensively leaked, which we would suppose it might have been if it was about to launch – so do not be stunned if it would not present up on April 20.
Regarding price ticket, nothing has been leaked to this point, although one report states the iPad Mini will not be as reasonably priced because the 2020 entry-level iPad, because of its specs.
The iPad Mini 5 price between $399 / £399 / AU$599 and $679 / £669 / AU$1019 for its numerous connectivity and space for storing variants, and going by the supposed spec will increase of this new pill, we would anticipate the iPad Mini 6 may go for a contact extra, although it’s very doable it will launch on the identical value.
iPad Mini 6 news and leaks
There are two stories to this point which give us info on the iPad Mini 6 – we have talked about them above, however we’ll unpack every little thing they inform us concerning the pill right here.
One leak factors to the iPad Mini 6 having a Lightning Port, not like a few of Apple’s different tablets –like the latest iPad Pro, which switched to USB-C – in addition to an A13 Bionic chipset (additionally seen within the iPhone 11) and an 8.5-inch display screen.
For context, the 2019 iPad Mini has a 7.9-inch display screen, so that might be a reasonably substantial measurement enhance.
The second leak backs up this measurement assertion, however would not give us any extra info past that and a imprecise release date.
Refreshed iPad Pros and iPad Mini dummies. Triple Camera array on the professionals. Central digicam up prime on iPad mini; barely thicker. Hard to inform and totally different in display screen measurement. pic.twitter.com/5Luizv1T2rApril 8, 2021
We’ve additionally seen leaked dummy models of the iPad Mini 6 which present only a few design modifications from the 2019 mannequin, although maybe the bezels are smaller – you’ll be able to see the photographs above, the place the brand new Mini-iPad is proven alongside dummy fashions of the 2 anticipated iPad Pro (2021) units.
Interestingly we have additionally now heard discuss of an iPad mini Pro. This would apparently have an 8.7-inch display screen, and be wider however shorter than the iPad mini (2019). The supply claims it should launch within the second half of 2021, however we’re not satisfied it exists, and if it does, it is most likely a special slate to the iPad Mini 6.
iPad Mini 6: what we need to see
Here are all the important thing options and specs we need to see within the iPad Mini 6, impressed by our experiences with its predecessor in addition to modifications within the pill market, the slate’s rivals, and Apple’s different iPads.
1. A cheaper price
Apple’s iPad lineup is complicated given the entry-level iPads and iPad Minis largely hit the identical value level, with the Minis typically only a contact pricier.
However the iPad Mini could be a unusual machine in that it is smaller than all its Apple pill brethren, but additionally extra highly effective and expensive, so it is not clearly higher or worse, which might lead folks to being confused as to which they need to purchase.
If the iPad Mini 6 have been to be smaller than the opposite tablets however simply as highly effective, and extra reasonably priced, the excellence between the slates could be clearer, and it might be method simpler for folks to work out which is greatest for them.
This method, the iPad Mini 6 could be an incredible buy for folks searching for a useful little iPad companion with out it being too expensive.
2. A 3.5mm headphone jack
So far all iPad Mini fashions have had 3.5mm headphone jacks, however that is removed from an assured factor given Apple’s behavior of reducing the port from its units.
We’d prefer to see the iPad Mini 6 retain the headphone jack although, as they’re actually helpful for individuals who like their wired headphones in addition to many who prefer to plug their tablets into bodily audio system when house or about.
As effectively as audio output, 3.5mm jacks may also be used for audio enter, and individuals who use their iPads to report music or voice notes would possibly like the choice of utilizing such a wired machine with out taking over the primary connector slot too.
3. Reduced bezels
The present iPad Minis, and certainly iPad Airs and entry-level iPads, are fairly dated in a single key method – all of them have fairly large bezels round them, particularly on the sides, and given even probably the most reasonably priced Android telephones have dramatically decreased bezels these days, this simply will not do.
Big bezels make the scale of the pill greater with out leading to additional display screen measurement, and for an actual ‘mini’ iPad Mini we would not need the slate to be a lot greater than its display screen measurement – particularly if that measurement is because of be elevated.
We’d perceive if Apple needed to retain Touch ID and a bodily button,because it has tended to do on its reasonably priced merchandise together with the essential iPads and iPhone SE (2020), however past this huge bezels are pointless.
4. Apple Pencil 2 help
The iPad Mini 5 is suitable with the primary Apple Pencil, however that is fairly a divisive stylus given its restricted vary of features and the irritating method of charging it (it’s important to bodily plug it in to the pill such that it stands proud like a flag publish).
We’d prefer to see the iPad Mini 5, and certainly all Apple’s tablets, transfer in the direction of utilizing the Apple Pencil 2 as an alternative, which is far more helpful and prices by clipping it magnetically to the slate.
This appears unlikely, given the Apple Pencil 2 is reserved for the high-end iPad Pros proper now – however this can be a wish-list, not a predictions record.
5. No LiDAR scanner
The new iPad Pros in 2020 have LiDAR scanner, and it is rumored the iPhone 12 will too. This is used for AR, which Apple has been making an enormous push in the direction of in the previous couple of years, however AR’s not precisely for everybody.
We’d prefer to see the iPad Mini 6 ship with no LiDAR scanner – not everybody needs, or cares about, AR, and many would possibly really feel irritated if Apple tries to push it on us all.
If there was no LiDAR scanner on the brand new iPad Mini, the worth may effectively be just a little decrease, and most patrons will seemingly want a low value over a potentially-useless scanner.