One of the great absent from the iPad range in recent years has been the iPad Mini, which many reports left for dead and outside the range of Apple tablets. Well, now information from China suggests that Apple could be developing a new model of iPad Mini to be released in 2021.
All the rumors point to a new iPad Mini Pro for this 2021
Apple is expected to release a sixth-generation iPad mini in the first half of 2021, possibly this March, according to long-standing rumors. However, a new rumor coming from Asia that has gained ground in the last 24 hours suggests that an “iPad mini Pro” will arrive in the second half of this year.
According to a post on the Korean blog Naver, the device features an 8.7-inch screen, which is housed in a chassis that has a greater width and reduced height compared to the existing iPad mini 5.
This so-called “iPad mini Pro” has reportedly passed Apple’s initial R&D and product planning development stages, and is currently in the “P2” design stage, with Apple set to begin design validation testing. early. On the product “Road Map”, Apple would submit it for production validation testing before giving the go-ahead for mass production of the device.
With full screen without frames and with a smaller size
In a potentially related rumor, the occasional Chinese whistleblower Kang claimed on Tuesday that a “smaller, full-screen iPad” was currently in the P2 design stage and is still awaiting engineering validation testing.
On the other hand, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in May 2020 that the next-generation iPad mini will have a screen that measures between 8.5 and 9 inches, compared to the current screen size of 7.9 inches. , while a recent report from Japanese site Mac Otakara, citing supply chain sources in China, said the next iPad mini will have an 8.4-inch screen. Other sources have also reported similar sizes of the 8.x-inch iPad mini.
Mac Otakara’s report explains that the iPad mini will enlarge its screen by reducing its bezels, but it will look similar to the iPad Air 3, with a Touch ID home button, large top and bottom bezels, and a Lightning port. He also believes that this updated iPad mini will have its launch in March, so perhaps it could debut at an event later this month.
Lastly, DigiTimes also believe that an iPad Pro mini-LED will launch in early 2021, as does Korea’s ETNews. Whether or not an “iPad mini Pro” mini-LED will come, and how such a device would fit into Apple’s current iPad lineup remains to be seen. We will be very attentive to see how everything ends and which of these rumors come true.