iPad mini 6

iPad mini 6

The "iPad mini 6" will bring updates to the iPad mini 5, which was released in March 2019. The new small tablet may bring a redesign and other drastic changes to the new mini-tablet. The new generation could feature a bigger screen, faster processor, better cameras, and more.

● Late 2021
● Lightning port or USB-C port
● Complete redesign or keeping the same design
● 8.4in Display
● Touch ID

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Leaks and rumors have been floating around about the 6th generation of the iPad mini since the iPad mini 5 was released in March 2019. Like most device rumors, they focus on the upcoming iPad's design, screen size, cameras, and even which port Apple will bring to the table.

Design, Screen size, and Display

The "iPad mini 6" will likely see minor changes to the screen size but could also feature a bezel-less design. According to Macotakara, it will feature a larger 8.4-inch display compared to 7.9 inches on the generation before. The report from Macotakara also states that it will keep the Touch ID and Lightning port.

Design

On May 5, 2021, Korean blog Naver reported that the iPad would feature an 8.7-inch screen and a miniature version of the iPad Pro, which means the "iPad mini 6" may feature the iPad Pro's bezel-less design that Apple brought to the iPad Air 4 in October 2020. However, when Naver talks about the new iPad mini, it isn't clear if it talks about a possible Pro version of the iPad mini.

An older report released in May 2020 by Kuo stated that the iPad mini model would feature a display between 8.5 inches and 9 inches.

Target's Target's "leaked" iPad mini 6 screen protector

Target was accused of leaking the new iPad mini when images of an OtterBox Kids' Apple iPad mini screen protector. While this was was, presumably, a mistake and not an actual leak, the Target ad features an iPad without bezels in one of the pictures. However, the screen protector sells for the current mini version of the iPad and not the new tablet. Target has also advertised for non-existent Apple products in the past — including an iPhone 9 and an 11-inch iPad.

Display

Some rumors say that the new iPad mini will be upgrading to a new mini LED display. While there are no significant leakers who have backed this rumor, it is part of the rumor that Apple will be adding mini LED displays to most of its devices. The new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, powered by the M1 processor, has a mini LED display, and Apple calls this display its Liquid Retina XDR display.

Touch ID or Face ID

Apple may bring Touch ID to the new iPad mini. Apple is unlikely to feature Face ID in its smallest iPad, given that its other consumer iPad, the iPad Air 4, does not feature Face ID.

David Kowalski and Pigtou mockup a version of the David Kowalski and Pigtou mockup a version of the "iPad mini 6"

If Apple were to change the iPad mini into its bezel-less design, the company would have to find a place to put Touch ID. In January 2021, David Kowalski and Pigtou reported that Touch ID would be in the screen. The other option would be to mirror the newest iPad Air's Touch ID system built into the top button.

If Apple does not give the iPad mini any notable design changes, it is probable that Touch ID will remain on the Home Button, as we've seen in the past.

Lightning or USB-C

The current consumer tablet has the Apple-invented Lightning port connector. That may change with the new version of the iPad mini. Apple has been slowly changing the whole iPad lineup throughout the past few years, starting with the iPad Pro. Last year in October, it switched the iPad Air to USB-C, but on the other hand, the company kept the Lightning port in its eighth generation 10.2-inch iPad in the same year.

Most rumors point to the iPad mini featuring a Lightning port.

2nd Generation Apple Pencil

Apple to add support for the Second Generation Apple Pencil with the iPad mini 6 Apple to add support for the Second Generation Apple Pencil with the iPad mini 6

The "iPad mini 6" is expected to include support for the second-generation Apple Pencil after the iPad mini 5 brought support for the first-generation Apple Pencil. Apple still does sell the first-generation Apple Pencil, so, while it is doubtful, Apple may continue only supporting the first-generation Apple Pencil.

The current iPad mini does not have any way to store the first-generation pencil, and you charge it by plugging it into the lightning port of your iPad. With the iPad Air and Second Generation Pencil, you can store and charge your pencil on the side of the iPad. If Apple were to upgrade support for the new pencil, it would redesign the new small tablet, and the Apple Pencil 2 will connect and charge via a magnetic mount on the side of the iPad.

Back, Front Cameras, and LiDAR Scanner

Based on past releases, odds are the cameras will get a significant upgrade. Currently, the iPad mini has an 8MP back camera. The 8MP camera is a step up from the iPad mini 4 camera, which only had a 5MP camera. It is worth noting that the iPad Air 4 has a 12MP camera, and Apple could bring the 12MP camera to the "iPad mini 6" as a big jump from the 8MP camera it has now.

The front-facing camera on the current iPad mini has a 1.2MP camera. The current iPad Air has a 7MP front camera, and Apple may bring the 7MP camera to the new iPad mini.

The new iPad mini could feature the Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage introduced with the iPad Pro. On the iPad Pro, this system allows for Portrait mode selfies and has a 12MP sensor with a 122-degree field of view for FaceTime and other video calls.

If Apple does redesign the "iPad mini 6," the new tablet may include a back dual-camera system such as the one on the current iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini. This camera system has a Wide and Ultra Wide camera with Night mode and uses Smart HDR 3 to balance details in the photo.

The new "iPad mini 6" is not anticipated to feature the LiDAR Scanner featured on the iPhone 12 Pro models and the iPad Pro. We can assume this because the iPad Air 4 does not feature the LiDAR Scanner.

Expected Processor

According to a report in March 2020 by the Chinese site, MyDrivers, the "iPad mini 6" will be featuring an A13 Bionic chip. Adding the A13 Bionic chip would be one step higher than the A12 Bionic chip in the iPad mini 5, but it would be one step down to the newest iPhone, which has an A14 Bionic chip in it — but this report is seemingly outdated.

We haven't heard many rumors about which processor Apple will put in the new "iPad mini 6" other than this outdated report. Apple may put three different Bionic chips into its new device — the A13 Bionic chip, A14 Bionic chip, or the currently unreleased "A15 Bionic" chip.

The A14 Bionic Chip may be featured in the new iPad mini The new iPad mini may feature an A14 Bionic Chip

Based on Apple's past, the company will put the A14 Bionic or "A15 Bionic" chip into the new consumer tablet. Apple will probably give its smallest iPad the most up-to-date chip. Depending on when Apple releases its new tablet, that chip will be either the A14 Bionic or the A15 Bionic.

Release Date

There have been various false leaks and rumors of the next-generation iPad mini's release date. Kuo said Apple would announce the new iPad at a March event in 2021. Another leaker, Sonny Dickson, expressed that the new mini tablet would be released in early April while showing off pictures of the iPad Pro and iPad mini. But there was no Apple March event, and we did not see a new iPad mini at the April event.

According to the current rumors and Kuo, Apple will release the "iPad mini 6" in late 2021.

Expected Prices

With the assumption that Apple has kept the prices on its tablets the same, the "iPad mini 6" is assumed to keep the same price as the 5th generation iPad mini starting at $399.

The existing base model comes with 64GB of storage with the option to upgrade to 256GB for $150 extra. Apple could increase the base model storage and even add more storage options.

A consumer can add LTE Cellular capabilities can be added to the current iPad mini for $130 more. Besides adding 5G technology, chances are Apple will not make any significant changes to its new iPad mini.

iPad mini 5 (Early 2019)

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Configurations             Discount
64GB Silver iPad mini Wi-Fi Only
 
$399.00
 
$404.99
 
$369.00
 
$379.00
 
n/a
 
n/a
$30.00
64GB Space Gray iPad mini Wi-Fi Only
 
$399.00
 
$399.99
 
$369.00
 
$399.00
 
n/a
 
n/a
$30.00
64GB Gold iPad mini Wi-Fi Only
 
$399.00
 
$399.00
 
$369.00
 
$399.00
 
n/a
 
n/a
$30.00
64GB Silver iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular
 
$529.00
 
$519.00
 
$519.00
 
$519.00
 
n/a
 
n/a
$10.00
64GB Space Gray iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular
 
$529.00
 
$529.99
 
$519.00
 
$529.00
 
n/a
 
n/a
$10.00
64GB Gold iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular
 
$529.00
 
$529.00
 
$525.27
 
$519.00
 
n/a
 
n/a
$10.00
256GB Silver iPad mini Wi-Fi Only
 
$549.00
 
$549.00
 
$562.93
 
$549.00
 
n/a
 
n/a
$0.00
256GB Space Gray iPad mini Wi-Fi Only
 
$549.00
 
$554.00
 
$489.99
 
$549.00
 
n/a
 
n/a
$59.01
256GB Gold iPad mini Wi-Fi Only
 
$549.00
 
$489.99
 
$489.99
 
$539.00
 
n/a
 
n/a
$59.01
256GB Silver iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular
 
$679.00
 
$689.00
 
$689.94
 
$679.00
 
n/a
 
n/a
$0.00
256GB Space Gray iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular
 
$679.00
 
$689.00
 
$689.94
 
$679.00
 
n/a
 
n/a
$0.00
256GB Gold iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular
 
$679.00
 
$668.00
 
$664.00
 
$669.00
 
n/a
 
n/a
$15.00
 

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